It’s all about the glow and Vitamin C is one of the single best ingredients to create healthy, glowing skin! It is a powerful antioxidant with numerous benefits from anti-aging to improving skin tone. While you can certainly get vitamin C from your food, you can also apply it straight to where it’s needed most through lotions and serums containing vitamin C. Here are just some of the amazing benefits this vitamin has for your skin.
- Aids in collagen production
Did you know that as we age our bodies’ production of collagen naturally decreases leading to many signs of aging, like fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles. For this exact reason, vitamin C is included in many anti-aging skin care formulations. Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, helps increase the production of collagen. In addition, it also helps to decrease the rate at which collagen degradation occurs and stabilizes collagen fibers aiding in keeping collagen around a lot longer!
- Counteracts hyperpigmentation and brightens
Certain conditions that involve hyperpigmentation, such as melasma and sun spots, occur due to an overproduction of melanin in certain areas of the skin. Vitamin C helps to slow the production of melanin, thus helping to reduce the appearance of areas of hyperpigmentation on the skin. This results in a brighter, more even-toned complexion. Did someone say glow?
- Dark circles
Vitamin C can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Dark circles occur because of thin skin in the area, allowing the leakage in blood vessels to show through. Vitamin C counteracts this by helping to hydrate and strengthen the skin under the eyes. This can result in less visible dark circles and a brighter eye appearance!
- Protects against sun damage
We all know that sun damage is bad for your skin because it accelerates signs of aging. Sun damage is caused by free radicals and these free radicals need a strong antioxidant to keep them in check. Enter vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants that protects against free radical damage. Those free radicals don’t stand a chance against vitamin C!
- Helps skin retain moisture
When you are under the weather, you need vitamin C to help hydrate and keep you going, the same is true for skin! Quench your skin’s thirst by using products packed with vitamin C (20% is the highest level you can get!). Vitamin C does this by reducing the amount of water that is lost through the skin. This further helps to reduce signs of aging, since dry, under-hydrated skin is more likely to show fine lines and wrinkles. Let your skin drink it up!
So what are you waiting for? Go get that glow and incorporate vitamin C into your skincare routine today!