All about: Antipodes Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (AKA ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make the sunny-hued little beauty a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have even shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photo damage. To break the news gently: you NEED the stuff on your face, as well as in your diet. Lucky for us there’s some clever skincare brands doing unique things with it, and formulas to suit every skin.

The latest innovation in Vitamin C I’ve tried is from New Zealand skincare legend Antipodes, which arrives just in time for increased mask wearing and the warmer months. A beautifully light yet efficacious water gel serum formula that goes by the name Glow Ritual, the newest release from New Zealand’s globally awarded Scientific Green Beauty brand is quite the marvel.
Perfect for any skin type (huge bonus), the clever formulation harnesses the powers of Kakadu plum, a natural wonder that contains up to 100 times the Vitamin C of oranges, to instantly boost radiance and protect against free radical damage. Also in the heady mix is plant-based hyaluronic acid, the brand’s signature brightening Vinanza® Grape and Kiwi, and buzz ingredient bakuchiol, making for a beautiful daily serum for skin that glows without makeup.
So the certified vegan formulation comes with Vitamin C’s anti-aging abilities, offering powerful protection against the oxidative stress that can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, and also brightens, minimises pigmentation, and helps boost collagen. And while synthetic Vitamin C products can be sensitising, Antipodes has developed a 100 per cent natural origin formulation that is stable and gentle on skin.
“For maximum stability, synthetic Vitamin C products are formulated with an extremely acidic pH, which can irritate and sensitise,” says Antipodes founder and CEO, Elizabeth Barbalich. “Glow Ritual is effective because it utilises a natural Vitamin C-rich fruit compound – making this glow-giving serum not only gentle and ultra-clean, but every bit as stable and effective as conventional Vitamin C formulas.”
Science also validates Glow Ritual’s efficacy, with the Vitamin C serum shown in-vitro to inhibit oxidative stress in fibroblast skin cells. And as Vitamin C serums are most effective during the day thanks to their role in protecting the skin against free radical damage, Glow Ritual is specifically developed for morning application and has been super easy to slot into my usual routine. For best results, a few drops should be massaged into the face, neck and décolletage daily after cleansing, then go forth and layer as you see fit. I love that you can also use the light-wear serum as a primer, layered as a highlighter, or mixed into moisturiser to lend an instant radiance boost, and naturally, Antipodes Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum is certified vegan by the UK Vegetarian Society (VegSoc) and free from toxic ingredients. I have fallen hard for this beauty’s silky feel and easy absorption, and with a price point of around $50, it’s affordable luxury done well. If you’re in the market for a Vitamin C powered serum that won’t irritate, Glow Ritual comes highly recommended.
Antipodes Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum is available now.


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