Vitamin C: It's not just in oranges.
Vitamin C. It's what we take when we think we're getting sick. It's our protector and immunity booster. But did you know: It's in our skin, too!
Our skin naturally contains high amounts of vitamin C.
Vitamin C supports collagen production, helping to maintain the firmness and keep skin from sagging.
It also acts as a potent antioxidant, helping to protect us from the sun’s rays and fighting the free radicals produced by UV radiation.
Sounds great, right? It is!
But vitamin C levels become lower in mature and photo-damaged skin.
Which means as we age, our skin's firmness decreases and sagginess increases because our vitamin C levels decrease.
We also have less protection from the sun's rays, which can further damage the skin barrier.
We can (and should) get plenty of vitamin C in our foods, and supplement if necessary.
In studies done at the Linus Pauling Institue at the University of Oregon, the most beneficial thing for skin was when vitamin C was taken with another antioxidant, like vitamin E.
More vitamin C in the bloodstream means more can be delivered to the deep layers of the skin to where the blood vessels travel.
The problem is that the outer layers of skin need their vitamin C, too, and this is why adding vitamin C to your skincare routine can really help.
- Vitamin C can help prevent sun damage on your skin. Vitamin C limits the damage done by UV light exposure of the sun’s rays. Unlike a sunscreen, it does not absorb UV light, but rather uses its antioxidant activity to fight the damage caused by free radicals.
- Vitamin C can protect the skin's proteins to keep it looking supple and fresh. Vitamin C fights the oxidative damage to proteins in the skin that occur with both sun (photo) damage and the normal aging processes.
- Vitamin C can reduce wrinkles and sagging. Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of collagen which is important for the stability and support of the outer layer of skin (epidermis). Good collagen production= fewer wrinkles and sagging. Sadly, collagen production declines as we age and too much UV exposure makes that happen even faster (which is why you must wear sunscreen!). Enough vitamin C can help slow this process down and stimulate collagen production.
- Vitamin C can reduce sun spots and age spots. It has been shown to help with hyperpigmentation (those brown spots that come with age and time in the sun).
- Vitamin C can reduce skin dryness. Several studies shave suggested that topical vitamin C can also help with rough or dry skin.
Before you start washing your face with orange juice, we have a better solution. Try a serum.
Vitamin C is best delivered to your skin in a serum and works best if used in the morning before you are exposed to the sun and environment for the day.
SunWindSnow's DewDrops Serum uses a stable, non-irritating form of vitamin C, along with citrus stem cells, super-hydrating hyaluronic acid, and adaptogenic herbs to deliver a well-absorbed, gentle and effective serum to your skin when it needs it most.