Getting Your Vitamin C…For Your Skin?

Everyone knows that vitamin c is essential for a healthy diet but did you know that it can benefit your skin too? Not by eating foods rich in Vitamin C however, by topical (applied directly to the skin) treatments. Learn something new every day, right?

So how can you maximize the benefits of vitamin c and use it to its full potential?

            Before running out to find a product rich in Vitamin C and rubbing it all over your body, it helps to understand why Vitamin C is so good for you to begin with. In simple terms, Vitamin C can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also having a rejuvenation effect on the skin. Although many skin care products claim to do these same things, products rich in Vitamin C have the research to back this claim up.

What does is it do exactly?

Vitamin C is best known for its capabilities as an antioxidant. It is nature’s best defense against free radicals that attack the skin (these can range from environmental factors such as pollution to smoking to prolonged exposure to the sun). By counteracting the effects of free radicals your skin will appear healthier, with better texture and tone.

An added bonus is Vitamin C and its role in the production of collagen. As the body ages it no longer produces collagen as effectively and the skin (especially on the cheeks and neck) will begin to sag and droop. By using an effective Vitamin C treatment it is possible to boost production and help prevent this from occurring. The natural aging process does not mean being doomed to have terrible looking skin.

That’s great, but what is the catch?

The “catch” is Vitamin C is an extremely unstable and can oxidize easily. Once Vitamin C oxidizes is no longer combats free radicals and may actually begin to increase free radical production. Most Cosmeceuticals have begun using derivatives of Vitamin C which may not have as high an efficacy but will last longer in their products.

Where Should I Look…?

Many products will use Vitamin C as an active ingredient but a great place to start using Vitamin C rich moisturizer. This is a simple way to apply Vitamin C directly to the skin and begin to see many of the benefits. Benefits will include smoother skin, a more even texture and an increase the collagen in the cheeks, necks and areas around the eyes.

Another great choice is a lip treatment that will help repair cracked and damaged lips. Over time lips begin to thin and pale – these effects can be counteracted with a simple lip balm (many contain SPF also to protect against sun damage)!

Vitamin C will show up in a wide spectrum of products that will benefit many consumers with skin problems. From a solution for hyperpigmentation (freckles, sun spots, etc.) to anti aging serums, Vitamin C will benefit people of all ages and all skin types.

Final Thoughts on Vitamin C

Always remember to read all instructions carefully when beginning any new skin treatment. Maintaining a diet rich in vitamin C as well as using topical skin creams and products will aide in receiving all the benefits Vitamin C has to offer the body. With any treatment consult a doctor or esthetician if you have any questions or concerns. Discontinue use of products if any negative reactions develop such as redness, itching or rashes.

Get your daily dose of Vitamin C in more ways than one and let Mother Nature be your ally in your battle against aging and damaged skin!

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