Vitamin C, the much beloved skin booster, comes in many forms, all with slightly different properties when it comes to stabilization, delivery or molecular chemistry. It’s the stability + efficacy + skin friendliness that we prioritize at REN Clean Skincare, which is why we use Kakadu Plum (more below!) as well as two additional forms of man-made Vitamin C, Tetraisopalmitate and Magnesium Phosphate. These forms of Vitamin C are incredibly effective (even at less than 1%), are very stable and are friendlier for sensitive skin. Think of this as us hedging our antioxidant bets for you by including variety in the formula for the best outcome.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that occurs naturally in the skin, which should give you a clue that it serves some very important functions. As an antioxidant, it helps to prevent environmental damage that can lead to a plethora of skin concerns such as dullness, an uneven skin tone and texture, and much more.
Kakadu Plum, our superfruit hero and the key source of vitamin C in our new product, has been recorded as having the highest natural source of this vitamin in the food industry (100x more than a standard orange) and contains 5x the antioxidant capability of blueberries. It not only helps boost the skin’s natural brightness and evens the appearance of skin tone, but helps protect against damaging free radicals too. I love that it also contains vitamin E, and a rich variety of minerals like zinc, folate, magnesium, and calcium. It truly is the ‘super’ of superfoods.
Our formula also uses pure Dragon Fruit extract (cold pressed from the fruit with no water added) to support the skin’s microbiome with naturally occurring prebiotics and hydration-boosting minerals. Finally, we used Pomegranate Seed extract – one of the richest sources of omega 5 – to soothe the skin and help strengthen the skin barrier. As an essential fatty acid, it can help stimulate keratinocyte proliferation, which promotes regeneration of the epidermis (outer skin layer).
Finally, as I mentioned earlier, we’ve added Tetraisopalmitate and Magnesium Phosphate, which are stable and oil-soluble forms of man-made vitamin C that are kinder to sensitive skin. These are easily absorbed and converted into vitamin C in the skin and further help to promote brightness and even the appearance of skin tone with less irritation.
Overall, this formula is for those of us who want protection against damaging free radicals, but who also don’t need that classic vitamin C ‘sting’ in our lives. Perfect for retinol users, sensitive skin folk, or active city-dwellers who want to layer it with their favorite SPF for maximum skin protection, radiant glowing skin, and a healthier skin surface over time.
About the Author
With over 20 years experience in luxury beauty, David Delport brings both cosmetics and skincare expertise to his role as REN Clean Skincare’s Global Ambassador, having worked for renowned brands like NARS, Laura Mercier and Trish McEvoy. During his 12-year career at REN Clean Skincare, David has worked in-hand with product development, while employing his own industry knowledge.
Based in London, but regularly working between LA, New York and Paris, David shares expertise through clean skincare masterclasses. His enthusiastic and educational talks help to create press and customer engagement on a global scale.Personally, David is super-passionate about the environment, especially the protection of our oceans. A trained scuba diver, and advocate of nature conservation, he embodies the "Clean to Skin. Clean to Planet." ethos of REN Clean Skincare, making him an ideal and authentic international ambassador for the brand. Follow him @david_renskincare for more skincare and wellness advice.