Nowadays it seems that there are many ingredients that we should be looking for in our skincare products, some with long complex names, some we’ve never heard of before, but one thing is for sure, we’re all familiar with Vitamin C. Though growing up many of us knew vitamin C as an ingestible supplement we take when we’re sick, it has become more prevalent in the skincare world as a key ingredient in many topical products promising youthful glowing skin. So whether you’re wanting to address a dull complexion or accelerated signs of ageing, we’ll give you the ins and outs of topical vitamin C and what it can do for your skin...
What is vitamin C?
Topical Vitamin C is a skincare ingredient that is a powerful antioxidant, meaning that it works to protect our skin cells by neutralizing free radicals, thereby protecting the skin and body from early signs of ageing. It has risen in popularity in recent years within the skincare community due to its excellent results and affordability.
What are the benefits of topical vitamin C?
Topical vitamin C can improve your skin by tackling a variety of skin issues. Here are just a few of the ways that vitamin C can help you to achieve the flawless complexion you’ve always wanted...
Brightening and evening out skin tone
Vitamin C can help to reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots, giving the skin a brighter, more even appearance. This is because vitamin C inhibits melanin production by hindering the activity of an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is involved in the production of melanin. By reducing melanin production, Vitamin C can help to lighten hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Hyperpigmentation and dark spots can also be caused by oxidative stress, which can damage skin cells and increase the production of melanin. Vitamin C can help to reduce oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals, which can prevent the formation of dark spots. It can also enhance skin cell turnover, which can help to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots. By promoting the shedding of dead skin cells, Vitamin C can help to reveal brighter, more even-toned skin.
Enhancing skin hydration
Vitamin C can help to improve the skin's moisture retention, keeping it hydrated and plump. This is because topical Vitamin C can help to improve the skin's barrier function. The skin's barrier function is its ability to retain moisture and prevent water from evaporating from the skin's surface. When the skin's barrier function is compromised, it can lead to dryness and dehydration. Vitamin C can help to strengthen the skin's barrier function, keeping moisture locked in and preventing dehydration, which allows for a smooth and glowing complexion.
Boosting collagen production
Vitamin C is a crucial component in the production of collagen, which is a protein that provides structure, support, and elasticity to the skin. Collagen is essential for maintaining a youthful, firm, and plump complexion. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production by activating enzymes that play a crucial role in the formation of collagen molecules, increasing proliferation of fibroblast cells which produce collagen, and protecting the skin against free radical damage which can harm collagen. Collagen is vital to anti-ageing, so adding vitamin C to your skincare routine can be a great way to maintain a youthful glow.
How can I use vitamin C?
There are many different products available that contain Vitamin C, including our Hyaluronic Acid Serum, other serums, moisturizers, and masks. When selecting a Vitamin C product, it's essential to choose one that contains a stable form of Vitamin C, such as L-ascorbic acid or ascorbyl palmitate. To use a Vitamin C product, start by cleansing your skin thoroughly. Then, apply a small amount of the product to your face, using your fingertips to massage it into your skin. Follow up with a moisturizer to lock in the Vitamin C and keep your skin hydrated. It is important to store your vitamin C products, like serums, safely, in airtight packaging in a dark cool area.
Topical Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that provides numerous benefits for the skin. By incorporating Vitamin C into your skincare routine, you can help to brighten and even out your skin tone, boost collagen production, protect against environmental damage, and improve your skin's texture. Whether you choose a Vitamin C serum, moisturizer, or mask, make sure to use it regularly for best results. With consistent use, you can achieve healthier, more radiant skin that looks and feels its best.