1 November 2016
Vitamin C and Anti-Ageing: What You Need To Know
We all know Vitamin C can help fend off a cold or flu – perfect for this time of year – but this super vitamin is also a potent skincare ingredient! In the fight against wrinkles Vitamin C is a powerful weapon to have on your side, here’s what you need to know about the super nutrient.
The benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps to smooth and brighten your complexion. The active-ingredient is also a powerful anti-oxidant helping to protect skin from damage caused by free radicals, particles that breakdown collagen in the skin causing wrinkles and sagging.
Different types of Vitamin C
If you’re looking for a cream or serum that contains Vitamin C look out for ingredients like L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate ascorbyl palmitate (quite a mouthful but you shouldn’t miss it on the back of your product) and retinyl ascorbate.
The greatest amount of research supports the benefits of L-ascorbic acid, which is considered the most potent form of Vitamin C. L-ascorbic acid boosts the production of collagen, which is important we get older because the rate our body naturally creates the skin plumping protein slows, as well as smoothing and firming the skin.
When to apply Vitamin C products
For Vitamin C to be the most effective in protecting your skin against free radical damage it is recommended you apply your products first thing in the morning. It’s important to know when you’ll get them most out of the active ingredients in your skin care. Some ingredients, like Retinol, are best applied at night because UV rays will diminish their potency.
If you use a face wash or cleanser that contains Salicylic Acid you should also leave some time between the two products to avoid any skin irritation or redness.
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