Summer is finally here! No matter what your favorite summer activity is (even if it’s sitting under a shady tree with a good book), chances are you’re outdoors more in the summer than any other time of year.
Even though you need to be vigilant in protecting your skin from sun damage year round, it’s even more important in the summer when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
Sunscreen is absolutely your first line of defense. Use it every day. Without fail.
But no sunscreen blocks every damaging UV ray and we all miss a spot now and then.
As a matter of fact, even a high SPF sunscreen doesn’t block all of the sun’s UV rays.
- SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB rays
- SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UVB rays
- SPF 50 blocks 98 percent of UVB rays
- SPF 100 blocks 99 percent of UVB rays
(And just to clear up another point we’ve heard more than once, SPF are not additive. If you put on SPF 30 and then layer SPF 50 over it, you don’t get SPF 80. You only have as much protection as the highest SPF you slather on. In this example, SPF 50.)
Luckily, there’s something that can help and do a lot of other good things for your skin at the same time. Vitamin C.
Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant. It helps to protect your skin from photodamage by fighting the free radicals produced by the sun’s UV radiation.
Your skin contains the highest concentration of vitamin C in your body
The bad news is that as you age, the amount of vitamin C in your skin goes down, especially if you have some sun damage.
Besides acting as an antioxidant, Vitamin C helps to maintain your skin’s barrier. Your skin barrier protects you from moisture loss and invasion by germs.
Vitamin C helps prevent the formation of age spots or hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin C also supports collagen production, helping to maintain your skin’s firmness and keep it from sagging.
Which means as you age, your skin's firmness decreases and sagginess increases in part due to vitamin C levels decreasing (peptides and other collagen building ingredients are also important).
You also have less natural protection from the sun's rays, which can further damage your skin barrier.
You can (and should) get plenty of vitamin C in foods, and supplement if necessary.
In studies done at the Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon, skin benefited the most 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. These are the layers where collagen and elastin are made.
The problem is that the outer layers of skin need their vitamin C, too, adding vitamin C to your skincare routine can give you noticeable results and much healthier skin.
- Vitamin C can help prevent sun damage on your skin. When those sneaky UV rays get past your sunscreen, free radicals are formed. Free radicals damage your skin’s cells nad cause premature aging and many other problems. 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 your 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 you age and too much UV exposure makes that happen even faster (which is why you must wear sunscreen!). Enough topical vitamin C can help slow this process down and stimulate collagen production.
- Vitamin C can reduce sun spots and age spots. It contains a property that inhibits your skin's melanin production, which is what causes hyperpigmentation (those brown spots that come with age and time in the sun). With continued topical use, vitamin C can help prevent dark spots from forming in the first place. Your complexion will look brighter and more even.
- Vitamin C can reduce skin dryness. Several studies shave suggested that topical vitamin C can also help the skin barrier and reduce rough or dry skin.
A Serum is the best way to deliver Vitamin C to your skin
Serums are focused, concentrated formulas that are designed to penetrate deep and give you noticeable results in a shorter period of time.
Bottom line: vitamin C serums are more effective than vitamin C in creams or toners.
Using a vitamin C serum, like DewDrops, every morning can really help your to keep your skin looking its best and healthiest even during the summer.
We’ve made DewDrops to pack a big punch of antioxidants-both a stable, non-irritating form of vitamin C and its helper vitamin E. Citrus stem cells and adaptogenic herbs deliver even more antioxidant action.
To make DewDrops even more effective, we've added hyaluronic acid and MSM to boost hydration and plant stem cells to promote firmer, more radiant skin.
The best way to use DewDrops is right after you wash your face in the morning. That way the potent antioxidants can help protect your skin against photo damage and the effects of pollution all day long.
DewDrops will absorb quickly into your skin so there’s not a long wait time before applying your next product. I suggest following with a moisturizer like our best selling AlpenGlo or SunUp Antioxidant Day Cream.
Then, of course, sunscreen. Whether it’s sunny, raining, or cloudy, and even if you’re in the car or indoors near a window.
DewDrops Vitamin C serum is gentle and non-irritating so it really can help almost everyone’s skin. If you’re outdoors a lot or over 40 (although it’s a great preventative formula for just about everyone), I’d say it’s essential.