As midsummer weeks are upon us and lockdown restrictions ease, many are flocking to the parks, rooftop bars and any other venues where you can revel in the sun-kissed atmosphere we’ve all been craving.
So what are the best products to bring into your skincare rotation for summer? Without a doubt, SPF should be on top of your list to help safeguard your skin against those harmful UV rays. But it’s not the only secret weapon against sun damage. Let us introduce you to the underdog of serums and a true powerhouse in its own right… vitamin C serum!!
You may have heard vitamin C helps keep those seasonal sniffles at bay but did you know it also doubles as one of skincare’s greatest players?
What is vitamin C serum?
If you’re looking for that extra radiance this summer, this popular serum may be your answer. Vitamin C is crucial for collagen synthesis, supporting a plump and supple complexion, and promoting skin luminosity. This supercharge antioxidant helps to deflect the effects of pollution, brightens up a dull complexion and erases sun spots while helping to supplement your skin’s own defences. The gold standard of ingredients, especially as the years go on.
Amazingly, vitamin C's collagen boosting and anti-inflammatory benefits aren’t reserved just for the summer months. Vitamin C’s skin-healing properties can be experienced all year round and is worthy of a permanent place in your beauty kit. Although, we recommend adding the serum to your daily routine when UV exposure is at its highest to give you the extra defence you need.
How does vitamin C serum work?
Thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties, vitamin C serum supports your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.
In the same way vitamin C and antioxidant-rich foods like raw guava, orange juice and red peppers assist your body in fighting off those troublesome free radicals, topical vitamin C serums do the same for your skin. Vitamin C serums act as a defence for daily aggressors like UV damage and exposure to environmental pollutants—the main culprits of oxidative stress in skin and premature ageing.
Vitamin C serum benefits
Some of the known benefits of vitamin C-rich skincare:
Prevents and repairs sun damage / strengthen the skin’s barrier
As one of the most potent antioxidants on the market, Vitamin C serums counterbalances the effects of sun exposure and air pollution—both protecting and repairing. Think of vitamin C as your sunscreen’s vital accomplice. Wherever your sunscreen goes, vitamin C follows.
Brightens and reduces pigmentation
This superior brightening agent works to fade discolouration like dark spots and pigmentation caused by melanin production. Melanin activity may be caused by sun exposure and pollutants, pregnancy, inflammation and certain medications. By slowing down melanin production and speeding up cell turnover, Vitamin C serum can improve a dull, uneven complexion.
Improves collagen production and premature ageing
You may be familiar with the popular skincare keyword: collagen. This naturally occurring protein fiber is responsible for keeping your skin firm, plump and youthful. As we age, this protein depletes among other attributes, like stress and environmental exposure. This may lead to loss of elasticity, volume loss, lines and wrinkles. Enter: Vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates fibroblast activity, which is crucial in collagen production to help maintain levels and prevent premature ageing of the skin.
Helps to combat inflammation
Vitamin C helps keep inflammation at bay making it ideal for sufferers of acne and/or rosacea. L-ascorbic acid – found in the Obagi Professional C Serum 15%
– can help constrict dilated blood vessels, reducing the inflammation that causes these common skin issues.
The best vitamin C serum
Designed to deliver the highest concentration of active ingredients and get maximum results, serums are the most common form of vitamin C delivery.
How do you choose the right serum for you?
If you’re ready to take the vitamin C plunge, you can go for a multi-ingredient serum that offers their own range of benefits or splurge on some pure vitamin C in a potency of up to 20 percent.
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