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6 Benefits of Using a Vitamin C Serum

Posted: Aug 23 2017

by Linda Di Silvestro M.S.

There has been a lot of hype in the media about Vitamin C serums, many think that's all it is. But studies have shown that topical Vitamin C does have beneficial effects on skin cells. So if you want to look younger and I know you do, read on... 

 

 

 6 benefits of Vitamin C Serums

  • Promotes Collagen Production The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) and its role in collagen production make Vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Stimulation of collagen production leads to younger looking skin.
  • Prevents and treats Ultra Violet (UV)-induced photo damage
    Protects skin from sun damage especially from UVA and UVB rays. In addition to protecting your face and other areas of your skin, it helps speed the natural healing of your skin from sunburn to age spots and to other skin damage. We all know that the sun is our enemy in the wrinkle and dark spots department. Here is a product that combats BOTH.
  • Reduces Skin Discoloration
    By using a Vitamin C serum, it helps to reduce discoloration and redness--creating a more uniform complexion.
  • Younger, Brighter, Healthier Skin
    Because Vitamn C is an antioxidant, it naturally lightens and brightens dull skin--giving your complexion an overall revitalization. Vitamin C is also a preemptive strike against wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines, and other signs of aging. 
  • Reduces Under-Eye Circles & Puffiness
    Another advantage of using Vitamin C Serum is that it helps to reduce dark under-eye circles. It can also reduce puffiness around the eyes. Dark under-eye circles and puffiness make us look tired and older than we actually are. Using this product gives you a more youthful, bright, and vibrant appearance.
  • Improves Hydration via Exfoliation 
    Dry skin plagues many of us during the year and can be caused by a build up of dead skin cells. For those, Vitamin C is a MUST. With topical Vitamin C, you can enjoy deeply quenched, hydrated skin as it naturally exfoliates the outer layer allowing your other hydrating serums and creams to penetrate deeper. Too much Vitamin C on sensitive skin can cause over exfoliation, so no need to go overboard. Rid yourself of dull, dry skin itch and flakes, and achieve a youthful, dewy glow.

    With so many benefits of Vitamin C serum, it's time to add a Vitamin C product to your routine, but do so wisely. Research studies have found that products containing 20% Vitamin C are most effective. More than 20% has the reverse effect, and less than 20% has very little or no effect at all. Also, check the ingredient listing for Vitamin C derivatives (ie: Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) as these compounds provide similar activity of the more active form Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic), but with much better stability. Thereby reducing the "browning" effects that is most commonly caused by the oxidation and degradation of L-Ascorbic Vitamin C in products. 

    References:
    Alexander J. Michels, Benefits of Vitamin C on the skin. Ph.D. Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University;2011 Pinnell SR, Yang H, Omar M, et al. Topical L-ascorbic acid: percutaneous absorption studies. Dermatol Surg 2001;27:137-142. (PubMed)

     

    Fitzpatrick RE, Rostan EF. Double-blind, half-face study comparing topical vitamin C and vehicle for rejuvenation of photodamage.Dermatol Surg 2002;28:231-236. (PubMed)

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