Vitamin C (in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid) is one of the most sought-after ingredients in the skincare industry as it promises to improve the overall health of the skin.
In fact, name any skin problem and you will most likely find its cure in one single ingredient. You guessed it – vitamin C. From treating premature aging to soothing sunburns, this ingredient packs a punch. You can incorporate it into your skincare routine; however, it can be tricky finding a stable form of vitamin C without it oxidizing.
Learn more about vitamin C below.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that performs a number of functions in our body. But it can’t be synthesized in our body. This is why we acquire it from outside sources. Typical foods that contain ascorbic acid are citrus fruit, spinach, and strawberries. There is another thing that you need to know about it. It can’t be stored in our bodies, so its constant source is required.
Here are some benefits of applying vitamin c on your skin:
If you want a glowing brighter skin then considering adding vitamin C to your skincare routine. It has a natural skin brightening effect. If you have acne scars or pigmentation it can help fade those because of its skin brightening properties.
Also, those dark circles you get by binge-watching your favourite TV show? Yep! Vaporised with vitamin C.
The overproduction of melanin pigment in certain areas of the skin is called hyperpigmentation. It can be in the form of dark spots, age spots, or sunspots. Ascorbic acid minimizes the production of melanin. Hence, it reducing dark spots leaving a more even skin tone.
Hate to see those fine lines and wrinkles appear on your skin? Don’t worry, start using vitamin c serum regularly and see those fine lines fade away.
But how? Ascorbic acid is a rich antioxidant. Wrinkles appear when free radicals disrupt the structure of collagen. Antioxidants scavenge those radicals and prevent the formation of wrinkles. Plus, it boosts collagen production. Isn’t it a win-win situation?
As we age, the level of collagen production in our skin drops. Which is closely related to firmness of the skin. So, you can avoid saggy skin if you take proper care of your collagen production. And this you can do with vitamin C.
Sunrays can cause adverse effects on your skin. They can lead to the formation of wrinkles, sunspots, sunburns, and make your skin look dull. All of this is termed as photodamage. Luckily, a lot of research has shown that vitamin c can become a barrier against photo-damage. Enjoy the sun but protect your skin first!
Treats Dry Skin
And lastly, a small fact is that it prevents the skin from drying out. Lipid barriers in the skin are responsible for the prevention of water loss. Over time, they get depleted. Vitamin C promotes the production of these lipid barriers and minimizes the water loss from the skin. This is how it prevents your skin from drying out. Vitamin C is a key ingredient if you are looking to plump your skin up to make it appear smoother and more moisturised.
Official CosIng Ingredient – Ascorbic Acid
Research on L-Ascorbic Acid
TL;DR Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can protect your skin from UV damage. Iy aims to strengthen the skin, brighten it, and neutralize pollutants and environmental influences (free radicals) and it significantly increases collagen production.
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