Vitamin C in skincare has created quite the buzz! We’ve certainly moved on from the days of associating it with the common cold: nowadays, it’s the secret behind radiant skin – no matter the age! But what are the multiple benefits of vitamin C that make it such a wonder ingredient? Discover these seven key facts about vitamin C and how it affects your skin.
1. Oranges aren’t king
Although everyone always says that oranges contain a lot of vitamin C, they’re by no means the number one supply! Oranges contain 50mg of vitamin C for every 100g, while other foods like blackcurrants (177mg), raw red bell pepper (139 mg), kiwi (92.7mg) and strawberries (58.8mg) contain much more. There’s life beyond oranges!
2. We don’t just need vitamin C in our diet
If you want to improve your skin with vitamin C, then it’s better to apply products that contain this vital ingredient topically rather than orally. Topical vitamin C is directly absorbed by your skin while the vitamin C that you eat is shared between various different organs. What’s more, we only absorb a certain degree of the vitamin C we eat, while the rest is excreted in our urine.
3. Vitamin C can increase collagen production
Topical vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis, which strengthens your skin and greatly reduces wrinkles. This is why products containing vitamin C have a powerful anti-aging effect: they improve skin firmness and elasticity and help improve circulation, providing the skin with plenty of oxygen and maintaining overall skin health. Vitamin C might just be the fountain of youth!
4. It’s a brightening powerhouse
Vitamin C is a powerful brightener, so it’s the ultimate ally for those of us who want to look radiant day in, day out! It helps recover vitality in skin that’s become dull over time through the natural aging process, or affected by external factors like cigarette smoke.
5. Free radicals can be neutralized by vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. The sun’s rays, cigarette smoke, pollution and a lack of sleep can increase the number of free radicals which oxidize cells on a daily basis and weaken collagen. In addition, did you know that if you combine vitamin C with vitamin E you maximize its antioxidant power? Synergy is strength!
6. Vitamin C reduces sun spots
Hyperpigmentation? Vitamin C can help. Routine use of vitamin C brightens skin and helps even tone, especially if used at night. Don’t forget to combine it with your favourite sun spot protection for perfect skin.
7. There are many forms of vitamin C
Ascorbic acid is the purest form of vitamin C. Careful though, because it oxidizes easily, which means you need to find tested, stable formulas. Vitamin C can cause irritation and even hyperpigmentation when not used correctly, so don’t use any old product!
Other forms of vitamin C to look out for include ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbyl glucoside, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. You might see these when checking the label of your vitamin C serum or other types of product.
Did you know about all of these vitamin C benefits? Tell us what you think in the comments section!