The beauty benefits of vitamin C in skincare
Why vitamin C is a skin superhero
Vitamin C has long been touted for its incredible health and immune-boosting benefits when consumed in food or supplement form. It’s also a powerful ingredient when used topically in skincare, boasting a slew of healthy skin benefits that make this humble vitamin a skin superhero.What is vitamin C?
According to the US National Institutes of Health, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant with multiple health benefits including assisting with wound healing, fighting the damaging effects of free radicals and supporting the immune system.
It’s for these health-giving reasons among others that vitamin C has been an essential part of our daily diet for years and why it’s also become a superhero skincare ingredient.Why is vitamin C skincare good for the skin?
Getting your daily dose of vitamin C is just as important for your skin as it is for your insides. However, as our body absorbs most of the vitamin C we ingest, for our skin to reap the benefits of this powerful antioxidant it needs to be applied topically via skincare.
Speaking of antioxidants, this is a key reason vitamin C in skincare is so beneficial for the skin. The antioxidants in vitamin C make it a powerhouse when it comes to helping skin stay healthy by fighting free radical damage to skin cells caused by harmful UV rays and other environmental aggressors like pollution.
For anyone suffering from pigmentation and dark spots, this humble vitamin also has properties that may inhibit the production of melanin in the skin, which are the cause of dark spots and pigmentation.
It’s also known to help brighten and even dull skin tone and may assist in smoothing fine lines and wrinkles by encouraging the skin’s production of collagen and elastic—the “scaffolding” that keeps our skin looking glowy and plump (read more about collagen, here).
Vitamin C may help treat inflammation and reduce redness—it really is an all-star skincare ingredient.
In a nutshell, these are the beauty benefits of vitamin C in skincare:
Helps keep skin cells healthy
Helps brighten and even dull skin
Helps prevent and fade dark spots and pigmentation
Assists with anti-ageing
Helps treat inflammation and reduce redness
Vitamin C is safe to use with other active skincare ingredients so it can be added into your skincare regimen very easily. Of course, it’s always a good idea to do a small patch test of any new product on your arm before applying it to your entire face, neck and décolletage, to ensure it suits your individual skin.
In terms of which skincare product delivers a potent dose of vitamin C, one great option is a vitamin C serum. Serums are designed to deliver active ingredients, so adding a vitamin C serum into your beauty line-up will effectively and efficiently serve your skin a daily dose of this hard-working skincare superhero.
Seek out serums containing Kakadu plum, this Australian native is one of the richest sources of vitamin C in the world and will gives skin a skin-loving dose of this superhero ingredient. Or, look for serums containing L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbic acid as it’s also called, which is another effective form of vitamin C.