3 Reasons Why you should start using a Vitamin C Product Today!
- Collagen Production
By age 20 the production of collagen in our skin is reduced by 1% every year. By age 40 our skin stops producing collagen entirely!
Incase you didn’t know, collagen is a natural protein produced by our bodies that keeps our skin firm and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. By our mid 30’s we start to notice slight wrinkles and sagging skin, and that’s only when we’ve lost about 10% of our bodies natural collagen production.
Vitamin C naturally boosts your body’s production of collagen giving your skin a tighter, firmer feel. Using a Vitamin C product is a good first step to fight the onset of wrinkles.
- Protection against the sun
Everyone knows that overexposure to sunlight causes major damage to your skin. From hyper-pigmentation to premature aging and the much dreaded skin cancer.
It’s always a good idea to regularly use sunscreen as part of your skin care routine but did you know Vitamin C also offers much needed protection from the suns harmful rays?
While sunscreen shields the outer layer of your skin from the sun, Vitamin C works from within by thickening the dermis layer of your skin. Using sunscreen with a Vitamin C product will decrease your chances of getting skin cancer, counteract harmful effects of ultraviolet rays and even lighten brown spots.
(The effects of sun and pollution to your skin)
- Acts as an antioxidant
I’m sure you’ve heard the word “Antioxidant” before, but what does that mean? Antioxidants protect the skin against free radicals. Your body produces free radicals when you come into contact with ultraviolet rays, smoke and exhaust fumes. Free radicals react with oxygen and in turn may reduce the amount of oxygen carried to your cells. Too many free radicals damage your cells so that they function poorly or die. First the sun is trying to destroy you and now, so is the air around you!
So what are the visible benefits of antioxidants you might ask? Products that have ingredients such as green tea or pine bark contain antioxidants that calm redness and inflammation. Antioxidants help plump out the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as making your skin look firmer. Antioxidants can also be helpful in treating scars caused by cuts, acne and sun damage by increasing blood flow to the scar tissue.
Vitamin C products are rich in antioxidants and can help restore and regenerate your skin for a visibly more youthful complexion!
How do I get my hands on some Vitamin C?
Now that you are fully terrified of all the ways your body and the elements can destroy your skin, lets talk about what you can do to prevent it!
Natural sources of Vitamin C
So naturally (ha-ha see what I did there?) one of the best sources of Vitamin C is found in food. Besides the obvious oranges and lemons, Vitamin C can be found in papaya, broccoli, kiwi, red bell pepper, strawberries and brussel sprouts.
Healthy eating is great but we’re talking about skin here. We are firm believers in using topical Vitamin C products in daily skin care routines as well. Products that are for the skin and absorbed directly into the skin!
Vitamin C Serum
This product is packed with antioxidants as well as aloe vera gel, Canadian willow herb extract, green tea and ceramides.
After cleansing and toning your skin in the morning apply the Vitamin C Serum and then top it off with a moisturizer that contains SPF. One of the extra benefits of this serum is that it is oil free. Tip- Keep the serum refrigerated to prevent it oxidizing too quickly.
Vitamin C Cream
Loaded with aloe vera gel, grape seed oil and RNA/DNA as well as all your antioxidants.
Apply in the morning after your cleanser and toner. Unlike the serum this product acts as a moisturizer but you will still need to apply a foundation or sunscreen with SPF on top of it. This cream is a good option if you tend to have very dry or sensitive skin.
Vitamin C Lip Treatment with SPF 15
The perfect on-the-go lip protection. Not only is this packed with Vitamin C, it also contains SPF15, vitamin A and E along with chamomile, jojoba and avocado oil. All these ingredients protect and soften your lips.
The best part is it comes in clear or tinted shades!
Vitamin C can do a world of good for your skin. If you start incorporating it into your skin care routine at a young age you can majorly slow down aging and protect your skin from so many forms of damage caused by everyday life. It’s never to late to start using a good vitamin C product, the benefits are endless!
- Sue Slutsky