Vitamin C has commonly been thought of as a food nutrient. Consumable mainly from citrus fruits such as Oranges Lemons and Limes.
I’m sure when we’ve been feeling under the weather, or run down, so many of us have thought or been advised to boost our Vitamin C to help our bodies’ bounce back. Which is still great advice. It is thought that having good levels of Vitamin C on board helps the body to fight against some more serious bugs and maintain a healthy internal environment. But did you know that Vitamin C can also be added to your skin care routine?
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid is a great addition to your skincare routine. Why? Here comes the science…
Free radicals exist in the environment around us on a daily basis. Free radicals are molecules with missing electrons. Common causes of free radicals include cigarette smoke and the Sun.
Free radicals can damage the skin by trying to breakdown the healthy cells, and damaging the skin’s DNA to remove atoms. This is process is called oxidation. All this causes acceleration to skin ageing. This is known as the free radial theory of ageing.
Damage to the skin from free radicals shows in a number of different ways, including sun spots, sagging skin and of course, wrinkles.
We can help fight damage to our skin caused by free radicals with the help of some hero antioxidants. Vitamin C being one of them.
Vitamin C is the most abundant water-soluble antioxidant in the body. It acts primarily in cellular fluid.
This is great because our bodies’ are made up from about 60% of water. We want to keep our bodies’ and skin healthy, so naturally drinking plenty of water is good way to keep ourselves hydrated and working at our optimum. So consuming and applying Vitamin C to our body, would help to fight against free radical damage from the inside out.
How do we do this, eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water is a great place to start. Taking this one step further, applying a Vitamin C serum to your freshly washed face in the morning, gives you skin the best start to the day, by tackling environmental nasties straight away. Then layer up with your SPF and you’re super protected, good to go.
A layer of vitamin C on your skin will not only fight against free radical damage, it will help to brighten and lead to a smoother complexion overall by protecting against sun spots/unwanted pigmentation. It also stimulates collagen. Helping the skin to bounce back against sagging and wrinkles.
So all in all, great skin can be achieved with a little consideration to which things affect the appearance of the skin. Taking the time to startup a basic skincare routine is essential. Up your game with a little extra serum to help keep your skin looking it’s best all year round, with a healthy dose of Vitamin C.
Below are some suggestions for Vitamin C serums to add to your routine.