Mom was right. You're not getting enough Vitamin C.
When you were a kid, she probably forced it on you in a dozen different ways that included juice, palm-sized mandarins stuffed into lunch bags and even the occasional popsicle. Now that you're older, though, there's no one to harass you about the benefits of citrus in your life.
It's not enough to buy oranges, though. Your face needs Vitamin C, too.
Have you ever watched the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and wondered how in the world those Angels get such glowing complexions? Aside from the expensive spray tans and world-class makeup artists, it's a product of their skin-care routines.
Alessandra Ambrosio, Jourdan Dunn and Jasmine Tookes (to mention just a few), swear by the addition of Vitamin C to their daily beauty rituals.
Because Vitamin C is an antioxidant, it undoes some of the damage you created by lying in the sun at the beach all summer. It also boosts collagen, leading to plump, more youthful skin.
Not to mention, Vitamin C fades dark spots and evens out redness. Essentially, you're replacing the naturally occurring Vitamin C in the outer layers of your skin that's been lost to UV light.
You could say it's the miracle cure your face has been missing.
Using it regularly over a long period of time has similar effects to gently winding the digital hands of your Apple watch backwards.
For the past few weeks, I've been trying out celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas' Vitamin C face wash, and it's making a visible difference in the redness on my cheeks and around my nose. Vargas famously administers her treatments to model Karlie Kloss, who looks like her facial skin is made from the plush bottom of a newborn who hasn't yet sat down.
Though Vargas' wash isn't cheap, ballers on a budget aren't cut from the Vitamin C club. Skin care nerd favorite Paula's Choice, which exclusively releases products backed by dermatological research, offers a trial-size, 25 percent Vitamin C spot treatment for less than $20. Mario Badescu also sells a five-star rated serum.
Try one out, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Don't say I never got you anything nice.