Often considered the “wonder ingredient” of skincare, vitamin C is a tricky-to-manufacturer product with an array of skincare positives. When discussing most skin concerns, there’s a high chance that a vitamin C product can help.
This secret ingredient is a must-have and shouldn’t just be contained for treating common colds. This week, we look at the benefits vitamin C can have for our skincare, what this vital ingredient can combat and the best products to use for an array of different vitamin C skin concerns.
What is vitamin C?
To answer this question, we have to understand what free radicals are. Free radicals are unstable molecules that, over time, can damage the cells in our body and skin. They are formed as a result of natural metabolic processes so it’s safe to assume that everyone accumulates them.
When applied to the skin, vitamin C becomes a potent antioxidant that can effortlessly neutralise free radicals. Boasting antioxidant assets, vitamin C forms part of your skin’s natural regeneration process and with the required dosage can help repair damaged skin.
To put this into perspective, our body requires regular consumption of antioxidant-rich foods to aid our bodies fights against topical free radicals. This is relative to our skins fight against free radicals within our skin’s cells too. In simpler terms, antioxidants are key for keeping our body and skin cells healthy.
Vitamin C reduces the effects of ageing
With a good serum applied on our skin, antioxidants help our skin fight off daily challenges such as UV damage & air pollution – seamlessly reducing the effects of premature ageing.
In order to keep our skin both plump and firm, our body needs regular production of naturally occurring protein fibres collagen and elastin. As vitamin C is highly acidic, and when applied topically on the skin, it basically triggers self-healing as it boosts the production of collagen and elastin. This conveyor belt of actions is another way vitamin C serum can slow down and prevent the premature signs of ageing skin.
Vitamin C reduces skin discolouration
Over time, many of us will experience the signs of skin discolouration, such as dark spots and hyperpigmentation which can be severely detrimental to our confidence.
Thankfully, vitamin C isn’t just limited to reducing the signs of ageing and contains another property which deters our skin’s melanin creation. With a regular topical routine, vitamin C can actually prevent dark spots from developing in the first place.
Adding vitamin C to your skincare routine
The key to adding vitamin C to your daily skincare routine is to ensure you have the right type of product. A serum is generally the go-to product as they really do work.
It’s worth noting that vitamin C is a very hard ingredient to work with and is very tricky to create in a way that doesn’t irritate our skin and can break down with exposure to air and light. We recommend using a product in an airtight and opaque package.
DermaQuest C Infusion Serum is well-known for its ability to combat most forms of skin concerns such as rough textures, fine lines, acne scars and dull skin. This acid-free exfoliation complex gently sheds dead skin cells and brightens the structure of your skin by promoting and protecting collagen and elastin proteins – all without causing irritation.
As we get older, most of us experience some form of ageing around our eyes, such as wrinkles and dullness. Much like its serum counterpart above, DermaQuest C Infusion Eye Cream hydrates, brightens, protects and energises our skin thanks to its antioxidant nature.
Another way to gain your vitamin C dose whilst nourishing your skin is by using a vitamin C face masks such as DermaQuest’s C Infusion TX Mask. This silky-smooth anti-ageing treatment is full of vitamin C goodness.