Before we start with the benefits of Vitamin C, we need to look at what is Vitamin C and why is it important in skin care, and more specifically for anti-aging.
Vitamin C may be found naturally in citrus fruits or synthetically made. It is known to be a strong antioxidant and help to prevent visible signs of aging. The only way for us to acquire Vitamin C is through diet or through a topical product such as a Vitamin C serum.
What Are The Benefits of Vitamin C?
Since it is considered to be one of the most powerful and effective antioxidants, Vitamin C helps to provide environmental protection as well as helping to reduce the appearance of discolouration (age spots), as well as fine lines and wrinkles and free radical damage.
What is Free Radical Damage?
Our environment is a big part of free radicals. Factors such as pollution, cigarette smoke, infrared and UV rays all generate free radicals. The science behind these free radicals is that they are unstable molecules. They try to “take” electrons from healthy molecules, which causes oxidative stress. We know that oxidative stress as aging skin; fine lines, wrinkles, discolouration and skin laxity.
Vitamin C, in its pure form (l-ascorbic acid), helps protect against this damage by “donating” electrons to neutralize damaging free radicals, in turn helping prevent the appearance of premature aging. That is why a Vitamin C serum is so important as part of your daily regimen.
Is There a BEST Vitamin C?
The key is how the Vitamin C serum is formulated so that you get the most absorption and therefore the serum will actually work on your skin. We always recommend a serum formulated with pure l-ascorbic acid. There are different brands and formulations made depending on your skin type.
When To Apply Vitamin C?
This product is to be applied in the morning: 4 to 5 drops applied to cleansed skin, gently massaged into the face, neck and décolleté. You may also apply it to the back of your hands – an area we often forget! After the serum has absorbed into the skin you may apply your broad spectrum sunscreen. This will help to give you complete environmental protection.
Here are some of our favourite and best selling Vitamin C Serums: