Hands up if you think of a plate of orange slices every time someone mentions “vitamin C”. Yeah, us too.
We often know vitamin C as an immune booster, and some of us are also aware of its antioxidant properties. You’ve probably seen it splashed across your favourite skincare store, and your bestfriend also swears by it as a miracle ingredient. Yet, how much do you really know about the benefits that vitamin C has for your skin?
We at SocietyA believe that you should always be equipped with the right product knowledge, because we want you to not only enjoy a beautiful and radiant complexion, but to be empowered with the knowledge of what you’re applying to your skin as well.
To help you better understand vitamin C and its properties, here are some need-to-know points and star products that are a chockful of zesty goodness.
What Is Vitamin C?
A naturally-derived acid, vitamin C is a strong antioxidant found in various food products. It’s also known as ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid or ascorbate, and it’s a wonder ingredient in the world of skincare.
“Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in tissue repair and the enzymatic production of various transmitters,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler, a New York-based dermatologist. Because it isn’t produced by your body, many skincare brands incorporate this acid into their products to help you reap its many benefits.
By now, we all know that you can introduce vitamin C into your diet with fruits or a dietary supplement. Yet when it comes to skincare, studies have shown that external application is far more effective in reaping its rewards, hence explaining why so many products use it as one of their key ingredients.
What Are The Skincare Benefits Of Vitamin C?
The benefits that your skin receives from vitamin C are plenty. Firstly, it promotes collagen production within your skin, which diminishes fine lines and gives you the appearance of firmer, younger-looking skin.
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant. Over time, free radicals build up in your system that can cause all kinds of health and beauty problems. Vitamin C acts as a barrier to neutralize these havoc-wreaking free radicals. It also offsets UV damage and the harmful effects of airborne pollutants, and slough away the dead skin cells that accumulate on your skin’s surface. The result: a brighter and more radiant complexion.
As if all of that isn’t enough, vitamin C also inhibits melanin production. A quick refresher: melanin is that substance that causes dark spots to form on the top dermal layer of your skin. With prolonged use of vitamin C, not only are dark spots and hyperpigmentation lightened, vitamin C helps prevent future spots from forming.