Vitamin C serums are legendary for a reason: They work!
Uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars, general dullness — you can name just about any common complexion concern, and there’s a good chance that vitamin C (and the skin-care products it’s featured in) is a recommended treatment.
How does the ingredient work on the skin, though?
Are the brighter, smoother results thanks to the same potent antioxidant found in the orange juice you drink when you have a cold?
First, What is Vitamin C?
As far as your skin is concerned, vitamin C is “a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals,” explains board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler. “Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.”
So, in the same way, that consuming antioxidant-rich foods aids your body in fighting off free radicals, topical antioxidants do the same for your skin by helping to offset daily aggressors like UV damage and exposure to air pollution.
A quick refresher course on antioxidants: They prevent or reduce damage to our cells by neutralizing the production of highly reactive molecules called free radicals. In other words, antioxidants help keep our body and our skin cells healthy.
How else does Vitamin C benefit the skin?
- Skin-healing properties by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin. (we all know the benefit of Collagen and Elastin)
- Promote collagen production
- Prevent premature aging
- Prevents hyperpigmentation and dark spots
How can you include Vitamin C in your skincare routine?
Dermatologists agree that the best vitamin C skin-care product to use is serum, because “serums are more effective than creams or toners”
As a general rule, serums should be layered underneath your moisturizer.
My personal favourite is The Body Shop Vitamin C range.
I personally own The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost and the Face Mist and I love it! I’ve been a user of the Skin Boost for almost 8 years and I can’t love it anymore.
I have tried a variety of Vitamin C ingredient skincare, and the one thing I would advise is to try it out. Get a sample if you can, try it out on your hand if you can’t get a hold a sample.
Reason being, the scent, texture and consistency of different products vary.