Vitamin C: A Must have for glowing skin this summer!
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only choose one skin care product to have with you, a good quality Vitamin C serum would be your best bet. For a healthy complexion, Vitamin C is an ingredient you don’t want to skip. It’s one of the few active skin care ingredients that benefits all ages and skin types and there is plenty of scientific evidence to back it up. Vitamin C applied topically to the skin can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, protect us from UV rays, brighten and even out skin tone, hydrate, calm, fight acne, and give your skin a serious glow.
Our bodies don’t make Vitamin C, so we need to get it through our diet. Although consuming foods high in Vitamin C and taking supplements can be great for our overall health, it is difficult for nutrients to get to the top layer of our skin. Applying a serum after cleansing is the best way to ensure our skin cells are receiving their C.
Top 5 benefits of using Vitamin C on your skin
- Antiaging: Vitamin C promotes collagen production. For anyone interested in anti-aging, collagen is what we want more of. Collagen is the protein in our skin that keeps it strong and firm. Vitamin C can not only work to soften fine lines and wrinkles, but prevents new ones from appearing.
- Protects our skin from sun damage: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which lessens the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. Used in conjunction with a sunscreen it gives our skin an extra layer of protection.
- Brightens and evens out complexion: Vitamin C can help to reverse hyperpigmentation(brown spots) and other sun damage, leaving a smoother more glowing complexion. Vitamin C fights hyperpigmentation by inhibiting the tyrosinase enzyme and preventing melanin production.
- Anti-inflammatory : Vitamin C is a strong anti-inflammatory, and can both help clear up acne and reduce the redness and scarring associated with it. It is very calming to the skin and can also benefit other inflammatory conditions such as rosacea, and eczema.
- Hydrating: Vitamin C helps to deliver water to the skin and prevents moisture loss. Our skin needs lots of water. Dehydration can be a factor in many of the skin conditions listed above.
How to find a good Vitamin C serum
Not all Vitamin C serums are created equal and a high priced one is not necessarily better. In fact serums can range anywhere between $30 and $200, so you want to make sure you check the quality. Because it is a water- soluble substance it can start oxidizing quickly and lose its power. Make sure it’s in a dark container to block out light and has a pump delivery as opposed to a product that can be opened to air. There are different forms of Vitamin C, but experts agree the best form for the skin is L-absorbic acid in a 10 to 20 percent concentration.
My recommended brand of Vitamin C serum is Skin Script
This serum fits the bill. Skin script is a company that produces high quality natural skincare.
This serum is 10 percent L-absorbic acid and also includes other antioxidants such as green tea and Vitamin E which boosts the benefits of the Vitamin C. It comes in an opaque container with a pump system. One of the best things is the low price point at $36.
Skin Script Vitamin C and Green Tea Serum is available at Shelly Metzger Skincare at Sandstone Therapeutic Massage.
LMT & Licensed Esthetician