I was thinking of more questions to answer this morning and it struck me that there is a significant lack of vitamin C content on Science and Skincare. So, today I’m setting out to change that.
Vitamin C is a widely discussed topic in the world of skincare because it is supposed to be a vital part of healthy skin. However, from what I’ve learned about social media in the last few years this also means that a lot of misinformation has been spread too.
So, let try to demystify all of this information, one question at a time. Starting with is vitamin C good for skin? The research points to yes so, lets take a look at why?
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Why is vitamin C good for skin?
There are a lot of advantages to vitamin c consumption including anti-aging and photo protection and all of these advantages come from one important charteristic of vitamin C – it’s a powerful antioxidant.
It may seem like the phrase ‘powerful antioxidant’ is thrown around a lot in skincare marketing but it really does make a difference and vitamin C is one of the best ways to attain it.
Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods and applying topical antioxidants do the same for your skin by helping to offset daily aggressors like UV damage and exposure to air pollution.
Antioxidants, like vitamin C, prevent or reduce damage to our cells by neutralising the production of highly reactive molecules called free radical. Free radicals are usually caused by the exposure to the sun.
Vitamin C and hyperpigmentation
Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties aren’t the only way that it helps skin health because it is also known to inhibit melanin formation and reduce oxidized melanin. This means it can be used as an effective treatment for those of you who suffer with skin discolouration w. ith continued topical use
Who can’t use vitamin C?
As with most skincare products, if you have very sensitive skin you are likely to experience some form of irritation by vitamin C. But that’s not to say you can’t use it. If you have sensitive skin just start with a lower concentration at first and patch test the product.