This is a blog post that has spent many months just sitting in my draft folder waiting and wondering if it would ever see the light of day. The reason for that being when it comes to explaining skin care in the depth that is needed to fully cover and praise an ingredient as notable as Vitamin C the terminology tends to become very scientific and ultimately a little confusing. I have finally got this post to a point where it is informative while still being easy to read and understand.
In January of last year, around the same time I wrote my Skin Saviours For Winter blog I was very kindly gifted with a Vitamin C (with Hyaluronic Acid) serum by Mila Simone. It was my first time introducing a Vitamin C product to my skin care and instantly became part of my everyday regimen. It completely transformed the appearance and texture of my skin during the harsh winter and has continued to bring significant and noticeable improvements as the months have went on and as seasons have changed – even circumstances beyond my control such as stress levels and current climate as I am sat present day in Ireland and on my fourth bottle. Finding ingredients that continue to bring you significant benefits throughout the year is important because as the weather changes so does our skin care needs. During winter the humidity level is much lower than the weather we experience during the summer so the water in our skin will evaporate quicker. This is the cause of dry skin problems and that ‘tight’ feeling we experience during the winter months. In summer months the high humidity can result in increased sebum and sweat production which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Vitamin C is quite often regarded as the ‘holy grail’ when it comes to skin care and there is good reason for it: the legendary ingredient really works. Almost immediate results against some of the most problematic and frequent skin issues such as general dullness, uneven skin tone, rough texture, acne scars and fine lines.
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What Is Vitamin C?
In terms of skin care, Vitamin C is an extremely tough and thorough antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. For a want of better words: Vitamin C aids the skins natural regeneration process which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. Antioxidants prevent and/or reduce damage to our cells by neutralising the production of highly reactive molecules called free radicals. These ‘free radicals’ range from environmental pollution (such as car fumes and cigarette smoke) to UV exposure from the sun and tanning beds. They are vital for keeping every cell in our body healthy.
How Does Vitamin C Work?
Vitamin C is most commonly sold in skin care as a serum – a gel or light lotion consistency that contains a high concentration of the ingredient. You should use a Vitamin C serum underneath your daily moisturiser to fully lock in the benefits and it is recommended by dermatologists to cleanse, tone, apply Vitamin C and then moisturise daily for any noticeable difference to your skin.
Vitamin C is a protein found naturally, at high levels, in the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin – which are the two highest levels of the skin with the epidermis being the one visible. As it is highly acidic the skin is triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin – these are the proteins also found naturally in the skin which attribute to skin looking plump and firm. This is what causes any fine lines to appear reduced and can even slow the signs of ageing down with continued use.
Some Other Benefits
Vitamin C is also known (and can be labelled) as ascorbic acid. Another main benefit and usage in skin care is it inhibits your skins melanin production, which is what causes skin discolouration and hyper pigmentation. The ingredient is capable of fading these ‘darker spots’ without altering your normal skins pigmentation. It is not used to ‘whiten skin’ as it has previously been accused of doing – instead it corrects, rectifies and repairs.
Though more research will still be needed there is enough evidence to prove that Vitamin C and it’s neutralizing of free radicals within skin cells can help protect the skin from precancerous changes caused by UV exposure.
Who Should Avoid Vitamin C?
Anyone with sensitive skin should take caution when using Vitamin C, especially in the beginning as it can take time for the skin to build a tolerance. If need be you can mix the Vitamin C serum with your moisturizer to lessen the intense tingling sensation caused when first applied.
There has been a long ongoing myth that Retinol use in combination with Vitamin C may cause a reaction and lessen the effectiveness of both products. However this has recently been proven incorrect and new studies have shown Vitamin C actually helps Retinol to work better.
Anyone currently using Nainacinamide in their skin care routine should take caution when using Vitamin C, especially if you have sensitive skin. This is because Vitamin C can intensify the Nainacinamide redness. If you notice this has been increased or you want to take caution it is worth switching between the two on alternative days, at least until your skin has built up a tolerance.
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Vitamin C is an incredible addition to your skin care routine and now is the perfect time to invest and give your skin the love and attention it deserves. I have included several products containing Vitamin C that you can shop for above that is suitable to all price ranges. I can not recommend enough for you to begin introducing one of the above products – you will truly be amazed at the results which appear almost immediately. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.
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