Applied topically, the right vitamin C treatment can do wonders for rehabilitating your skin and on the path towards a healthier and younger-looking you.
The fact is, we all age. And, although genetics plays an important factor we can do something to help improve the health of our skin. With many different types of lotions, potions and makeup on the market that help nourish skin and even mask signs of aging, it can be hard to find that magic bullet that works for you.
Over the last few years, my face has become a major priority for me. It’s not that I haven’t cared for it in the past; it’s just that with time and the effects of environmental stress starting to creep up and take effect, I realized it needed more than what I was getting from hydrating and anti-aging formulas.
(See photo below. One side of the apple slice was treated with vitamin C, and the other was not. After 2 hours the left side began to “age” and oxidize while the other remained protected and healthy)
For the past year, I’ve added an extra step to my routine, which has greatly improved the health of my skin and the way I look. While I’m a fan of B5 and hyaluronic acid to help with moisture absorption, I believe that vitamin C has been the most reparative ingredient, and the best fighter against free radicals (those nasty things that attack healthy cells), allowing my skin to look better, feel softer and maintain its natural glow.
How does it work? Vitamin C helps form collagen and elastin (essential to keep the skin looking plump, and young) as well as acting as an antioxidant to protect from free radicals that are brought upon by the harsh effects of the environment, such as UV rays, pollution and a bad diet. But you can’t just eat it to get its benefits.
According to the Daily Mail, dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting stated that: “Studies show we can’t increase the amount of vitamin C in our skin simply through diet. Sunlight and pollution deplete the skin’s vitamin C supply, so it makes sense to deliver it topically. I would recommend a serum that contains at least 10 per cent vitamin C, and make sure it hasn’t discoloured — a sign that it has become oxidized and is no longer effective. Store it away from the light for maximum longevity.”
For best results, apply a vitamin C cream or serum first thing after you cleanse your face in the morning. After it is fully absorbed, apply your regular face cream.
Right now, I’m using Vitamin C24 by Indeed labs. The formula is made up of 22% Vitamin C L- Ascorbic Acid + 2% Hyaluronic Microspheres. It’s a light, creamy formula that easily glides onto skin. Unlike other Vitamin C products, this dual-action formula stays stable, doesn’t oxidize and is formulated for optimal absorption into the skin, allowing for the maximum C benefits and potency.
Another great choice is the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, which is an antioxidant combination of 15% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5% ferulic acid to strengthen skin’s natural protection from free radicals. This one uses a dropper to dispense the perfect amount of liquid to your face.
Applying a vitamin C serum topically to the skin can essentially keep your skin glowing and your skin tone even. Add it to your skincare routine and watch the glow begin!
Vitamin C24 will be launching this month exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada.
—by Toni-Marie Ippolito