Skincare Highlight: Vitamin C
Vitamin C would have to be one of my favourite skincare ingredients. If I were stranded on a deserted island and could take only one skincare item with me, it would be a good vitamin C serum. Why? Well, aside from curing your scurvy, vitamin C offers a host of skin benefits – many of which I can attest to since adding it to my nightly routine!
A few skin benefits of vitamin C…
UV Protection: A number of studies have found vitamin C to protect against UV damage – especially when combined with vitamin E (which is already a common ingredient in sunblocks!). While I’m still a regular sunblock user, it never hurts to have a little more protection!
Fades Dark Spots: Vitamin C inhibits the production of melanin – the double-edged pigment in our skin that’s responsible for a glowing tan or a nasty dark spot. Unfortunately, my skin scars easily and so hyper pigmentation is a big issue for me. However, I can successfully say that since adding vitamin C to my nightly routine, I’ve faded a number of old acne scars!
Speeds Up Wound Healing: This is possibly my most interesting finding! I’ll start off by admitting that I’m quite bad when it comes to acne – I’m guilty of poking, prodding, and squeezing when I know I shouldn’t. As a result, my skin often needs to do some post-breakout repair. This is where the magic happens. After any infection has subsided, I’ll apply a touch of vitamin C to the area before bed. When I wake, I always find that the spot has healed significantly – it’s actually quite miraculous!
Anti-aging: I’m sure you’ve all heard this one before, but it’s still a goodie. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, meaning it neutralizes free radicals and prevents oxidative damage which plays a large role in skin ageing.
Prevents & Reduces Wrinkles: Wrinkles are caused by a decline in the production of collagen and elastin, which naturally occurs as we age. Vitamin C has been found to work by maintaining collagen production by:
- Increasing the proliferation of fibroblasts (cellular structures that produce collagen) and
- Stimulating increased collagen synthesis by fibroblasts
Hence, vitamin C can be used to maintain collagen levels and preserve skin integrity!
DIY vs Off-The-Shelf
At the moment, we prefer to prepare a DIY vitamin C serum (which we’ll cover in a future post). DIY can be a better way to go in this instance, mainly because vitamin C oxidises (goes bad) quickly. Though there are a number of off-the-shelf products that you can purchase, do keep in mind that effectively delivering vitamin C to the skin is tricky – so rubbing a cut orange on your face, or buying a cheap serum might not give the best results! As always, research is key when buying any product or doing DIY.
Do you use vitamin C? Have you noticed any differences since using it?