Vitamin C for health and beauty
We all know that Vitamin C is good for us, whether taken orally (Orange, Kale, Broccoli, Vitamin C supplements…) or applied on the skin. Either way, we are doing to our skin and body some definite good. But why is Vitamin C such a popular active ingredient in anti-aging skincare?
To put it simply, it has incredible skin damage control properties when applied topically. So, how does it do it?
DEFENDS AGAINST FREE RADICALS
Vitamin C, aka Ascorbic acid, is one of those anti-oxidants that go around literally mopping up free radicals created both by our body’s use of oxygen and factors in the environment (sunlight, wind, temperature extremes, smoke, toxic materials). Research shows that the skin absorbs antioxidants quite slowly from our diet, but the topical absorption of Vitamin C and other antioxidants (Vitamin A, E) is faster and very efficient.
We know it – slather than sunscreen and we’ll be fine. Not as simple as that. Picking the right sunscreen and re-applying it is a real skill. Luckily, Vitamin-C can help. Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C is equally effective against the effects of both UVB and UVA. UVA interferes or even destroys collagen, elastin, and other dermal cellular structures, causing skin aging. UVB causes sunburn and, epidermal mutations. Basically, to optimize UV protection and limit damage to the skin, it is important to use sunscreens combined with a combination of Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
BOOSTS COLLAGEN AND ELASTIC PRODUCTION AT ANY AGE
The good news is that Vitamin C increases collagen and elastin production in young as well as aged human skin. Vitamin C is essential for collagen biosynthesis – it stimulates the regeneration of collagen and strengthens the collagen molecule structure. So, more and better-quality collagen. There are many drinkable collagen products but their efficacy is not as good as a regional topical application of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C simply interacts with copper ions and the result is decreased melanin formation. But don’t think as Vitamin C as a whitening agent, because it seems to target the problem pigmentation areas, but leaves everything else alone. So we can apply Vitamin C without worrying that it will lighten our skin and increase the hyperpigmented areas even more.