Benefits of Vitamin C in your skincare

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Discover the many benefits of using Vitamin C in your daily skincare regime so you can glow and keep your skin safe this summer.1

As skin care experts here at Face & Body, we recognise healthy looking skin before we have even carried out a skin analysis. Healthy skin is bright, light reflective and has an amazing radiant glow. Of course having a healthy diet packed with nutrients and vitamins is imperative as most of us know, but when it comes to our skin we aren’t as informed.

What happens to your skin in the sun?

When your skin is exposed to UV light, damaging molecules called free radicals attack cells and collagen, this can trigger inflammation and lead to wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer.
 
Did you know that by simply adding a Vitamin C serum to your skincare routine, it can help to prevent sun damage?

How does Vitamin C help in the sun?

Vitamin C is one of the most essential vitamins you can add to your diet for glowing skin and to boost immunity. It helps stimulate the production of collagen, which is the connective tissue that keeps your skin looking firm. Along with minimizing the appearance of fine lines, vitamin C also helps the surface of your skin appear smoother and firmer by activating cells called fibroblasts that make new collagen.
 
As with dietary vitamin C, applying the nutrient topically also feeds your skin protective antioxidants that fight free radical damage and inflammation caused by the sun, pollution and environmental factors.
 
The key is to use a product that contains L-ascorbic acid (the most potent form of vitamin C), the only one that can penetrate the deep layers of your skin. Although using sunscreen is still the best way to prevent UVB damage (burns) and the aging effects of UV light, application of vitamin C delivers extra protection by counteracting the small percentage of UV rays that can sneak through. 

Prepare your skin for summer

If you’ve still to head off for a break in the sun you can help protect your skin (and prolong your tan!) with some simple preparation. 
 
My recommendation would be DRVICTORIA™ Radiance or Obagi Professional C serum.
 
Fun Fact - Remember that the closer an ingredient is to the top of the list on a product label, the higher its concentration. Whether you choose a serum, lotion or cream, ascorbic acid can degrade quickly when exposed to sunlight.
 
Jules x
 

 

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