We know that Vitamin C has a whole host of important roles within the body, but have you heard just how important it is for your skin?
Let’s look at a few of the reasons topical Vitamin C should be a new tool in your skin care toolbox.
Combat Premature Aging from Sun Damage with Vitamin C
UV exposure results in free radical damage that degrades your skin in a variety of ways including the breakdown of collagen and elastin (the two primary proteins needed for firm, resilient looking skin).
- Vitamin C, being a powerful antioxidant, can help neutralize free radicals. This results in a slowing down of the aging process.
- Topical Vitamin C stimulates fibroblast (the most common collagen producing cell) activity which leads to increased collagen production in the skin.
- By preventing damage to existing collagen and stimulating the production of new collagen, the skin appears firmer and the formation of new wrinkles can be lessened.
Prevent and Reduce Age Spots with Vitamin C
Spots are beautiful on the majestic leopard, but for people, they’re one of the most common skin care complaints. Sun spots or “age spots” are another form of UV damage and respond beautifully to topical Vitamin C.
- The wonderful antioxidant properties of Vitamin C protect against and repair UV damage. Vitamin C has actually been shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells in skin.
- Vitamin C can lighten existing age spots as well as help prevent the formation of new ones.
- The best results in brightening the skin with Vitamin C come via consistency in routine. A properly formulated Vitamin C serum should be applied to the skin each day (preferably morning and evening).
Protect Capillaries and Reduce Redness with Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a major strengthener of the blood vessels and can benefit skin that tends to be red or is predisposed towards capillary damage.
- Vitamin C can reduce the tendency towards dilated blood vessels visible in the skin (often called broken capillaries).
- A reduction in overall skin redness may be experienced after prolonged use of topical Vitamin C.
- Vitamin C can improve the appearance of skin affected by Rosacea.
Normalize Problematic Skin with Vitamin C
Oily and breakout prone skin types often experience inflammation and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (brown or pink spots left behind from breakouts). Vitamin C can play a vital role in reducing the complications of oily/breakout prone skin.
- Vitamin C assists in normalizing the skin and healing lesions.
- Areas of discoloration left behind by inflammatory breakouts and pimples can be evened out and often prevented.
Whether 18 or 80, acne or rosacea, dry, oily, or completely normal - everyone can benefit from this powerhouse nutrient!
Topical Vitamin C vs. Oral Vitamin C and Formulation Notes
- Though supplementing Vitamin C through diet offers considerable health benefits, for maximum results in the skin, you must apply it topically.
- Topical application of Vitamin C may be as much as 20 times more effective than oral supplementation (for specific skin benefits).
- The method of delivery to the skin is important for Vitamin C. Vitamin C, on its own, isn’t very good at penetrating the skin. Look for formulations that deliver Vitamin C to the skin with liposome technology. Think of liposomes as little spheres that microscopically encapsulate the Vitamin C, help it penetrate the skin, and deliver all those wonderful antioxidant properties just where the skin needs it most.
- Vitamin C works synergistically with Vitamin E increasing the antioxidant effect and renewing the activity of Vitamin E. Look for formulations that combine these two ingredients in one bottle.
So What Vitamin C Serum Should I Try?
If you’re ready to begin receiving all the benefits a Vitamin C serum can provide your skin, check out SkinPhD’s Liposome C & E Serum. This is THE top selling product in my private skin care studio, and one I use every day myself. It is gentle enough in formulation to not be prone to causing reactivity irritation, yet it is powerful enough to see results very speedily. It is formulated with both Vitamins C and E and possesses a liposome delivery system for maximum delivery to the skin. This product is concentrated, so a little goes a long way! If you’re not yet using a quality C serum, or you’re not seeing results with your current C product, I encourage you to give the SkinPhD Liposome C & E Serum a try!
by Casey Durrett, LEI – National Educator, SkinPhD