Why You Need To Add Vitamin C To Your Skin Care Regimen

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Vitamin C is usually the go-to ingredient when you're feeling under the weather, however it also works wonders on your skin.

Vitamin C has become an incredibly popular cosmetic product. Although there’s been more skincare fads than we can keep up with,

Vitamin C has built a unique reputation for itself and has become such a powerhouse ingredient. It is one of the most universally effective and well-rounded active ingredient in skincare.

Vitamin C has a range of benefits, below we list five reasons to incorporate Vitamin C into your skin care regimen.

 

 

 

 

 

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, a common issue for African Americans, is an overproduction of melanin on certain areas of the skin which often leads to uneven skin tone. Applying vitamin C topically prevents the overproduction of melanin by disrupting melanin production to improve skin tone. The reason for this brightening effect is that vitamin C inhibits Tyrosinase, an enzyme needed to produce kin pigment,

Collagen Production

The main benefit of Vitamin C is that it stimulates the production of skin collagen by stimulating fibroblast activity. This, in turn, firms and tones the skin. Collagen deficiency makes the skin dull and lifeless. Collagen rejuvenates the skin from the roots and reduces wrinkles and symptoms of aging.

Stretchmark Prevention

Collagen enhances the stretching ability of your skin. With enough collagen your skin is less likely to snap, which in turn makes your skin look firmer and stronger. If the skin is stretched too much without any flexibility it causes the middle skin layers to scar and the scars appear on the top layers of the skin and form stretch marks. Vitamin C allows you to fight the decline in collagen production.

Skin Hydration

When it comes to dry skin, vitamin c is a must. It decreases skin roughness and flakiness, making it better able to stay hydrated and hold on to moisture.

Sun Protection

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, applying it topically to your skin has been shown to protect it from the UV damage of prolonged exposure to the sun by neutralizing free radicals, reducing the formation of free radicals and the spread of sun burn. While vitamin c offers sun protection benefits, it should not be considered an alternative to sunscreen. You should still apply a moisturizer with SPF or an SPF lotion on a regular basis.

 

How should you use vitamin C?

To protect your skin from UV damage and environmental aggressors, vitamin C is more commonly recommended for your morning regime, however you can use it at night as there is some research to say that free radical damage continues to affect your skin overnight. If you're using glycolic or salicylic acid and retinol, you will need to leave some time in between before applying your vitamin C product to avoid any stinging or redness. Unlike most ingredients, research has shown that as little as 0.6 percent of vitamin C can help protect your skin from free radicals and aging. 

Take advantage of the high concentration of vitamins that your body truly needs to improve collagen, skin tone, moisture content and overall hydration.

 

 
Laurie Nicolas