Why your skin can benefit from Vitamin C

Why your skin can benefit from Vitamin C

By Neelam Keswani

Published: Thu 14 Mar 2019, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 15 Mar 2019, 1:00 AM

Vitamin C may not be a cure for the common cold, but it certainly comes with a host of other health benefits. But what you may not know is that vitamin C is also a necessity in your skincare routine. You see, vitamin C and other antioxidants are present in the epidermis and dermis of healthy skin. Levels of this vitamin decrease over time due to age. By using some vitamin C serum, you can improve the health and appearance of your skin. Here are some other ways adding vitamin C to your beauty routine can help:
Detoxification: Your cells constantly detoxify, so providing them optimal amounts of nutrients is crucial. As an antioxidant, vitamin C can neutralise and remove environmental pollutants, the damage that occurs due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and other pollutants.
Inflammation: Vitamin C has the power to reduce chronic inflammation.
Collagen production: Collagen is an abundant structural protein, comprising of about one-third of the total protein in the human body. If you want glowing skin, healthy hair and nails, supple joints, and strong bones and muscles, you need optimal amounts of this protein. Without optimal vitamin C levels, collagen production slows down - making your skin more susceptible to wrinkles and bruising too.
Protection: Most people think of vitamin C as a solution to a cold or a sore throat. What you may not know is that vitamin C, especially in concentrated amounts on the skin, drastically improves the body's collagen production. This strengthens and tightens skin, which makes it look younger, while also protecting the veins and capillaries under the skin from breakage.
Hyperpigmentation: Because vitamin C is an antioxidant that is composed of multiple anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties, it promotes bright, even skin. The nutrients lighten dark pigments without changing your natural skin tone, so it is an excellent treatment for skin conditions like hyperpigmentation. Taking vitamin C supplements orally is usually ineffective for treating skin conditions; it is best to spread vitamin C serums directly on your skin.
Anti-ageing & skin brightening: The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help fight free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation. The result is anti-ageing action for younger-looking skin!
Here are some Vitamin C serums to try
Dermadoctor Kakadu C 20% Vitamin C Serum with Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E: Studies show that vitamin C's effects are more potent when it's combined with vitamin E or ferulic acid. This formula does just that, offering vitamin C, E, and ferulic acid in each drop.
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream: This eye cream contains not one, but five different forms of vitamin C, plus eight different peptides, deeming it an under-eye brightening powerhouse.
Vichy LiftActive Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector: This paraben-free, fragrance-free formula is spiked with 15 per cent pure vitamin C, plus a healthy dose of hydrating hyaluronic acid. It's a fast track to skin that's brighter and more hydrated.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum: You only need a single pump of this power player to instantly smooth skin as it goes to work targeting dullness, hyperpigmentation, and unevenness.
NaturaBisse C+C Vitamin Eye: In addition to skin-brightening vitamin C, this creamy, fast-absorbing gel contains caffeine for reducing signs of under-eye puffiness.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C: Get your glow back with this vitamin C serum from Mad Hippie. This gentle formula combines sodium ascorbyl phosphate with vitamin E to deliver strong results, evening skin tone and minimising fine lines and wrinkles.
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA: A potent blend of vitamin C and AHAs leaves you with a more even-toned complexion.
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