Ingredient Spotlight: The Benefits of Vitamin C
The market is overrun with skincare products and ingredients. Even a quick stroll down a drugstore’s skincare aisle can be totally overwhelming. Despite the noise, there are a few standout ingredients that can make a real difference in your skin. One of these is vitamin C: a powerhouse skincare component that almost anyone can benefit from incorporating into their daily regimen. How do we know this is true? Vitamin C’s efficacy is backed up by research found in numerous medical journals*.
So, what can this magical antioxidant do?
Lighten brown spots and sun damage Vitamin C products can help reduce this aggravating evidence of a past sunbathing addiction.
Reduce inflammation Vitamin C calms irritation and inflammation, which if left untreated can cause further skin damage down the road.
Boost collagen production Which leads to fewer wrinkles and firmer skin. Yes, please!
Fade red marks Goodbye, unpleasant reminders of breakouts and acne.
Helps skin defend itself against UV rays Vitamin C products can increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen and help skin protect itself from damaging free radicals. However, this protection is not a replacement for sunscreen.
Without question, vitamin C is a powerful anti aging tool. While vitamin C makes a great addition to most skincare products, it is particularly effective in day creams/serums due to it’s ability to help protect the skin against the sun. Also worth noting: vitamin C comes in many effective forms. Look for one of these on skincare labels and get ready to enjoy the benefits of this exceptional antioxidant:
Sodium ascorbyl phosphate
Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
One downside to vitamin C is that it oxidizes easily, resulting in an ineffective product. Store vitamin C skincare in a cool, dark place and re-seal it tightly after using. Look for vitamin C serums and creams packaged in dark glass bottles or opaque metal or plastic containers. As for when you can expect to see improvement in your skin, this can vary widely from person to person. Some may experience a change in as few as two weeks while others may notice improvements in six to eight weeks. You will enjoy maximum benefits after around six months of use.
*Dermatological Surgery, 2008, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2008, The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2010, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2012, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2012