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Ingredient of the Year: Vitamin C


For decades, we have heard of the importance of vitamin C. Drink a glass of orange juice or take a supplement, and you’re good to go for the day. Right? Did you know that topical applications of the multi-beneficial vitamin are actually more effective when it comes to skincare than ingesting it (Curtis,
Very Well Health)?

Google users certainly caught on to this trend near the end of 2020, as it was the most searched skincare ingredient throughout the year, and as of today, it isn’t letting up. “Vitamin C” is back up the
Google Trends charts, leaving many to wonder why this classic ingredient is making such a big comeback in the skincare and beauty industries. As a strong advocate and developer of cleansers and skin care products containing this valuable ingredient, we are here to give you an accurate rundown.

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid when referring to skincare products, is a powerful antioxidant and an essential nutrient for the proper functioning of our immune system. It is so vital, in fact, that many animals are born with the ability to produce their own vitamin C. We, as humans, are not so lucky in this sense. Therefore we must obtain this vital nutrient through foods, supplements, and topical treatments. Vitamin C is critical to healing and protection from free radicals.

How Can Vitamin C Help Keep Skin Healthy?

When used in skincare products, vitamin C has many of the same benefits as ingesting it for internal health – just for your external skin instead. Beauty experts at Allure tout it as the ‘holy grail’ of skincare ingredients, stating that everything from acne scars to uneven, dull skin can be treated with classic and reliable vitamin C (Dancer,
Allure). It works as both a shield and a regenerative agent for skin cells by boosting collagen and melanin, leaving skin brighter, and more evenly toned, reducing fine lines, and influencing hydration. Vitamin C also has anti-inflammatory properties.

What Types of Bar Soap Contain Vitamin C?

Look at the label when searching for bar soap containing this valuable nutrient. Vitamin C is typically listed as ‘ascorbic acid’ in the ingredient list, although many products will call out the benefits of this additive right on the front of the product. A few of our top picks for vitamin C-rich formulas include
Shea Moisture’s Papaya & Vitamin C Revive and Brighten Bar, Palmer’s Anti-Dark Spot Complexion Bar, and the Basis Vitamin Bar.

If you want to formulate your unique bar soap or shampoo bar rich in vitamin C, consider partnering with Bradford.
Contact us today to see how we can help your customers reap all of the skincare benefits of this trending nutrient.  


Curtis, Lindsay. “Vitamin C Benefits for Skin.” Very Well Health. 27 October 2020. Web.

Dancer, Rebecca. “Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C, the Holy Grail of Skin-Care Ingredients.” Allure. 1 December 2019. Web.

Wiseman, Ellie. “Should We All Be Using Face Washes That Contain Vitamin C?” Grazia. 12 November 2019. Web.

“Vitamin C” Google Trends. 2021. Web. 


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