Okay, let’s get one thing clear from the get go: You NEED to add Vitamin C to your skincare routine ASAP. But y tho? Good thing you asked, because we are here to answer that. ????
The first thing that conjures up in people’s minds when talking about vitamin C are citrus fruits or tomatoes (we’re guilty of that too). However, this popular vitamin is so much more than that, so what are they and why should the most popular vitamin on the planet be incorporated into your skincare & diet?
What Exactly Is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known to skincare enthusiasts as it’s alternate name ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble antioxidant. The properties of vitamin C play a critical role in immune function and skin health, as well as its ability to combat free radicals. Seeing as the human body cannot conjure up vitamin C on it’s own although it is crucial for biological functions, it has to be obtained through diet, which will help to maintain overall skin health. This can be done via consumable options or topically.
What Are The Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin?
For skincare, this superstar antioxidant has quite a few different functions, of which include:
???? Neutralising Free Radicals
The main function of vitamin C for skin is being a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C protects skin cells from free radicals caused by environmental damage such as sun radiation, smoke, pollution, tobacco and various other sources. By donating electrons to free radicals, vitamin C prevents the skin from being damaged. Vitamin C products and supplements can also be combined for optimal effects as they complement each other.
???? Brightens Skin As Well As Reduce Hyperpigmentation
For skincare, the main role that most people are concerned with is that vitamin C is an ingredient which is the top of the class for evening skin tone, fading dark spots and increasing skin radiance. It is very well known for brightening skin, impeding melanin production and getting rid of dark spots over time, resulting in complexion smooth as silk.
???? Promoting Collagen Production
Collagen and elastin, which are proteins, give our skin its structure and elasticity as well as give it it’s firmness. The older we get, collagen production decreases, which is why our skin looks and feels less firm than it did when we were younger. Therefore, along with intake of collagen supplements, daily intake or application of vitamin C will help to promote collagen production much more, along with maintaining the integrity of the collagen that we already have and slowing down the loss of collagen by a huge percentage.
How Do You Use Vitamin C For Skin?
The best ways to get some delicious vitamin C into your skin is through a serum or moisturiser in the morning, along with some sunscreen so that your skin can soak it all up during the day while preventing damage from free radicals. Alternatively, you may also opt for a vitamin C supplement, preferably with collagen, such that you may just pop one or two in your mouth and immediately go about with your day.
Now that you know all the reasons why vitamin C is good for you and a must in your skincare routine, as well as the few ways you may increase vitamin C intake, it’s time to find ways to incorporate it into your daily life and glow on sis (or bro).