Vitamin c is an antioxidant critical in maintaining healthy skin. It has the ability to reverse and slow the rate of free radical damage to the skin. Free radicals are unstable molecules found in your body and environment that contribute in causing fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, cancer, and more. Research has shown vitamin c not only neutralizes these free radicals but also reverses DNA damage. The potent antioxidant can reduce the effects of sunburn by decreasing the number of sunburned cells that can cause discolorations/sun spots and aid in preventing the consequences of long-term sun expose that can lead to skin cancer (although it cannot replace your sunscreen).
As we age, collagen, a protein that gives your skin elasticity, breaks down in our bodies and wrinkles form. Vitamin c fights wrinkle formation by stimulating collagen production.
To specifically target damage and signs of aging, vitamin c is most effective when applied topically to the skin, rather than orally. Look for skincare products with ingredients ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid to ensure it penetrates the skins layers. Lastly, packaging of the product is also important. Light and air can break down vitamin c and cause it to become unstable and ineffective. Make sure your product is in an opaque and airtight container.
Try IMAGE Skincare’s Vital C line, packaged with vitamin c and other potent antioxidants.
Tara Robertson, RN
Skin Care Specialist at Alazzo Med Spa, LLC