I’ve always seen skincare products boast that they’re packed with vitamin C. Sounds great, right? We all know how crucial vitamins are to our overall health, but what exactly does vitamin C do for our skin? Why are so many brands promoting vitamin C serums and masks? Is it just another beauty trend or is it actually worth a try?
Well I did a bit of research and it turns out vitamin C has been used for skincare since ancient times. Here are only some of the ways vitamin C works to improve skin.
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Vitamin C protects from the free radicals our skin endures from the sun and pollution. It also intensifies the benefits of sunscreen. If you’re around a lot of cigarette smoke (and hopefully you aren’t!) vitamin C helps protect and repair skin from the toxins you’re being exposed to.
Collagen is what gives skin a plump, youthful appearance. Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen which reduces fine lines and keeps skin from sagging.
Since vitamin C helps repair scar tissue and ligaments, it in turn helps the skin repair itself. This is beneficial for anyone who has scarring on their face or any other part of their body. You won’t see results immediately, but vitamin C has definitely helped the scars on my legs I got (a year?) ago.
Topically, vitamin C can help fade discolorations, scars, and is a natural skin brightener. It even helps with sun spots by encouraging cellular renewal. It’s basically telling your skin to make new cells to replace the damaged ones, and to do this at a more rapid rate.
Vitamin C helps the skin create more elastin to thicken skin, help it retain moisture, and smooth skin’s surface. This goes back to vitamin C’s role in collagen production. The same way collagen fillers work to fill and plump skin, vitamin C gives the skin the same effect naturally and on a smaller scale.
Sorry, drinking an extra glass of OJ in the morning isn’t going to cut it. Most of the vitamin C we ingest doesn’t even make it to our skin. It is said that applying vitamin C to your skin is a whopping 20 times more effective than taking a supplement.
All products with vitamin C aren’t created equal, so look for products with ascorbic or L-ascorbic acid as the active ingredient. How can you check if it’s the active ingredient? It should be one of the first few items listed on the list of ingredients. The further down the list, the less the ingredient is present. Have you tried incorporating vitamin C into your skincare regimen? Leave a comment with your results or any tips and tricks to share.