If you grew up in my generation, you were bombarded with hype about the benefits of Vitamin C. I can remember the cliché orange juice commercials with the cookie-cutter mom wearing her capri’s and Keds and white tee-shirt reminding us as a mom to “Drink your orange juice; it is full of Vitamin C. It will prevent you from getting sick.” Well, a “few” years (ehh, decades) later and Vitamin C is not only taken for its immune-boosting properties. It is also great for the skin as a bonus. Ok, lets dive in a little deeper.
What is Vitamin C? Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients. Some experts say it is not the cure for the common cold; however, the benefits of Vitamin C help to protect against immune system deficiencies, prenatal health issues, eye disease, cardiovascular disease, and surprisingly skin wrinkling.
The fireball ingredient, “Vitamin C” is a potent antioxidant that helps reduce skin inflammation, irregular pigmentation, promotes healthy collagen production for a brighter, tighter, firmer and a beautiful looking skin. “Vitamin C” fights free radicals that is an ‘agitator’ which can cause dullness and redness in skin.
Vitamin C has also been shown to stimulate collagen, which we all inevitably lose as we age. Fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, droopiness are caused because you’re losing collagen. Alternatively, Vitamin C can stimulate collagen production and can help minimize various forms of skin discoloration. It helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots, even out skin tone, and enhance skin radiance.
So, is just consuming Vitamin C in high rich foods enough to reap the benefits? Although you are probably getting Vitamin C in your diet, there is no guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin. The best way to reap the benefits is to apply it topically. Once used, the skin starts to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin, which is naturally occurring protein fiber that help keep the skin plump and firm. To recap the benefits of having Vitamin C as the diamond ingredient in your skincare:
- Hydrating skin
- Brightening agent to fade brown spots without altering normal skin pigmentation
- Treating inflammatory skin conditions
- Alleviating discoloration associated with under eye-circles
- Soothing sunburns (practice abstinence from the sun)
- Speeding up overall wound healing
“The fireball ingredient, “Vitamin C” is a potent antioxidant that helps reduce skin inflammation, irregular pigmentation, promotes healthy collagen production for a brighter, tighter, firmer and a beautiful looking skin. “Vitamin C” fights free radicals that is an ‘agitator’ which can cause dullness and redness in skin.”
The good news is – it’s never too late to start using Vitamin C skincare products such as Vitamin C serum— even 20-somethings who may not be worrying about the negative effects of sun damage just yet. The Fountain of Youth currently has zero membership, so just because you may not see wrinkles today, doesn’t mean you won’t see them tomorrow. As a preventative and as a part of your daily / weekly maintenance routine, using vitamin C preemptively is wise and recommended for 20-30-40-50+
Here we go … some Vitamin C Serums that are trending this year.
Pineapple-C Brightening Serum
Violet-C Brightening Serum