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The Holy Grail of Skin Care

Benefits

  • Evens out skin tones

  • Antioxidant – against pollution and other free radicals

  • Significantly improves skin hydration

  • Refresh, visibly firm and renew skin

  • Improves skin brightness and fights against aging

  • Increases collagen & elastin production

  • Inhibits melanin production reducing pigmentation

Just as Vitamin C is an essential part of your diet, it is also an important step in your skin care routine. The human body does not produce its own Vitamin C but relies on obtaining it through nutritional and topical applications. Vitamin C benefits for skin include stimulating collagen production and neutralising free radicals. Daily use of a balanced and stabilised Vitamin C facial serum will ensure that your skin soaks up all of the perks of this powerful ingredient.

Skin Care with Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) helps to improve the brightness and tone of your skin. It’s an antioxidant that fights against signs of aging, helping to repair the cells and avoid free radical damage. The free radicals often lead to pigmentation issues, sagging, wrinkles and other signs of aging (not to mention skin cancer).

The most common way to get vitamin C in a skin care routine is in a serum. But you don’t have to limit yourself! If you’d rather not add an extra step to your regimen, know that you can also get vitamin C in cleansers, moisturisers, exfoliants, and even sunscreens.

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is one of those nutrients that the body can’t create or store, but is essential for proper bodily functions. You need to get it into your diet through your food, or topically through your skin care products. It is a nutrient and antioxidant. Regular and consistent use of topical Vitamin C serums is proven to deliver exceptional results. This powerful antioxidant delivers an array of benefits that compliment your regular skin care regimen. These benefits include synthesis of collagen, helping to repair signs of aging, sun damage, reducing pigmentation and fighting the appearance of discolouration and age spots.

Vitamin C can be synthetically derived or is found naturally occurring in citrus fruits. It is scientifically proven to repair and build skin tissue. This water-soluble molecule can neutralise free radicals, help prevent the damage free radicals cause and fight against oxidative stress. It also contains a property that inhibits your skin’s melanin production, which is what causes skin discolouration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation. With continued topical use, it can help prevent dark spots from forming in the first place. It’s a superior brightening agent that works to fade brown spots without altering normal skin pigmentation. 

We always recommend applying your Vitamin C serum in the morning, after your skin cleanse and before your moisturiser and SPF sunscreen. Can be re-applied in the evening, after cleansing and before moisturising, if desired. All forms of vitamin C mix well and layer with other skin care ingredients, including exfoliating acids and other vitamins and antioxidants, such as retinol and niacinamide 

Pure C

There are many forms of Vitamin C for skin, and while they all have antioxidant benefits, some types work better in skin care formulas than others. The difference between pure vitamin C and vitamin C derivatives is how effective they are when used in topical application. L-Ascorbic Acid is the purest form and the most effectively absorbed form of Vitamin C. In clinical studies, derivatives of ascorbic acids (including magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl-6-palmitate, and dehydroascorbic acid) were not shown as effective when applied topically, as they do not provide the full benefits of the pure form of Vitamin C.

L-Ascorbic Acid – has the most skin-related research of any form of Vitamin C. The most effective formulas have a pH of less than 4 (between 2.6 and 3.2 is ideal). Those with sensitive skins, or those finding Vitamin C irritating, should look for products with a higher pH level (above 4) – while they will probably be less effective (a lower pH generally indicates a lower concentration in the serum) they will also be less irritating. And, as with many products, not all serums are created equal. Components like the type and concentration, the ingredient list, and even the kind of bottle or dispenser make or break your serum’s benefits — and your skin. 

To identify which form, pH level or concentration is best for your skin type or skin condition, speak with our skin specialist.

Other Names for Vitamin C

The following are forms of C as they may appear on skin care ingredient lists – Ascorbic Acid (L-Ascorbic Acid); Ascorbyl Palmitate; Sodium Ascorbate; Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate; Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP); Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA) (also denoted Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate); Ascorbyl Glucoside; Ascorbyl Glucosamine; Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate.

When added to your daily routine, C provides a range of benefits, from evening out your skin tone, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer!

Packaging

Vitamin C is extremely sensitive. Routine exposure to air, light, and heat can degrade your serum. If you want to get the best possible results from your vitamin C serum or moisturiser it needs to be in an opaque, air-restrictive bottle or pump container to help ensure the ingredients remain stable. A cream that comes in a jar, unfortunately, won’t remain effective for long. Look for colour changes in your serum – many serums are yellowish in colour – if the serum begins to develop a brownish hue then is has suffered oxidisation and it’s time to toss it out. Similarly, serums that are clear when you purchase them and then begin to develop a yellow hue – oxidisation and reduced effectiveness.

A Guide to Selecting the Best Skin Care Products

Your skin is the bodies largest organ. Its major functions are protection, regulation and sensation. If our skin is not functioning to its full ability, these functions may become compromised.

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of skin care options these days. Not only are there doctors, dermatologists, skin care professionals and aestheticians telling you this or that, you also have YouTubers, bloggers and beauty enthusiasts flooding you with thoughts and ideas too. It’s no wonder there are so many skin issues and concerns these days. When you don’t know where to start or what information is reliable, how is your skin really going to respond? More importantly, the use of incorrect skin care products can actually exasperate your condition or cause additional skin problems.

The use of professional active ingredient skin care is recommended. The “Professional” skin care products we recommended on this site can only be purchased through certified stockists and practitioners who are required to provide their professional advice on the application of these products, (as opposed to those you can purchase over the counter (OTC) in department stores and supermarkets). These recommended professional products contain;-

  • higher levels of active ingredients to boost your skin’s health and correct skin problems 
    (OTC product lines have less active ingredients to minimise the chance of irritation to protect the buyer)
  • are backed by clinical studies 
    (not exaggerated unsubstantiated claims)
  • are made in small batches and distributed to trained or licensed skin care therapists, spas and salons to be supplied with professional advice on their use  
    (OTC products are made for the masses and sold in department stores and supermarkets) 
  • contain small molecule technology for dermal and epidermal penetration
    (OTC products that lack active ingredients, have large molecules which are not able to penetrate the skin. When a product can’t properly penetrate the skin, it will only “superficially” treat and temporarily provide relief to skin concerns. This gives the illusion that the products are working without actually treating the skin. Professional lines use molecular technology that penetrates the skin producing clinical results)
  • are packaged in airless pump packs to eliminate spoilage of ingredients  when exposed to the air
  • have pH balanced and adjusted ingredients – skin functions at its prime when the natural pH is between a 4.5 and 5.5.
    (Often OTC products don’t take pH into consideration and will leave the skin in an alkaline state. When the skin is alkaline, bacteria and free radicals (such as pollution) can invade the skin)
  • do not contain unnecessary fillers and preservatives

Professional skin care often has a reputation of being “too expensive” but that is more often than not actually far from the truth. A good professional line will price their products according to the concentration of active ingredients versus fillers and are actually overall more budget-friendly. It is a common mistake to overuse products which leads to the perception that professional skin care is more expensive. Our Skin Specialist will advise you on the appropriate amount and when to use the products according to your skin condition and type. When used properly, professional skin care products will last longer and work better giving you the ultimate bang for your buck. OTC products will have a lower upfront cost but over time can be similar in price or more expensive than professional skin care and won’t actually repair the skin condition being treated.

Skin Care products containing Vitamin C

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$135.00 inc. GST
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Affirm
$125.00 inc. GST
Damage Reduction - Repair and Restore - A supercharged daily antioxidant superserum. Affirm is packed with ten highly active skin-specific antioxidant...
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Age Management Kit
$270.00 inc. GST
Combat the signs of aging head on with the Aspect Professional Age Management Kit. Containing four cosmeceutical grade products that work synergistica...
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Age Management Kit
$270.00 inc. GST
Combat the signs of aging head on with the Aspect Dr Age Management Kit. Containing four cosmeceutical grade products that work synergistically to tar...
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AHA BHA Cleanser
$69.00 inc. GST
A foaming exfoliating cleanser ideal for acne sufferers. Brand new to the Aspect Dr range, the AHA BHA Cleanser harnesses the power of hydroxy acids t...
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Basic Starter Kit
$135.00 inc. GST
The Aspect Starter Kit is an antioxidant-enriched collection, ideal for people keen to experience the Aspect difference. Gently cleanse, hydrate, exfo...
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BHA Purifying Gel
$135.00 inc. GST
Acne sufferers with sensitive skin rejoice! Formulated with Salicylic Acid, this lightweight gel helps to control problematic skin, acne, blemishes an...
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Brightening Serum
$95.00 inc. GST
Societe Brightening Serum - a technological breakthrough. Reduce pigmentation and help take control of your skin’s redness. A multi-tasking anti-aging...
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C Infusion TX Mask
$84.00 inc. GST
This ultra-nourishing anti-aging mask is brimming with Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acids, antioxidants and peptides, creating a silky smooth anti-aging tr...
Dermaquest C Infusion C3-Cleanser
C3 Cleanser
$66.00 inc. GST
Overflowing with antioxidants, this foaming cleanser purifies and preserves while slowing the effects of harmful external free radicals. Feel refreshe...
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C3 Serum
$145.00 inc. GST
The C3 Serum uses a lipid-soluble vitamin C: BV-OSC and Orange Plant Stem Cells, known to gently tone and firm top layers of skin while protecting ski...
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Calming Relief Balm
$99.00 inc. GST
Societe Calming Relief Balm - The advanced, high-achieving balm targets the concerns of problem skin. Especially, those complexions with skin conditio...
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Cellablation
$62.00 inc. GST
Keep your dead skin cell build up at bay with this phenomenal granular exfoliator. Being a multipurpose scrub not only will it polish your skin leavin...
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Clarifying Prep Solution
$79.00 inc. GST
Societe Clarifying Prep Solution is a skin prepping agent for problematic and inflamed skins. Formulated with antioxidants, plant essential extracts a...
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Clear Skin Essentials Kit
$135.00 inc. GST
If you experience acne breakouts and want a clearer, more glowing complexion, this is the kit for you - containing everything you need to clean, nurtu...
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Complete Pigment Plus
$160.00 inc. GST
Pigmentation sufferers get excited today! A powerful, fast-absorbing age spot, pigmentation & skin brightening serum that may reduce the look of u...
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DermaClear Mask
$84.00 inc. GST
Non-drying kaolin clay mask soothes irritated, problematic and impaired acne skin. This comforting mask cools and protects tender skin while evening o...
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EvenSkin Cleanser
$66.00 inc. GST
This illuminating sulphate free foaming cleanser helps to even out skin tone and deliver valuable nutrients to the skin. A  brightening cleanser that...
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EvenSkin VitaBrite
$115.50 inc. GST
Illuminating botanical and anti-aging peptides work together to help address age spots and other pigmented areas. This serum is mindfully blended to b...
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Exfoliating Clay Mask
$62.00 inc. GST
Gentle purifying clay-based mask designed to exfoliate the skin to draw out impurities and decongest pores, while AHA's and BHA's help to exfoliate, l...
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Extreme C 20
$135.00 inc. GST
Aspect Extreme C 20 is the ultimate anti-aging serum. A powerful antioxidant serum containing Vitamin C and peptides to help promote skin elasticity a...
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Eyelift
$135.00 inc. GST
For the cosmetic management of dark circles, fine lines & puffiness. Don't be weighed down with eye baggage! Aspect Dr Eyelift is a powerful antio...
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Fruit Enzyme Mask
$62.00 inc. GST
Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask is a gentle exfoliating enzyme mask that helps lift dead skin from the surface. Ideal for all skin type including sensitive,...
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Glow Mask
$90.00 inc. GST
Cosmedix Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask helps remove dead surface cells first to provide optimal absorption of brightening ingredients and reduce the ap...
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Hand and Body Cream
$32.00 inc. GST
Nurture and replenish dry, dehydrated skin with a blend of vitamins, antioxidants and shea butter for instant hydration. An ultra hydrating and rejuve...
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Hyaluronic Serum
$135.00 inc. GST
Does your skin look a little thirsty? Hyaluronic serum is the skins answer to dehydration. A hydration boosting serum formulated with Hyaluronic Acid...
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Hydrating Mask
$62.00 inc. GST
Rehab for dry, stressed skin. This luxurious mask contains a blend of hydrating ingredients and antioxidants to help combat the visible signs of aging...
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Hydrating Serum
$135.00 inc. GST
Moisture Restorer | Aspect Hydrating Serum uses a blend of Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, calm and replenish moisture. Packed with antioxidants, this ser...
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iComplete Kit
$279.00 inc. GST
Societe's recommended two step regimen design for use following injections and other anti-aging procedures to enhance and extend results. The perfect...
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Illuminate and Lift
$115.00 inc. GST
CosMedix Illuminate and Lift provides superior moisturisation, helps reduce the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation, and makes the skin look...
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Illuminating Polish
$59.50 inc. GST
A triple-action exfoliant combining enzymes, AHA's & Ecoscrub® to gently polish skin, removing lifeless cells. Leaves skin instantly smoother...
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Jungle Brew
$135.00 inc. GST
Spotty, excessively oily or impure skin? Purify problematic skin and target concerns including excess oil and imperfections. The lightweight texture o...
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Limited Edition Skin Care Kit
$357.80 $199.95 inc. GST
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT SOMEONE SPECIAL The Aspect 2020 Skin Care Kit is a Limited Edition antioxidant-enriched collection, ideal for people keen to...
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Limited Edition Skin Care Kit
$363.50 $199.95 inc. GST
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$92.00 inc. GST
Cosmedix Normal Skin Kit  - this four-piece kit contains everything you need to rejuvenate skin and address many skin concerns. If you’ve been conside...
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Nourishing Peptide Cream
$130.00 inc. GST
Aiming to reverse the aging process at the source. Nurture overworked skin. This antioxidant-rich cream is formulated with anti-aging plant extracts t...
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Nourishing Peptide Rich
$150.00 inc. GST
Nourishing Peptide Rich moisturiser is formulated to address dry, mature skin types. through the use of advanced peptides, antioxidants & essentia...
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Optiboost Complex Serum
$135.00 inc. GST
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Phytostat 9
$92.00 inc. GST
Deliver a surge of hydration to reveal smoother more vibrant looking skin with this every day, go-to moisturiser. Reverse the visible signs of aging a...
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Pigment Punch +
$149.50 inc. GST
A brightening and refining serum to prevent and treat age spots, sun-damage and all forms of hyper-pigmentation on the skin. Formulated with potent an...
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Pigment Punch Body
$49.50 inc. GST
Target areas of the body that show the signs of aging, including décolletage and back of hands. This multi-functional body cream combines Tyrostat-11...
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Problem Skin Serum
$135.00 inc. GST
An acne superstar! This face-saving serum contains a unique variety of stabilised Vitamin C, plus a trio of Amazonian herbal extracts that are clinica...
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Pure C
$85.00 inc. GST
Cosmedix Pure C contains 100% pure L-ascorbic acid, the most powerful form of Vitamin C in a new and unique mixing crystal/powder form. Age-defying, d...
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Pure Enzymes
$85.00 inc. GST
A refreshing yet powerful chirally correct Cranberry Enzyme and Lactic Acid mask. It exfoliates and softens the skin, and is perfect for sun damaged o...
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Red-Less 21
$135.00 inc. GST
Suffer from chronic redness, sensitive skin, rosacea, or dry and stressed-out skin? Say hello to your skin care solution - Aspect Red-Less 21. Relaxat...
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Redless Serum
$135.00 inc. GST
Brilliant for alleviating dry, red and stressed skins, Aspect Dr Redless is essential to any skin care regime. Red, sensitive skin sufferers and mild...
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Refinishing Complex
$120.00 inc. GST
Societe Refinishing Complex with PRT is a Vitamin A and AHA/BHA night treatment serum. A skin treatment formula designed to aid in the retexturising o...
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Retinol Brulee
$135.00 inc. GST
Aspect Retinol Brulee - Vitamin A Serum - A refining night serum containing Retinol, that helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reve...
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Rx Clean
$74.00 inc. GST
Cleanse and Balance. The ultimate exfoliating cleanser designed to eliminate oil and impurities for softer, even-looking skin. Immediate improvement i...
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Sheer Hydration
$89.00 inc. GST
This super hydrating non-comedogenic cream boasts antioxidant benefits while addressing skin concerns of dehydration, & visible signs of aging. He...
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Simply Brilliant
$110.00 inc. GST
Cosmedix Simply Brilliant is a gentle yet powerful brightening serum that eliminates dark spots and pigmentation for more evenly-toned and radiant ski...
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Skin Hydration Complex
$99.00 inc. GST
A refreshing boost of hydration, Societe Skin Hydration Complex leaves the skin moisturised and elasticised. With strong antioxidant properties, Socie...
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Soothing Kit
$160.00 inc. GST
The perfect support system for sensitive skin post-non-ablative procedures. Comprising three key products that work in harmony to soothe, calm and res...
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Soothing Kit
$160.00 inc. GST
Support your skin following professional salon procedures. Aspect Soothing Skin Kit is the ideal after-care routine, with soothing, calming ingredient...
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Starter Kit
$135.00 inc. GST
An essential starting point for those new to clinical cosmeceuticals, the Aspect Dr Starter Kit is perfect for men, women and gift seekers alike. Four...
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Super Moisturising Complex
$92.00 inc. GST
A luxuriously rich moisturising cream formulated with hyaluronic acid to help plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Aspect SMC is a super-r...
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Triple C
$199.00 inc. GST
Award Winning Societe Triple C. Unlike other vitamin C serums which can be unstable, prone to breakdown or just not potent enough to give real benefit...
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Try Me Kit
$45.00 inc. GST
Aspect Try Me Kit - designed to be the perfect low-cost option for those wishing to experience the Aspect range prior to purchasing full sized product...
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Try Me Kit
$45.00 inc. GST
Aspect Dr Try Me Kit - designed to be the perfect low-cost option for those wishing to experience the Aspect Dr range prior to purchasing full-sized p...
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Ultra Light Hydration
$89.00 inc. GST
A lightweight oil-free moisturiser formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and essential vitamins to help replenish hydration. Aspect Dr Ultra Light Hydration...
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Vitamin D Complex
$199.00 inc. GST
A luxurious, hydrating cream formulated with Vitamin D to soothe and protect damaged skin that occurs with age. Boosting peptides and refining Pore Pe...
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