You've certainly heard the word vitamin C and its value a lot recently. Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient that is not synthesized by our body and should be acquired from dietary sources.
Vitamin C performs a range of important and well-known functions, including collagen production and antioxidant defense against UV-induced photodamage. Based on research, topical vitamin C is significantly more effective than consuming it for healthy skin.
What Is Topical Vitamin C?
Vitamin C may be listed as ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate ascorbyl palmitate, or retinyl ascorbate.
The most widely used form of vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid because it is the purest form and can easily be absorbed by the skin. When applied to the skin, Vitamin C is absorbed instantly, cannot be washed off, and can last up to 72 hours in the skin.
How does it benefit your skin?
This wonderful antioxidant is commonly utilized in cosmetic products since it is believed to improve skin tone and texture, hydrate the skin, and prevent indications of ageing.
The acidic nature of Vitamin C triggers the skin to heal itself by increasing the production of collagen and elastin. Clinical trials have shown that topical vitamin C has a wide range of applications.
Reduces dark circles
Vitamin C has been found to help minimize and prevent dark circles by strengthening the thin, sensitive skin under the eyes.
Vitamin C helps in minimizing pigmentation by inhibiting the irregular production of melanin at the right concentration and pH. To avoid further sun pigmentation, sunscreen should be used in conjunction with vitamin C supplements.
Vitamin C accelerates the production of both collagen and elastin, which help keep the skin plump and firm when administered topically. In 2015 the Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology Journal published an article, which found that applying a 5% vitamin C solution for 6 months increased the skin’s thickness. Skin that is thicker is less likely to wrinkle than skin that is thin.
Skin inflammation is common, although for some people it is a daily thing. Vitamin C HAS anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that helps in reducing skin inflammation and redness.
Are you ready to start including vitamin C in your regular skincare routine?
The kind of vitamin C that is applied is important in terms of skincare. The sort of vitamin C supplement you choose should dictate how and when it is taken.
If you're using a vitamin C serum, apply it first thing in the morning to help protect your skin from UV rays. Some vitamin C-infused products are only meant to be taken at night, so check the label carefully.
Serums with a concentration of 5% are generally gentle enough for sensitive skin, and you can go all the way up to 20 percent, which will work more quickly to brighten and improve skin pigmentation.
Vitamin C is often combined with other antioxidants and vitamins in serums. Your skin type and concern, such as dry skin or anti-aging, will determine the best formula for you. You can also reach out to our team of experts to get a suitable skincare routine with vitamin C in it.
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