Being one of the safest and most effective nutrients, we all know how beneficial vitamin c is to maintaining a stable, healthy diet. Some of its many benefits include protection against autoimmune deficiencies, cardiovascular disease and prenatal health problems. But did you know that it also serves as a skincare powerhouse and staple in most skincare regimens?
VITAMIN C’S ROLE IN THE BODY?
The body needs vitamin c, also known as ascorbic acid, for various functions. It is known to be responsible for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. Vitamin c plays a role in controlling infections, healing wounds, the maintenance of cartilage bones and teeth, and the production of collagen. Because your body cannot make vitamin c, it must come from the foods you eat everyday.
WHY IS VITAMIN C SERUM GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN?
Just about any skin type can benefit from a daily vitamin c treatment. Although vitamin c can work from the inside out, it works best when applied directly on the skin. This can be achieved by using it as a serum, which is more effective at penetrating the skin's barrier. Being one of the most potent antioxidants available, vitamin c protects against free radicals (harmful molecules that contribute to the development of many cancers, heart disease and arthritis) and counteracts the effects of oxidative stress.
Using vitamin C regularly can help prevent the effects of sun damage and pollution, fade hyperpigmentation, sun spots, melasma, and age spots by impeding the production of melanin in the skin. Vitamin c also plays a huge role in collagen and elastin production which naturally depletes as we age. Both are naturally occurring in the body and help keep our skin firm and plump, preventing premature aging.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A VITAMIN C SERUM?
Vitamin c can appear on ingredient labels under several different names. The best kind is L-ascorbic acid, which is the most effective. Look for a product that is packed in a dark glass bottle, as exposure to air light and heat and degrade your serum. My favorite vitamin C serums to use are Skinceuticals C E Ferulic (fav!), and Dermalogicas Biolum C Serum. I also can't wait to try Drunk elephant C-firma Day serum, this is another really popular one. Also, be sure to layer your vitamin C serum under a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 for added protection!