7 Benefits of Vitamin C in Your Skin Care
We All have Vitamin C Naturally Occurring in Our Skin….Until We Age
Research has proven that Vitamin C is one of the most exciting ingredients that you can apply to your skin! This antioxidant is a natural component of healthy skin and found in abundance in our skin’s outermost two layers, the epidermis and dermis (and in large amounts in our epidermis). When we’re young, Vitamin C levels are very abundant in our skin but as we age these levels naturally deplete. Unprotected sun exposure, (meaning UV damage) and pollution (exposure to free radicals) can accelerate this decline, leading to our skin looking and feeling dull, uneven, and less firm than it was in our youth.
OK, So What is Vitamin C?
Explained by board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler, as far as your skin is concerned, Vitamin C is "a potent water-soluble antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Because of its antioxidant properties, Vitamin C aids in your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells."
What Are Antioxidants?
“They prevent or reduce damage to our cells by neutralizing the production of highly reactive molecules called free radicals. In other words, antioxidants help keep our body and our skin cells healthy.” So, in the same way that consuming antioxidant-rich foods aids our body in fighting off free radicals, topical antioxidants do the same for our skin by helping to offset daily aggressors like UV damage and exposure to air pollution.
“This free-radical fighting power of Vitamin C isn't just important for helping to keep signs of premature aging at bay. In neutralizing these free radicals, Vitamin C may also help protect our skin from precancerous changes caused by UV exposure” says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Now that we know what Vitamin C is, and what it does for our skin, let’s look at how it benefits us...
Luckily, there are topical skin care solutions that contain Vitamin C and can help diminish this damage, so our skin looks and feels healthier and younger longer.
There are some forms of synthetic Vitamin C on the market, but these are not thought to be useful as they can cause greater damage. It’s best to go with a natural and organic Vitamin C source in the form of a cream, spray, or serum, that lack some of the harmful synthetic ingredients that can cause our skin to continually be dry. Let’s take a peak at all the many benefits of introducing a natural Vitamin C to our skin care.
Alleviates Dry Skin
Dry skin is problem skin, and causes everything from a dull flaky surface, itchy skin, fine lines, or deep wrinkles. It should not be inundated with harsh products that can exacerbate your issues. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, known as MAP, is one of the main Vitamin C derivatives used in skin care and has been shown to have a hydrating effect on skin. It makes sense to supplement with Vitamin C in our skin care as we age, since one of its many benefits is the hydration it offers. It’s a first choice for Dermatologists who’s patients have severely dry skin. When your skin can’t produce it’s own moisture for various reasons, vitamin C adds moisture and plumps up your skin without oils and greasy ingredients. It decreases trans-epidermal water loss, allowing your skin to better retain moisture. If you have dry skin and want a product that will moisturize, hydrate, and protect your dry skin from the sun, you should turn to gentle and natural ingredients like Vitamin C.
Increases Collagen Production
Collagen is a protein that is found in our body and is one of our main building blocks. It is what strengthens our bones, ligaments, tendons, hair, and skin. It keeps our skin firm and prevents it from sagging. It gives us that plump, youthful look. Our body naturally makes collagen, but like all great things, as we age this production decreases. As our levels of collagen lower it leads to fine lines and wrinkles, and as our production continues to lessen our skin also becomes dry, thin, and lifeless….old looking.
Using some form of Vitamin C daily can amp up the collagen levels in our skin and help repair some of the damage done from this deficiency. Boosting production results in an overall tightening effect. Vitamin C is highly acidic, so when used topically "the skin is triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin.”
Helps Fade Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation occurs when melanin (which is the pigment in our skin) is overproduced in certain areas of our skin, such as sunspots, age spots, melasma, or acne scars. Vitamin C helps to inhibit the enzyme tyrosinase, which in turn helps to prevent melanin production. Plus, it significantly lightens pigmentation without lightening our normal skin. This can help fade dark spots and lead to a more even-toned complexion. Overall, it’s brightening! As Vitamin C helps fade our pigmentation, it smooths our skin’s surface to reduce dullness. This gives our skin a youthful glow.
If you suffer from dry skin, you probably also deal with a feeling of tightness and slight irritation on your face. This can be due to dead skin cells at the surface of your skin that are preventing your moisturizer from properly being absorbed into your skin. A good exfoliator is ideal for sloughing off dead skin. However, if you have dry and sensitive skin, you don’t want to use any harsh exfoliating products that will create further damage. Vitamin C gently exfoliates the skin, leaving it softer and healthier.
Vitamin C has anti inflammatory benefits so it can treat a huge variety of inflamed skin conditions. It also accelerates cell turnover replacing damaged cells with healthy new ones. Because of Vitamin C’s natural regeneration process, plus it’s anti inflammatory benefits, when it helps your skin repair damage it also helps even out skin tone from redness. It can help with redness due to dry irritated skin, acne, eczema, dermatitis, allergies, heat rash, and even sun burn. Minimizing redness will create a much calmer, soothed, and even complexion.
Helps Heal Wounds
Given its healing effects on redness and sunburn, it is also obvious that a Vitamin C application can speed up overall wound healing. Healthy wound healing reduces your risk for inflammation, infection, and scarring.
Again, if you have dry skin, it will burn much easier and faster out in the sun because it’s usually severely depleted of necessary moisture. Interesting further fact, Vitamin C is not only a good moisturizer to build up your hydration, but it’s a natural deterrent to harmful UV rays! “Vitamin C applied on the skin can offer a bit of sun protection by infusing moisture that acts as a natural barrier to UV rays. Sun damage is caused by molecules called free radicals. These are atoms with a missing electron. Free radicals search for other atoms from which they can “steal” an electron —and this can lead to significant damage to the skin. Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect healthy skin cells by “giving” these free radicals an electron, rendering them harmless.”
Don’t Buy Your Vitamin C in a Jar: Keeping it Stable
Be aware that that Vitamin C is extremely sensitive to air and light and will break down over time if often exposed to those elements. We all know, when you cut an apple into wedges and if you don’t eat it quickly, it starts to turn brown, right? That’s the Vitamin C oxidizing. If you want to get the best possible results from your Vitamin C product, it needs to be in an opaque, air-restrictive bottle or pump container, to help ensure the ingredients remain stable. Unfortunately, a Vitamin C cream that comes in a jar, won’t remain effective for very long.
Strengths and Concentrations
Regarding the best concentrations and quality of your Vitamin C: Here’s what research shows.
- If stubborn dark age spots and sunspots are your concern, a richer-textured 25% vitamin C treatment works great for delivery into your skin when applied right on the spot where your discolorations and dullness are noticeable
- A lightweight liquid 15% Vitamin C booster is ideal for layering, regardless of your skin type.
- A vitamin C strength of 10% and higher, which are typically found in targeted treatments or serums, are particularly effective and provide all the benefits I’ve mentioned above.
- Lower concentrations of vitamin C are good for your skin as well. Cumulative benefits are actually obtained with leave-on products such as mists, moisturizers, eye creams, and serums. In fact, research has shown that concentrations as low as 0.6% provide antioxidant and anti-aging benefits to your skin. Important fact: lower strengths of vitamin C also help enhance the benefits of other youth-preserving ingredients such as retinol and ceramides.
We’ve Got You Covered
With all this talk about Vitamin C, you’re asking, where do you find yours? You’d probably never guess what products of ours contain it. We’ve put our Vitamin C in our 3 Mists! That’s right, it’s in an opaque bottle with a mist cap so that it’s air restricted. It’s the first product you apply to your face after washing so that the Vitamin C can be easily absorbed. You can mist at least twice a day, morning and evening, plus throughout the day if you wish to refresh and nourish. Each one of our 3 mists: *Love My Mystical*: Natural Rose Mist/ Reviving Eucalyptus Mist/ Soothing Lavender Mist, are nourishing and rejuvenating. They contain other important botanical extracts for increased healthy radiant skin. In addition, each one of our mists are formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, animal testing or any animal by-products.