Did you know, when you apply topical Vitamin C to your skin it can provide more than twenty times the amount of Vitamin C that is found normally in skin? We need to topically apply Vitamin C on a daily basis as the levels we need cutaneously can not be reached by ingestion and sun exposure depletes 2/3 of any stored Vitamin C.
So how does it work in the skin?
Chronic insults to the skin such as sun exposure, smoking, pollutants etc, will lead to cumulative damage and will result in premature ageing and put the skin at risk of many skin diseases.
All of these insults will also contribute to the generation of reactive oxygen species,Vitamin C, which is an anti oxidant will neutralise these free radicals which damage the skin.
Along with its antioxidant properties, Vitamin C influences the production of collagen by activating collagen gene regulation. This is great when considering ageing concerns such as lines and wrinkles.
There are so many Vitamin C products on the market today and consumers should be educated that not all preparations of topical Vitamin C are effective. Penetration of this vitamin in products must be considered and if an analogue is used, it must also convert to active Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) so it can be used within the cell. Cosmetic chemists have to formulate products and take these factors into consideration.
Skin Care professionals are able to prescribe products that will contain active Vitamin C and provide the skins with the benefits mentioned, whereas, more than likely when you purchase a product that is not prescribed by a professional, it will not contain the correct percentage of active or delivery science and therefore not provide your skin with the benefits.
I recommend using a product containing Vitamin C every morning, because we expose our skin to so many factors that produce free radicals throughout the day. Sitting in front of a computer screen, some lighting, everyday pollutants and of course, UV exposure will all produce reactive oxygen species. Vitamin C also works synergistically with Vitamin E and together they provide a great network to maintain cellular health.
Do you use a skin care product containing Vitamin C? I would love to hear the benefits you have experienced from your products………..