VITAMIN C FOR YOUR SKIN’S HEALTH
Since our childhood, we have been taught the benefits of Vitamin C for our health; how it boosts immunity, has healing properties, and keeps the skin flawless. As we grow older, just including Vitamin C in our diet is not enough to keep that glow going on. Rather, topical application of the same plays a much more important role in giving your skin the vitals it requires. Loaded with antioxidants that help boost collagen and brightness, topical application of Vitamin C promotes healthy-looking skin by destroying free radicals and enhancing tissue repairment.
Let's dig into the benefits you can reap by adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine.
1. Slows down the signs of skin aging
Something inevitable is skin aging and although we cannot prevent it completely, we surely can slow it down. Topical application of Vitamin C consistently for 10-12 weeks can reduce fine lines, and wrinkling of the skin and enhance skin texture by increasing the production of collagen.
2. Protects against sun damage
One might not feel it but the UV rays from the sun are the number one reason for skin cell damage and aging over time. Vitamin C with its antioxidant properties helps in limiting the damage caused by the UV rays' free radicals. Applying Vitamin C before sunscreen is the best thing you can do to your skin for keeping it forever flawless.
3. Calms & heals skin inflammation
Our skin is fragile and can get inflamed for various reasons such as acne, sun damage, allergic reaction, medication, and so on. Being an anti-inflammatory, Vitamin C vastly helps in soothing the skin and treating redness and inflammation. Although, a patch test is highly recommended before applying any product to prevent any further damage.
4. Brightens & adds glow to the skin
Excess or increased production of melanin makes way for hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C treats dark patches and brightens skin by improving its overall texture. It also helps to enhance the skin's natural glow.
It is advisable to read the ingredient list before you invest in a Vitamin C product. The ideal percentage of Vitamin C in skincare for beginners should not be more than 5%. With consistent use, 10-20% of active Vitamin C content is advisable after a patch test or dermatologist recommendation.
In case you have acne-prone or oily skin, find a formulation that includes Salicylic Acid or Niacinamide along with Vitamin C. Topical use of Vitamin C can also cause a tingling sensation. In such cases, you can include your Vitamin C products in your routine every alternative day, but it's ideal for everyday use if the tingle is bearable. If you go through any massive discomfort or irritation, stop using the product immediately and consult your dermatologist.