Vitamin C is a critical vitamin for the body, one that plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. Overtime, the skin will naturally lose Vitamin C. Factors such as exposure to pollutants, cigarette smoke, and UV light can also cause the skin to lose Vitamin C. There are many benefits to introducing Vitamin C back to the skin. These include:
- Stimulate collagen production
- Brighten skin
- Decrease the presence of wrinkles
- Repair damage cause by UV rays, including discoloration and fine lines
- Protect the face from some UV rays (sunblock should still be used)
- Reduce and possibly eliminate the presence of dark spots
How does it Work?
Most specialists recommend that Vitamin C Serum be applied to the face and neck. When it is applied, it delivers a highly-concentrated dose of Vitamin C to the area. The serum works better than moisturizers because it offers deep penetration and rapid absorption. When applied topically, Vitamin C stimulates collagen production. This helps to prevent the signs of aging. It is believed that using Vitamin C topically instead of ingesting it is twenty times more effective.
How Often Should I Use it?
For best results, Vitamin C Serum should be applied daily. It can be applied morning or night. First, wash and pat the skin dry. If you use toner as part of your daily regimen, apply the toner before the serum. Rub a small amount of the serum around the entire face and neck area. Allow this to dry, before using a moisturizer.
How Much Vitamin C Do I Need?
The amount of Vitamin C you use will be determined by the results you are looking for. A physician will better be able to advise you in the percentage of Vitamin C to look for in serums. This will often range from anywhere between 3% and 20%. The best serums will have Vitamin C listed as the main ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. When buying Vitamin C serum, ensure the package is airtight and blocked from light. All antioxidants containing Vitamin C will deteriorate in the presence of air or light. If you are unsure of the Vitamin C serum that you will need, consider consulting with a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or other physician.