Hi Everyone, Tina here (+1 662 830 8246, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Today I am going to be talking about a topic that many people often overlook and that is the importance of Vitamin C – especially as summer approaches!
What is Vitamin C
A natural starting point is to answer the seemingly easy question, what is Vitamin C? Well, it is a Vitamin (you don’t say!) but this means our bodies cannot produce it naturally. This illustrates the importance of eating foods high in Vitamin C, particularly as we age as age Vitamin C levels in the skin’s outermost layers (epidermis and dermis) are abundant, but over time these levels naturally deplete. Even if you have a high vitamin C diet, there is no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin. Using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap benefits.
From your skin’s perspective, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. In simple terms, antioxidants prevent damage to our cells by neutralizing the production of highly reactive molecules called free radicals. Because of these antioxidant properties, Vitamin C aids in your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. In the same way that consuming antioxidant-rich foods help your body fight off free radicals, topical antioxidants do the same for your skin by helping to offset daily aggressors like exposure to air pollution and UV damage. Application of Vitamin C is important year-round but even more so during times of prolonged UV exposure that you would find in the summer months.
Benefits of Vitamin C
The benefits of Vitamin C for the skin are immense, including its ability to even out skin tone and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While this powerhouse ingredient is well-known for its skin-brightening benefits, studies also show it can shield skin from the visible impacts of environmental stressors. Vitamin C’s synergy of mitigating problems both before and after they occur makes it a force to be reckoned with! Vitamin C also offers hydrating advantages, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a common derivative of Vitamin C has demonstrated to have a hydrating effect on the skin. It decreases trans-epidermal water loss, allowing your skin to better retain moisture. Vitamin C has also been shown to treat a variety of inflammatory skin conditions, such as minimizing redness and creating a more even complexion.
Let’s talk more about using Vitamin C to fix old problems like sunspots, melasma, and age spots. Application of vitamin C serum can fade and heal damaged skin, even showing positive results for acne scarring! Vitamin C application has been shown to impede melanin production. This can help fade dark spots and lead to a more even-toned complexion. These serums can help smooth out fine lines by plumping and hydrating the under-eye area, which is usually the first area that shows age! Although vitamin C is more effective at reducing overall redness, some people say that it can help alleviate discoloration associated with under-eye circles.
I think we are all guilty of getting a sunburn from time to time, even the most diligent of sunscreen users have fallen victim. So now that you got a burn, what’s the best way to heal your skin and keep it looking young and fresh? Not only can Vitamin C prevent sunburns (please always wear sunscreen) but it can help heal your skin if you get a little too much sun! It may help soothe sunburns, in addition to minimizing redness, vitamin C accelerates cell turnover. This replaces the damaged cells with healthy new ones, speeding up the healing process. Healthy healing via Vitamin C reduces your risk for inflammation, infection, and scarring.
When and How to Use Vitamin C in Your Skin Care Routine
One great aspect of Vitamin C is that all its forms mix well and layer with other skincare ingredients, including exfoliating acids, EGF (epidermal growth factor), and other vitamins and antioxidants, such as niacinamide and retinol. For the most effective results, I recommend applying Vitamin C twice a day, in both the morning and night. The application should come after exfoliating, cleansing, and toning, a good rule-of-thumb is to apply the rest of your products in order from thinnest to thickest texture (commonly: serum, moisturizer, treatments). During the day, always finish with a moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or greater.
I have spent a lot of time trying and researching a wide range of Vitamin C serums and products that have added Vitamin C in them. My best advice is to avoid the luxury high-end brands that offer Vitamin C as they are usually full of needless additives that make them stand out or they are unnecessarily expensive. One brand I particularly admire is Naked Actives Vitamin C serum, as they use high-quality ingredients, do not add harsh chemicals, dye, or perfumes. Another thing I love about Naked Actives is that they combine their other products, such as their EGF serum with Vitamin C! Be sure to check out their other offerings and grab yourself some Vitamin C serum for the upcoming summer!