What exactly is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that works by neutralizing the production of highly reactive molecules called free radicals. This in turn prevents or reduces damage to our cells. To put it another way, antioxidants help to keep our body and skin cells healthy.
There are several different types of vitamin C in skincare products. Ascorbic Acid is the most well known—it absorbs the fastest and has the highest potency when applied topically. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is another water-soluble derivative of vitamin C that can be effective in lower concentrations. Ester-C, is a trademarked form of vitamin C that is paired with Calcium Ascorbate. In terms of skin care, your best bet is a product containing Ascorbic Acid since it is the most stable and effective form.
Why should I be putting it on my skin?
I’m sure, by now, you already know that Vitamin C is good for you when taken orally as a supplement to boost your immune system, but it also has a TON of benefits for your skin!
Here is a laundry list of reasons to add a Vitamin C Serum to your regular skincare routine:
- Reduces hyperpigmentation and brown spots – Vitamin C inhibits melanin production in the skin, which will help to reduce hyperpigmentation and brown spots, even out skin tone, and enhance skin radiance.
- Defends against free radicals – As mentioned before, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure.
- Boosts the production of collagen – Vitamin C boosts cell turnover and regeneration by repairing skin from sun damage and collagen loss. Giving you firmer and more supple skin.
- Brightens dull skin – By reducing hyperpigmentation and promoting cell turnover, Vitamin C gives skin a glowing appearance.
- Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines – Since Vitamin C promotes collagen production, it will soften existing fine lines and wrinkles while preventing new ones.
How to use it?
Vitamin C serums typically come in different concentrations ranging from 5% – 20%. It is recommended to start with a low concentration if you have sensitive skin or allergies.
It is best to add a Vitamin C serum to your morning skincare routine. Just like most serums, you will want to use a few drops and lightly pat into your skin, after cleansing, but before applying moisturizer. It can take a few weeks to see results, so be patient!
Quick tip – look for a Vitamin C serum that also contains Vitamin E, as this will boost the effectiveness of protecting the skin against free radicals.
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