26 Aug What’s All The Rave About Vitamin C
So we all want lovely plump glowing skin and one of the best ways to achieve this is to put Vitamin C onto the skin, either in a serum or in creams. The skin absorbs the vitamin so it can get to work on all the structures that require this vitamin for optimal results.
Vitamin C is one of the 3 ‘power house’ vitamins for healthy glowing skin, as well as vitamins A and E.
HOW DOES VITAMIN C INCREASE OUR COLLAGEN PRODUCTION?
Firstly, as we age our collagen production slows down which contributes to the skin becoming wrinkled and loose as well as it is taking longer for wounds to heal.
Vitamin C is a required component for the production of hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine, both of which are needed to bind the molecules that produce collagen. This in turn provides strength and elasticity to the skin. Collagen rejuvenates the skin from the base and reduces wrinkles and signs of aging. It’s also an essential ingredient for connective tissues in the body like tendons, ligaments and cartalige. Our bodies would literally fall apart without it!
Another essential role of collagen is to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss. The production of collagen happens in the mid-layers of the skin. Without the flexibility, the middle layers tear and scarring starts to form and appear in the top layers. So, the more collagen we have the more supple our skin and thus gives us a firmer more youthful appearance.
HOW CAN I LIGHTEN MY BROWN SPOTS?
Brown spots are a sign aging and skin damage, also known as pigmentation damage. The good news is they can be reduced by applying topical vitamin C directly onto the Brown Spot, so the antioxidants can get to work. Vitamin C is full of antioxidants and fights against free radicals that damage our skin cells and we can see that for example in Brown Spots and wrinkles.
Vitamin C protects DNA from photochemical reactions that can lead to tumors, skin discoloration, and several kinds of cancer. It also inhibits the production of pyrimidine dimers that are the primary cause of melanomas. Vitamin C even lightens dark discoloration like skin freckles and age spots and helps you get younger smoother skin.
I’VE HEARD THAT VITAMIN C HELPS TO HEAL SUNBURN?
Vitamin C can help to repair some of the damage to the lower layers of the skin after sun exposure. If you apply Vitamin C before the application of sunscreen, it will boost the effectiveness and help it get into the lower layers of the skin. Your cells will be protected from future damage and also offers a layer of protection against the UV ray and reduces the effects of superficial reddening of the skin. Its important to note that Vitamin C should not replace sunscreen but can be used in addition.