It is already November, days are shorter and colder here. Winter is just around the corner and with it comes season of flu and fever. Luckily, there is Vitamin C so you can boost your immune system and hope that you will avoid any illness this year. But do you know that Vitamin C will give a great boost to your skin as well, make it healthier and beautiful? 

Took me a while to establish my skin care routine. It was an easy task back then when I was younger, my skin was not sensitive and I didn’t care too much about active ingredients I apply on my face. Nowadays, things are different so I have to read many labels, test many products and combine many ingredients to create a seamless and meaningful routine. The easiest way to do it is to start with very few products and once they work for you, you can introduce some more to make your skin care more effective. Recently, I decided that the time has come – I should expand my routine using Vitamin C. 

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Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is widely used as a food additive because of its antioxidative properties. As an antioxidant, it is a powerful ingredient in skin care products, able to brighten your skin and prevent aging. But how does it do that?

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Chemical structure of L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

 

As time passes, we get older and so does our skin. Skin aging is a complex biological process influenced by combination of many different factors. Among others, those factors cause a reduction of overall collagen content in the skin. Collagen is a protein found in human skin, bones, and hair. Reduced amount of collagen reduces the elasticity of the skin and causes wrinkles. Vitamin C, on the other hand, is a co-factor in at least eight enzymatic reactions, including several collagen synthesis reactions. This is the way Vitamin C can actually prevent, or reduce the possibility of the wrinkle formation, so our skin looks young and firm for longer time. 

Apart from that, Vitamin C successfully fights redness and inflammation. It is effective in treating acne and rosacea, important in wound healing, and helps to even the skin tone, revitalize skin’s surface, and significantly improve hydration. 

Human body is not able to produce Vitamin C so we have to take it simply by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, the amount of Vitamin C we can deliver to our skin simply by eating the right food is limited because the plasma level of Vitamin C has a saturation point. Therefore, even if you take large doses, the amount of Vitamin C in skin can no longer increase. That’s why we also need to apply Vitamin C topically. This kind of application is, by the way, 20 times more effective than the oral form, at least when we talk about skin benefits. So the best way to treat your skin is both to eat food that contain Vitamin C and apply some topically. 

Keep in mind that the color of Ascorbic acid matters. Vitamin C is able to oxidize, and once it does, you don’t want to use it again because it loses all its benefits and it can even be potentially harmful for your skin. So, as soon as your Vitamin C serum turns yellow, it is time to say goodbye to it. To prevent it from oxidizing, store it in cool and dry place, and seal it tightly after each use. The other thing important is the concentration – the most effective products contain 15 – 20 % of Vitamin C. There are also other things you should pay attention to when including new active ingredients to your skin care; not all ingredients get on really well together. I will be writing a post about it soon, so stay tuned. 🙂

Well, I am looking forward to treating myself and my skin with Vitamin C. Besides, I hope for some general health benefits. Maybe it’s finally time to spend winter without sneezing and runny nose. 🙂

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Do you guys use Vitamin C in your skin care (creams, serums)? What products do you use and how do you like it? Let me know in comments down bellow. And see you soon! :*

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