We all know that Vitamin C is a great tool in fighting off colds, flu and helping boost the immune system but did you know that you can use this wonderful tool to help your skin?
But before you dash to your local supermarket to buy the biggest bunch of oranges you can find, unfortunately food alone will not increase your level of Vitamin C in your skin. However topical lotions and creams containing vitamin C have shown to have a good absorption rate. Topical application can deliver 20 times more Vitamin C to the skin than our bodies can obtain from food.
Vitamin C (also known as L-Ascorbic Acid) is an essential nutrient for all humans. In living organisms, it acts as an antioxidant against oxidative stress. It is needed to perform numerous functions in the body, including the synthesis of Collagen.
Collagen is a protein that aids cell growth and gives skin firmness and strength and also helps skin repair itself so for those that want to help their skin keep healthy and youthful looking the idea of boosting our collagen levels is a key factor.
As well as promoting the production of collagen, Vitamin C is a real multi-tasker! It has been found to:
Protect cells and supportive structure from UV damage
improve the appearance of sun damaged skin
strengthen the skins natural barrier
help enhance the results from peels and microdermabrasion
boost the efficiency of good sunscreens.
It has also been found that Vitamin C slows the rate of free radicle damage to the skin. Free radicals are molecules that are unstable and can damage collagen. Damaged collagen in the skin can cause dry skin and fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C neutralises free radicles and has been shown to even reverse DNA damage! More than 20 years ago a scholar of the Duke University found that L-ascorbic acid was able to reduce the UVB damage when applied to the backs of pigs. Since this revolutionary paper was published, furthermore research has been conducted and shown the positive effects vitamin C really has on the skin.
Here at Skinstation we love the powerful anti-oxidant action of Obagi Professional- C serum as it neutralises free radicals before they can cause damage to the skin’s epidermal cells. It penetrates to the epidermis and dermis, to protect skin cells and stimulate collagen production. Obagi Professional C Serums use advanced scientific formulas developed and tested by leading Vitamin C experts. It offers the maximum daily antioxidant protection and greater penetration than other Vitamin C products. The greater the penetration, the greater the antioxidant benefit to your skin.