The essential role of Vitamins for our health in general and skin health, in particular, are well established.
Vitamin C is an absolute favourite ingredient of skin enthusiasts and dermatologists which helps with skin protection, repair and brightening.
It is a powerful antioxidant with L-ascorbic acid which plays a role in blocking the action of the enzyme Tyrosinase, essential for the production of melanin. With consistent and prolonged use, Vitamin C will help restore the darkened area of your skin to a normal skin tone.
There is more to Vitamin C that not everyone knows of.
Let’s find out.
Vitamin C is Available in Many Forms
Vitamin C has many forms and each has a different effect on the skin. Knowing which one is good for you is the key to unlocking healthy, radiant skin.
L-Ascorbic Acid: The most common form; it is regarded as the purest form of Vit C that is highly effective but can cause sensitivity for some.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: This is more potent for dry skins because it increases hydration in the skin and prevents dryness
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: It is suitable for fighting acne and does not mess the Ph of the skin. It is generally recommended for sensitive skins.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: This can penetrate deeper into your skin because it is fat-soluble.
Prevents Dark Spots
Vitamin C is known to work actively to prevent the appearance of dark spots on the skin by inhibiting the function of tyrosinase; an enzyme responsible for melanin production. Unlike most ingredients that function after the damage has been done, this one makes sure the dark spots do not appear in the first place.
Keep It Closer To Your Skin
One of the common mistakes we make in our skincare routines is to keep Vitamin C as a secondary serum. Vitamin C needs to be closest to your skin to work effectively and absorb readily. This is also because the L-ascorbic form of Vitamin C is unstable and oxidises rapidly on exposure to the sun. To make sure it penetrates deep into your skin, apply it first thing after cleansing.
It Slows Down The Skin’s Natural Ageing Process
Vitamin C is known to stimulate collagen production and in this way, it is highly useful to smooth the fine lines and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In this way, it has a comparable function with retinoids and growth factors; the major anti-ageing ingredients.
It Neutralizes the Free Radicals
Free radicals harm your healthy cells by breaking down the DNA and are hard to prevent due to continuous exposure to the sun, environmental pollutions and certain chemicals. While Sunscreen is one way to protect your skin against sun damage; Vitamin C actually functions by neutralizing the detrimental effects of free radicals.
Our certified dermatologist in White Rock Spa highly recommends the consistent use of Vitamin C in your daily morning routine to prepare your skin better for handling the stressors of the day. Remember, the results only show when you are consistent with a product. That’s what Vitamin C needs from you too.
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