Lately, Vitamin C products have been popping up everywhere, from indie and mainstream brands alike. But this isn’t just another ingredient trend; Vitamin C has real benefits for your skin according to dermatologists.
Wait - what is Vitamin C?
Ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, or as we know it - Vitamin C - is not produced by the body. The only way to get it is through your diet or supplements. Citrus fruits like oranges are high in Vitamin C, as are broccoli, cantaloupe, and kale! Vitamin C helps with tissue repair, bone and blood vessel formation, neurotransmitter production and is an antioxidant. It also boosts your immune system; so eating an orange a day might be a good way to keep the doctors away and to keep your skin clear!
How does Vitamin C help your skin?
Collagen production: Vitamin C helps produce collagen, which diminishes fine lines and helps with the firmness of your skin. This collagen production also helps with your skin’s ability to heal.
Antioxidant superpower: The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C aid in your skin’s natural regeneration process, thus helping your body repair damaged skin cells, according to board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler. It also helps fight off free-radicals’ (such as UV damage and exposure to air pollution) impact on your skin.
Brightening effect: Vitamin C is also very brightening, helping reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, or dark spots, without interfering with normal skin pigmentation.
The best Vitamin C is with E!
As it turns out, Vitamin C packs a punch when combined with Vitamin E, another antioxidant that protects from free-radical damage.
Storage tip: Vitamin C is highly prone to oxidation which is why it should be kept in opaque containers, and closed as much as possible to maintain its benefits.
Keep an eye out for a Vitamin C rich product in the Summer box!
About the Author:
Evelyn Ashworth is a second-year marketing student at the University of British Columbia. She is an advocate for ethical and clean beauty and business and is a face mask connoisseur. She's always open to learning more about making an impact in industry.