What are the benefits of Vitamin C for my skin?
If you asked a dermatologist for a list of the best ingredients for your skin, and more specifically your face, vitamin C might be at the top!
It’s the holy grail of the skincare products and it’s great for all skin types and ages.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin. Our body can’t produce it by itself that is why the only way to get it is through supplements or, of course, your diet.
Everybody knows that citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes are highly rich in vitamin C. But let’s not also forget guavas, bell peppers, kiwis, strawberries, papayas, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, and snow peas.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in tissue repair and the enzymatic production of various transmitters. It’s well known for being a potent antioxidant, as well as having positive effects on skin health and immune function.
It’s also vital for collagen synthesis, connective tissue, bones, teeth and your small blood vessels, so don’t skip your fruits and veggies every day!
But what about skincare that contain Vitamin C?
What are the benefits of Vitamin C for my skin?
A lot of studies have shown that Vitamin C has a positive effect on the skin.
It defends against free radicals
The vitamin is an antioxidant which means it can shield skin from the visible impacts of environmental stressors. It protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure.
It boosts collagen production
Vitamin C is highly acidic and very bitter, so when it’s applied to the skin, it helps it to heal by itself.
Vitamin C accelerates the production of collagen and elastin which means it can help prevent premature aging of the skin. It has the potential to thicken the dermis and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Using Vitamin C is essential to keep a firm and youthful skin.
It reduces brown spots
This great vitamin has the power to inhibit melanin production in the skin, which means it’s great to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots.
Vitamin C helps to even out skin tone and enhance skin radiance by sloughing away dead cells from the skins surface leaving it brighter and smoother.
Its anti-inflammatory properties are great if you're struggling with acne or rosacea.
It's a superior brightening agent that works to fade brown spots without altering normal skin pigmentation.
Which kind of products should I use?
A lot of dermatologists will recommend to use Vitamin C Serums and the term to look for on the ingredients list is “ascorbic acid” or “L-ascorbic acid”, because they are the most stable and effective forms of vitamin C in skin care.
Vitamin C serums can be used twice daily, both morning and night. The perfect skincare routine includes, in order: cleansing, toning and exfoliating.
After that you can apply the other products from thinnest to thickest texture: serum, moisturizer and to finish special treatments.
It is best to always finish your morning skincare routine with a moisturizer with a SPF 30 minimum.
Just keep in mind that vitamin C is extremely sensitive to air and light that is why most of the containers are made with opaque glass.
If you want to start to include Vitamin C in your skincare routine, you need to be patient and consistent to see the best results. Of course mot skincare products take time to start working, but with Vitamin C it can take a little bit longer, even with daily use. Give your skin at least six to eight weeks to start seeing changes.
Is Vitamin C good for my skin type?
Vitamin C is generally pretty safe and well tolerated by all skin types, but you have to be careful if you have a sensitive skin. It’s better not to combine Vitamin C serums with the use of exfoliating scrubs or acids if your skin tend to be sensitive as it might sting a little bit.
In case you are not sure about how your skin would react to Vitamin C, we recommend adding the serum to your skincare routine slowly before building up a daily or twice-daily tolerance.
It is also better not to use Vitamin C if you are also using products with retinoids. As they work best in different skin environments, using them at the same time may make both less effective. If you want to continue to use both products, we advise using vitamin C products in the morning and retinoids at night.
As the Vitamin is very sensitive to air and light, you have to use them in a reasonable amount of time. Check the colour of your serum and if it has turned brown, absolutely do not use it! Your skin might not like it.
At Mijep Beauty, one of our Best Sellers is our Premium Natural Vitamin C face Serum as it contains all natural ingredients with 20% of Vitamin C.
Just try it now in combination with our Vibrating Rose Quartz Face Roller to get the best visible results on your skin.
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