Vitamin C for your Skincare Routine
Ever wondered why vitamin C was one of the most searched-for beauty products? That is because vitamin C skin care products have a host of amazing benefits for all types of skin- it brightens the complexion, evens skin tone, fights free radicals, erases wrinkles, and even increases our skin’s collagen production.
Vitamin C powder for skin is a relatively new beauty trend, but is gaining popularity in the market. Keep reading to find out why.
Why Do We Favor Vitamin C Powder Over Its Other Forms?
Vitamin C in skin care products can lose its potency by merely opening the serum or moisturizer bottle that contains it. It is a volatile molecule because it undergoes oxidation when exposed to air, heat, or light. Of course, when oxidized, its chemical power is lost, so it is no longer beneficial to the skin. Vitamin C can also be quite difficult to deliver to the dermal layer of the skin, making vitamin C application a bit tricky.
Its powdered version gives you all the benefits without the instability and permeability issues. The ascorbic acid on the powdered form stays potent and is more resistant (to heat, air, light); therefore, it lasts longer. You can add a pinch of the powder in your favorite face oil, moisturizer, serum, or sunscreen and voila! You can enjoy all its inexpensive and easy benefits.
Topical Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C for Acne Treatment
Acne is caused by a wide range of factors such as allergies, hormonal imbalance, or weakened immune system. Hence, giving your skin topical Vitamin C can boost your immune system and improve its regeneration function.
Vitamin C can also increase the flow of antioxidants to your zits, reducing the breakouts' severity. Besides, it has anti-inflammatory properties; thus, redness and swelling caused by acne are significantly reduced.
Vitamin C for Collagen Production
Vitamin C is also vital in rebuilding healthy skin, so aside from its anti-inflammatory property, it also treats acne scars by accelerating collagen synthesis or production. Collagen is the major portion of the dry weight of our skin and is the protein responsible for our skin’s structure.
However, stimulation of collagen production is not the only role of vitamin C. It also stabilizes the collagen we already have, thus contributing to overall wrinkle reduction.
Vitamin C for Complexion
The topical use of vitamin C has been shown to significantly improve the overall quality and tone of the skin. It helps diminish skin hyperpigmentation, brightens complexion, decreases moisture loss, and reduces skin inflammation. This is mainly due to the fact that vitamin C inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase. Tyrosinase converts tyrosine (an amino acid) into melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives color to our skin, so when tyrosinase is inhibited, melanin is also blocked.
Vitamin C As Antioxidant
The most abundant antioxidant in our skin is Vitamin C. Our skin cells store them in bulk to help our skin fight the damage caused by environmental factors such as UV rays exposure, pollution, and smoking.
Vitamin C Replenishes Vitamin E
When our skin is exposed to sunlight, the level of vitamin E in our skin diminishes. This is where vitamin C comes in. It helps replenish the vitamin E that we have lost with sun exposure, and together, they protect our skin from oxidative damage.
So how do you get the most benefits for your buck? Look for the purer, pharmaceutical-grade varieties of L-ascorbic acid. Ideally something not containing any types of additives and is GMO-free. Give it a try for a couple of weeks and see how your skin feels after the improved treatment!
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