Vitamin C: The Sacred Ingredient Of Skincare
Vitamin C and the serums and moisturizers that contain it are renowned for a reason - they really make a difference. Whatever skincare obstacle you're tackling - uneven skin tone, rough patches, dullness, or fine lines, vitamin C has proven to combat and treat it. What makes this essential vitamin so powerful? Can we connect healthy skin to that cup of OJ we drank in the morning or is it cellular magic occurring on a microscopic level? We wanted to address these questions head on and see how it works and how best to apply it to our skincare routines and lifestyles.
Well, What Is It?
To get science-y for a moment, Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C endogenously, so it is an essential dietary component. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and protein metabolism. It reaps numerous health benefits but in reference to your skin, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and encourage regeneration of other antioxidants in the body. This helps your skin naturally renew and regenerate healthy skin cells and repair damaged ones.
To be super clear, antioxidants prevent or reduce damage we've received to our skin cells by neutralizing the production of high reactive molecules, those are the pesky 'free radicals'. Basically, antioxidants aid in keeping our body and skin cells healthy.
Not only does vitamin C fight off free radicals which helps protect you from early signs of age like fine lines and wrinkles, but it also may also help protect skin from pre-cancerous changes caused by UV exposure.
Beyond it's incredible antioxidant power, Vitamin C has multiple healing properties that make it the holy grain of general body care. For example, it contains It contains a property that inhibits your skin's melanin production, which is what causes skin discoloration like dark spots, and hyperpigmentation. If you suffer with dark spots, it can help even skin tone and prevent dark spots from forming in the future.
It's brightening and smoothing characteristics also help, especially when applied directly to the skin. Because it's highly acidic Vitamin C invigorates the skin to to heal itself by accelerating the production of elastic and collagen, which are naturally occurring in our bodies.
Introducing It Into Your Skincare Routine
When it comes to deciding on a product that includes Vitamin C to add to your skincare line-up, it isn't the cream, serum, or moisturizer it is contained it but the actual caliber of the vitamin C itself. The term to look out for is ascorbic acid (also known as L-ascorbic acid), which is the most stable and effective form of vitamin C in skin care.
Serums are a highly recommended source for Vitamin C for skincare. Dermatologists have reported that serums are more potent and effective than moisturizers and creams. It's been recommended to add Vitamin E to your chosen serum, or purchase one that includes it among their ingredients. Vitamin E in combination with the antioxidant powers of vitamin C lets you double up on your protection against free radicals. As a general rule, serums should be layered beneath your daily moisturizers whether you are applying it during the day or in the evening.
If you're new to using vitamin C in your skincare, be sure to gradually integrate it into your system. Vitamin C is powerful so you only need a little, especially if you're just trying it for the first time.
A lower percentage of vitamin C may be more comfortable for sensitive skin types. Those with sensitive skin could possibly have allergies or redness as a result of vitamin C. We recommend starting with a low concentration and testing it out on a sample area of your skin first to ensure you don't have an allergy. You can find serums that do go up to 20% of vitamin C which are faster in brightening and improving skin pigmentation.
There are an enormous amount of skin and body benefits to using vitamin C, and we here at Biolumiere Organics, are big fans. Have you had an experience using vitamin C or products that contain it? If so, feel free to share your story with us, we love to hear from you!