Has anyone else noticed that Vitamin C serums seem to be everywhere lately? As a long term member of the Vitamin C cult, I know I’m thrilled to see my favorite power ingredient finally get its moment in the spotlight. Some of you may be wondering if it truly deserves to take up very exclusive counter space on your vanity. Well, I'm personally super excited to share my research and personal obsession with you and explain why this truly is the miracle ingredient.
The powerhouse antioxidant, that's naturally occurring inplants and vegetables, can work serious miracles for dull, spotty, and uneven skin. If you feel as though your skin's been a bit lackluster recently, you should definitely consider adding a Vitamin C serum to your arsenal of beauty-boosting tools. I'm going to be breaking down what exactly Vitamin C is, all the wonders it can do for your skin, and what you should look for when choosing a serum. We're going to be going deep, so let's get started.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient that's found in your favorite fruits and veggies. Once inside our bodies, it acts as an antioxidant, protecting our cells from the damage done by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that are missing a full complement of electrons.
These free radicals cause damage to our healthy cells and speed up the aging process. All of us are exposed to them through air pollution and ultraviolet light from the sun. These free radicals, when not neutralized, can lead to some pretty serious health concerns such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and more. This is why antioxidants, like Vitamin C, are so crucial as they can neutralize those free radicals by giving up some of their own electrons.
Vitamin C is also super vital for our bodies' collagen production, the protein that helps heal wounds. It also gives our immune system a significant boost (which is why drinking a glass of orange juice when you have a cold is a good idea), helping protect us from diseases. As you can see, Vitamin C is a super essential part of overall health, but now let's really get into why it's so great for our skin health.
What Can It Do For Your Skin?
Now that we have a basic understanding of what Vitamin C is let's zoom in and see why it's such a miracle worker for our skin health.
As I mentioned up above, Vitamin C is a trigger for collagen production and, when used topically, can plump and firm up our skin texture. As we age, our bodies create less collagen, and this speeds up the aging process, which can manifest on the skin as wrinkles or dullness. Supplementing our collagen through serums like Vitamin C is a great way to slow down and reverse the effects of aging. Studies have shown that collagen can increase the elasticity of the skin and reduce the depth of wrinkles.
Now onto how Vitamin C protects the skin from damage done at the hands of free radicals. This includes harm to your skin's moisture barrier, changes in the texture and color of your skin, and a duller appearance. When Vitamin C steps in, it neutralizes the free radicals, helping to heal damaged cells, and you should begin to notice your skin tone evening out and your glow coming back within a few weeks.
It can also help fight hyperpigmentation, dark spots on the skin that are most commonly caused by sun damage or aging. This happens because of an overproduction of melanin, and Vitamin C contains the enzyme tyrosinase, which inhibits the skin's melanin production. Using a topical serum can help prevent dark spots from forming in the first place while also fading current dark spots and brightening your skin tone.
How to Incorporate Vitamin C into Your Beauty Routine…
Next, let's get into how Vitamin C fits into your beauty cabinet. You should definitely be focusing on incorporating foods that are high in Vitamin C into your diet, think oranges, broccoli, guava, Brussels sprouts, but there are more direct ways you can deliver it to your skin. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C is a great way to reap all of their whole body benefits...lowers the risk of chronic disease and heart disease, helps manage blood sugar, prevents iron deficiencies, etc. But only a small portion of the vitamin makes its way to the skin. This is where Vitamin C serums come into play.
A high-quality Vitamin C serum is the key to seeing those big changes in the skin. Applying it directly to the skin allows for it to really help brighten, even and tone the skin. But 'high quality' is definitely the keyword here as there are a lot of serums out that contain extra ingredients that will throw a wrench into what the Vitamin C is trying to do. Here's exactly what to look for when buying a serum...
Form of Vitamin C:There are a bunch of different forms that Vitamin C can come in. Some are much more effective than others. Keep your eye out for L-ascorbic acid, which is considered the most potent option as they are more effective at penetrating the skin's surface.
The Formula:Vitamin C can be beneficial all on its own but can become even more efficient when combined with other highly potent ingredients. And on the flip side, you want to make sure you're not picking up a serum that has parabens or other synthetic ingredients. OurVitamin C Serum (which is L-ascorbic acid) is blended with high-quality botanicals that promote the natural regeneration of skin tone.
Density: Make sure you're getting an appropriately concentrated serum that balances the Vitamin C with other beneficial ingredients. It's been recommended for L-ascorbic acid to look for a concentration between 10-15%.
To sum it all up, Vitamin C is definitely deserving of all the hype it's been getting recently. Incorporating a high-quality serum into your routine could be the miracle product that finally gets your skin to even out and glow a little brighter.