Take 10 years off your skin with Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke (free radicals) reduce the amount of vitamin C produced in our skin, this contributes to signs of aging. (loss of tone and elasticity and wrinkles)
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows down the rate of free-radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. (uv, smoking, sun, alcohol)
Vitamin C is a great form of skin care and it can be used by almost any skin type or condition. Vitamin C is good for providing strength to the skin, so anybody with a slight impairment to the skin will benefit greatly from the repairing properties of vitamin c. It is also an extremely powerful antioxidant, which can benefit anybody in terms of anti-ageing and overall skin health. Applying vitamin C on a daily basis will ensure skin health remains at its optimum.
The good news
is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C. One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen
, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.
If skin is irritated-remaining constantly on guard for invaders and aggressors causes stress in the skin, Stress depletes Vitamin C levels, as Vitamin C is used up rapidly by the adrenal glands that supply the stress hormones.
It is a well-known fact that smoking reduces vitamin C levels in smokers but evidence also shows that non- smokers – especially children – who live with smokers, also suffer reduced Vitamin C levels.
Why use it…
Needed to produce collagen (firm, tone and wrinkles)
Needed to protect your skin from free radical damage. Vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant.
Protects skin structure from UV-related damage
Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin
Prevent premature ageing.
Hydration by increasing hyaluronic acid
Who should use it…
There are problems though……
- You see signs of ageing
- Sensitive skin
- Over 30
- Sun bakers
It’s not very stable in skincare products. All antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. If a product containing antioxidants does not come in opaque packaging that reduces air exposure, don’t buy it!
You need high concentrations of it to even have a chance to work by actually penetrating your skin.
Vitamin C is one of those products you get what you pay for. You want at least 5-10% activity,(more if possible) you want it encapsulated so that the vitamin C doesn’t diminish and lose its’ potency, You also want Vit E to be in the product as well as this enables the vitamin c to help enter the skin.
-Be careful of absobic acid form of Vit C if you are sensitive as this will irritate your skin and cause more sensitivity. Always go for oil soluable or encapsulated.
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best.
In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally.