Vitamin C used to be most commonly associated with oranges and veggies like spinach and broccoli. Okay, also Sunny D, the whole “unleash the power of the sun” bit. But within the last decade, it's unleashing its power e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e in skin care—and for good reason.
But before we dive into why vitamin C is so awesome for your skin, let’s talk about what it actually is.
What is vitamin C
Vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) is a nutrient our bodies need to form blood vessels, cartilage, collagen, and muscle. It’s also an antioxidant (a substance that removes potentially damaging agents from the body), which means it protects your cells by fighting free radicals. Free radicals are compounds that, if allowed to get too high or strong, can cause damage to the body. UV rays, for example.
So, you can already see why C is such a bad B. Here are five more reasons to love this nutrient.
1: Too much sun? Use Vitamin C (we’ll reprimand you later)
Sunscreen! You gotta use sunscreen—everyday. Rain or shine. But we get it—even the most careful of us can forget to reapply as much as necessary. If you’ve gotten too much sun exposure, one of Vitamin C’s superpowers is its ability to defend against sun damage and lessen the sun's harmful effects.
That’s not to say it’s a replacement for sunscreen, but a way to give yourself even more protection.
2: Spot’s a cute name for a dog, not for your face
No one is happy when they notice dark spots from the sun, age, or scars, but Vitamin C can help reduce their pigments gradually if used consistently over time.
It’s not a cure for spots and because all skin is different, some people may notice better results with Vitamin C. However, some studies have shown the reduction of dark spots on people using Vitamin C for 16 weeks.
3: Losing collagen? Vitamin C’s got you
As we age, our skin naturally loses its ability to produce collagen, which is what keeps our skin supple, firm, and bouncy. Without it, skin can begin to sag and lose its shape. Luckily, Vitamin C is one of your biggest cheerleaders when it comes to this issue, encouraging new collagen growth within the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and improve skin’s elasticity, texture, and smoothness.
4: Brighten up, sunshine
Dull skin happens. Whether you have sun damage, lack of collagen, or hyperpigmentation, all these factors can contribute to skin that loses its luster. Vitamin C can help fight all these factors, which can leave your skin looking brighter and more alive (which it is, but we’ll talk about that another time).
5: Vitamin C is a follower
If you want to reap the benefits of Vitamin C, you have to use it correctly. It’s best to use serums and moisturizers with this powerhouse nutrient after you cleanse your skin. This allows the ingredient to sink deep into the skin’s surface and penetrate its layers, unobstructed by dirt and oil that can buildup on our skin during the day and night.
Bonus! If Vitamin C is what you want, we got it
Obviously, we had to include Vitamin C in our new line of over-the-counter clean Skin Care products. Our dermatologists designed our Vitamin C Serum and Moisturizer to be safe for all skin types (including acne-prone skin), cruelty and fragrance-free, and of course, packed with the power of Vitamin C to brighten skin, reduce sun damage, and give you that sought after healthy glow.
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