The Skin Care Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is well-known for boosting immune systems, but did you know it can also benefit your skin?
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There are quite a few buzzworthy ingredients when it comes to skin care, but none has made quite a splash as Vitamin C.
From an early age, most of us are taught about the basic health benefits of Vitamin C, from curing symptoms of the common cold, to boosting our body’s natural defense mechanism. Whether you’re drinking a glass of orange juice during breakfast, eating fruits and vegetables with every meal, or taking Vitamin C supplements, you are helping your body fight against cancer and heart disease, improving our immune system and blood flow, and relieving stress.
These days, more and more people are finding out that Vitamin C is not only great for our bodies internally, but also how great it is to use on the outside. This superhero antioxidant (also known as ascorbic acid) is an essential part of everyone’s skin care regimen and is ideal for all skin types. Here are five ways that Vitamin C can help to improve your skin.
1. Prevent Damage
Antioxidants like Vitamin C are nature’s solution to the damage done to our skin by free radicals. What are free radicals? These are tiny molecules are found in our environment – whether it’s from sunlight, pollution, stress, or even formed by our own bodies – that damage cells and cause the rapid aging of skin. Using Vitamin C enriched products helps to neutralize free radicals, thereby preventing further damage by smoothing fine lines and reversing the aging process of our skin.
2. Brighten Skin
Our bodies produce melanin, a pigment that gives skin its beautiful color. Exposure to various elements such as the sun causes the production of more melanin, which causes dark spots on our skin. A skin care product that contains Vitamin C increases the glutathione in our bodies, producing a lighter pigment and prevents discoloration, giving you a more vibrant complexion.
3. Sun Protection
We normally think of sunscreen as the only topical solution to protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. However, the benefits of an antioxidant like Vitamin C include preventing sunburn caused by damaging UV rays by slowing down the production of free radicals. Studies have also shown that Vitamin C helps to enhance the SPF in various sun protection products. The next time that you apply sunblock, think about adding a layer of Vitamin C serum or moisturizer to get the extra protection that your skin needs.
4. Boost Collagen Health
Collagen is a type of protein that is found in our skin and the connective tissues that give our skin its strength and elasticity. It’s also been commonly referred to as the glue that holds our body together. As we age, the production of collagen also slows down and causes everything from weaker joints to wrinkles and saggy skin. Enter Vitamin C! Consuming this essential vitamin or using products that incorporate it into the formula helps to form more collagen, leaving us with healthy and youthful skin for years to come.
5. Even Skin Tone
In addition to its health benefits, Vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that reduces redness. By fighting free radicals and supporting collagen health in our bodies, Vitamin C helps to prevent and reduce skin inflammation as well as to repair damaged blood vessels. This powerful ingredient that is essential for a healthy lifestyle and skin regimen will even out skin tone and leave you looking even more radiant. Just one thing to note: Vitamin C oxidizes and loses its effectiveness over time. In order to prevent the rapid oxidation of your Vitamin C skin care, look for non-oxidizing formulas or products that use airless pumps.
Want to get more “C” in your skin routine? We recommend the DERMA E Vitamin C collection to help brighten skin, boost collagen health, even skin tone, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a patented non-oxidizing Vitamin C formula.