how vitamin c helps the skin
WHAT IS VITAMIN C
Effective and extremely popular, Vitamin C is one skin care ingredient that has continued to gain momentum in the past few years. From anti-ageing to brightening properties, Vitamin C has multiple benefits and can be applied through different products.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and essential nutrient that helps rebuild and restore tissue damage, but is one the human body does not produce on its own. Naturally, Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables, such as guavas, bell peppers, strawberries, oranges and tomatoes. However, the topical application of Vitamin C has proven to give quicker results for brighter, smoother skin.
BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C
Facilitates the production of collagen: Collagen is an important protein that helps give our skin elasticity and therefore, keeps it smooth and supple. Applying Vitamin C regularly can boost the production of collagen, giving you healthy skin.
Brightens the skin: Vitamin C seeps into the skin’s dermal layer to give you visibly brighter, glowing skin with regular use.
Protects against environmental stressors: By fighting against free radicals from pollution and ultraviolet light, which cause dullness, pigmentation and wrinkles, Vitamin C protects the skin and reduces or delays visible signs of skin ageing.
Boosts the efficacy of sunscreen: It’s well known that the UVA and UVB rays from the sun and blue from smart devices cause damage to the skin. While wearing sunscreen is absolutely imperative for skin protection, you can significantly boost your sunscreen’s efficacy by adding a layer of Vitamin C. Studies show that by neutralising the attack of free radicals, topically applied Vitamin C can reduce the damage caused by UV rays by up to 60%.
Reduces dark spots and pigmentation: With continued use, Vitamin C can significantly reduce the appearance of dark spots, pigmentation redness and patches on your skin, giving you an even tone.
HOW TO USE VITAMIN C
Cleanser: Cleansing is the first step to a healthy skin care routine and choosing a face wash with Vitamin C in it will bring you closer to glowing skin. The Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser is a cleanser-cum-exfoliant that helps remove surface debris, addresses signs of ageing and gives you healthy, even-toned skin.
Serum: The most popular way to topically apply Vitamin C is with a serum. A serum should be applied after toning and before moisturising, and adding a serum to your routine has many benefits. The Biolumin-C Serum consists of two highly stable forms of Vitamin C which work together to provide long-term stability and higher protection. It enhances the skin’s natural defence system to brighten, firm and help dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Moisturiser: Hydration is a key element of a skin care regime for healthy skin and adding Vitamin C to this step has many advantages, such as more protection and better nourishment. The Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream provides 48 hours of nonstop hydration and protects your skin from environmental assault. The formula locks in moisture and protects the skin, and the Vitamin C brightens the skin for a natural glow.
Booster: Mixed with your moisturiser or even applied on its own, a booster can take your skin care game to the next level. It’s an added layer of protection, hydration and repair that your skin will thank you for. The Solar Defence Booster SPF50 contains Vitamin C and can give you an even-toned, bright, glowing complexion, while protecting you from sun damage.