16 Aug Vitamin C Serum: a Must-Have for Anti-Aging Skincare
There is a lot of buzz in the skincare world about Vitamin C – and with good reason; an antioxidant, it helps reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, repairs sun damage, and boosts collagen production.
While we get Vitamin C from many foods such citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli,
broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, baked potatoes and tomatoes, which is crucial for our overall health, little reaches the skin when ingested orally. Clinical trials have shown, that when applied topically, Vitamin C can promote collagen formation and mitigate the effects of free radicals, to help maintain firm and youthful skin. In terms of skincare, the most common form of Vitamin C, is Ascorbic Acid. You may also see Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP), which is a water-soluble byproduct of Vitamin C that can be effective in lower concentrations, or in its trademarked form, Ester-C, with Calcium Ascorbate.
Vitamin C Protects Your Skin From the Effects of Aging
Because Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it can neutralize free radicals – molecules in the skin with an unpaired electron that, through a series of reactions, eventually cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. Vitamin C has proven to be an effective way to amp up the skin’s natural protection against these free radicals.
Vitamin C Reduces Brown Spots
Vitamin C is also has tyrosinase inhibitors, which prevent enzymes in our body from creating excessive amounts of melanin, or pigment, to help brighten skin and lighten dark spots that result from aging and sun exposure.
Vitamin C boosts Collagen Production
Collagen is a protein that keeps our skin firm and resilient. After the age of 30, our collagen production decreases, which causes our skin to wrinkle. Vitamin C interacts with amino acids within collagen cells, adding hydrogen and oxygen, to help increase collagen production.
Creams vs Serums
When it comes to Vitamin C creams and serums, there are several pros and cons of each. Vitamin C creams can be less irritating, less expensive, more moisturizing and have a longer shelf life than serums, but Vitamin C serums penetrate the skin more deeply, are more effective as an anti-aging agent, and tackle wrinkles faster than creams.
Vitamin C serums absorb quickly and have a high potency, so you only need a few drops for each application. You should apply your serum after your cleanser and before your moisturizer. Quality serums have a concentration of 5 to 20 percent, and come in small bottles because the ingredients can expire fairly quickly. Look for serums that are packaged in opaque containers with a pump or some other air-restrictive device because Vitamin C will destabilize the more it comes into contact with light and air.
Because quality Vitamin C is so strong, if you have sensitive skin, use a lower concentration or start applying on alternate days and work your way up to daily use to avoid irritation.