One of the most potent skincare ingredients in the world is hiding in plain sight.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, such as citrus fruits like lemons and oranges and vegetables like cauliflower and kale. It’s also commonly available in supplement form, with many people taking it daily to ward off colds and other illnesses.
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What some people don’t know is that vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant. Antioxidants fight off free radicals that cause cellular damage like wrinkles, age spots, and skin dryness. Free radical sources an average person comes in contact with every day are mostly environmental, such as sun exposure and cigarette smoke.
Vitamin C is also used by the body to make collagen, a protein used to make skin, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Vitamin C applied topically in creams, serums, and moisturizers provides the following skincare benefits:
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Prevents and reduces the appearance of wrinkles
As previously mentioned, vitamin C boosts collagen production. As a person ages, he or she no longer produces as much collagen, and skin loses some of its elasticity, resulting in wrinkles. Applying skincare products with vitamin C stimulates collagen production, minimizing fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.
Prevents and reduces the appearance of age spots, freckles, and acne marks
Age spots and freckles are pigmentations of the skin caused by UV damage. Vitamin C speeds up their repair and prevents further damage. In additional, topical vitamin C is acidic and has a gentle exfoliant effect, which helps remove surface blemishes.
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Provides sun protection
Vitamin C has been shown to boost the effectiveness of sunscreen, helping protect the skin from sun damage. Many skincare and beauty companies have recognized vitamin C’s potential in promoting healthy skin and have incorporated it into their products. When choosing a vitamin C-infused skincare product, pick one that comes in an opaque bottle with a hygienic pump, as exposure to sunlight and air can cause its vitamin C to destabilize and lose its effectivity.