“Topical vitamin C is a science-backed, dermatologist-favourite ingredient that may help slow early skin ageing, prevent sun damage, and improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and acne. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it fights harmful free radicals (toxins) that come in contact with your skin from external sources like air pollution, or from inside the body as a result of normal processes like your metabolism. Free radicals can damage the skin, and applying topical vitamin C can combat free radicals and may improve the skin’s overall appearance.”(Source: Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School)
Yes kittens, you read the source of that quote correctly – Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School. You’d think I’d just pack up and leave it at that now, wouldn’t you? But no, I’m going to continue to waffle for just a bit longer!
The appearance of uneven skin tone on the face, chest, and hands is a clear sign of ageing skin, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Whether caused by sun damage or other skin issues, when your complexion has been robbed of its natural glow and is starting to look dull or you’re struggling with dark spots and post-blemish marks, Vitamin C is your knight in glowing armour who will visibly return your skin to a vibrant, healthy state!
How Vitamin C Supports Skin Care
When you think about Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), your mind probably jumps to the tablets in your health store to stomp on coughs and colds. But I’m talking topical application here and this highly potent nutrient offers many benefits for the skin, including the potential to:
- Make collagen, used to keep skin youthful and plump
- Heal wounds
- Maintain and repair damaged skin and cartilage
- Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Brighten up complexion
- Even skin tone
- Reduce the appearance of dark spots
- Prevent premature ageing
So, using our Vitamin C topically result in just some of the following benefits:
Reduce Undereye Circles
The dark circles under your eyes are a network of teeny tiny blood vessels just under the skin. Vitamin C strengthens this thin, delicate skin also making skin more elastic and resilient, helping conceal the blood vessels underneath.
Collagen is the building block of skin, hair, muscles, and tendons, and it is what keeps our skin looking youthful and smooth. And guess what? Vitamin C is absolutely essential for producing it in the body!
As we age, collagen production slows down, which leads to sagging skin (ouch!). Vitamin C accelerates the production of both collagen and elastin, which help keep the skin plump and firm restoring a more youthful, smooth appearance.
This common condition is characterised by the development of darker spots on the skin (you’ve probably heard them called ‘age spots’ in not-so-friendly tones), most often caused by overexposure to the sun’s UV rays and environmental stresses. Although harmless, hyperpigmentation can make your skin appear older. Vitamin C doesn’t have an effect on normal skin colour only the abnormal melanin deposits caused by sun damage.
Without sufficient moisture, the top layer of skin starts to dry out, leading to itchy, scaly skin and premature ageing. Hydration is vital to keeping your skin healthy and youthful-looking. Vitamin C is clinically proven to help skin retain water, keeping it plump and smooth and preventing it from becoming too oily or dry.
Blotchy, uneven, and red skin can result from a number of factors, including inflammatory skin conditions (e.g. eczema and rosacea), sun exposure, hormones, and medical conditions. But you don’t have to live with skin redness, thanks to vitamin C. This powerhouse vitamin minimises redness thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, also helping mend damaged capillaries that cause skin redness, creating a smoother, more even complexion.
Incorporating Vitamin C Into Your Skincare Routine
When you’re young and convinced of your own invulnerability, levels of this powerful antioxidant in the skin are abundant, but they naturally deplete as you age. Vitamin C skincare products such as serums and moisturisers can help supplement, leading to skin that feels firmer and has a brighter, more even complexion.
Whether your skin is dry, oily, or a combination, vitamin C is beneficial for skin health, helping it look and feel healthier and younger longer.
I prefer to use a serum for my Vitamin C fixe as they tend to be more concentrated and more readily absorbed – yay!. When purchasing a vitamin C serum, look for dark bottles. Vitamin C breaks down when exposed to light or air, so dark glass bottles help maintain their efficacy and stability.
Are you ready to incorporate vitamin C into your daily skin routine? Let’s go but be warned, it’s very simple!
I prefer to apply my serum in the morning as it’s a great protector against pollution and all the other yuckies my skin has to withstand each day.
- Gently cleanse your face
- Spritz on toner
If using one, now is the time for your chemical exfoliant
- Apply Vitamin C serum (and any other oils/serums you use)!!!
- Finish off with your moisturiser and sunscreen
Some people experience a mild tingling sensation when first using Vitamin C so you might want to try using it every second day to start with if that applies to you. Some tingling is normal though so don’t panic!
So, do you think Vitamin C would be something to help you out with your own skincare concerns? Or are you already a convert and want to share your tips/stories? I’d love to see your comments below!
Love, light & blessings