What’s the Big Deal About Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is an amazing addition to your skin care regimen. It is really vital to skin health as it is involved in collagen synthesis and as well as treating photo-damage from UV exposure.
It is a normal constituent of our skin, both in the dermis and epidermis. However, as we age, it is decreases. Things like exposure to UV light and pollutants (like smoking) may also lower the vitamin C content in our skin.
The properties of Vitamin C, topically, are of great interest to researchers and consumers alike! Who doesn’t want to improve the quality of their skin texture, tone or wrinkling in the most natural way possible?
I like to encourage clients to consume a vitamin-C varied diet, including oranges, red peppers and kale.but we can always use a bit of help, right?
What exactly does Vitamin-C do:
- Limits damage induced by UV light through the anti-oxidant activity of free radicals
- Regulates the synthesis of the structural protein collagen
- helps combat photo damage and boosts fibroblasts and stimulates DNA repair
- Topically, it can help reduce wrinkling and UV damage, including roughness and increases collage production.
- It has been shown to reverse some of the age-related changes in the dermis and epidermis
- Helps with wound healing
- Decreases risk of dry skin
- May be useful in acne to help reduce inflammation
Let’s be honest I have been on the hunt for a good quality Vitamin C serum for some time knowing that these products are sensitive to light and air exposure. You ideally want a product that is packaged in an opaque tube, air-restrictive bottles or a pump container so that the ingredients remain intact. Anything in a jar should be avoided!
One new product line that recently came on my radar is Beautycounter’s Plus line:
For full disclosure purposes, I became a consultant for Beautycounter in 2016 and am 100% committed to helping educate consumers, family and friends about safer skincare and personal care options. We should not have to compromise our safety for effectiveness.
Resources on Vitamin C:
Vitamin C and Skin Health: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C
Vitamin C rich foods: https://draxe.com/top-10-vitamin-c-foods/