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Why is Vitamin C Great For Your Skin

May 18, 2020

Vitamin C Loves Your Skin!

It’s no secret—we all know Vitamin C is good for us. Thousands of studies have shown that by eating Vitamin C rich food like oranges, broccoli, and papayas every week,  aids the immune system, helps with the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues, assists in the formation of collagen and absorption of iron, and can even protect us against cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, and eye disease. Simply put, Vitamin C is the bee’s knees.

But did you know Vitamin C is also essential to maintaining healthy, youthful skin? Vitamin C is considered one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market today, and is known to create a smooth and even complexion, as well as prevent and treat UV induced photodamage. While foods like red peppers and sweet potatoes are great sources of Vitamin C for your entire body, simply eating a healthy diet that incorporates Vitamin C isn’t enough to reap the benefits of this powerful antioxidant when it comes to your skin. That’s why it’s important to find topical products that penetrate deep into your skin, allowing Vitamin-C to work its magic at full capacity.

Let’s take a look at the key benefits of Vitamin C when it comes to maintaining a healthy complexion as well as preventing and repairing damage to your skin.

Vitamin C Helps with Skin Hydration

Staying hydrated is vital for a healthy body and for a healthy epidermis. While drinking plenty of water has a myriad of positive effects on your skin, using skincare products with magnesium ascorbyl phosphate can actually maintain skin hydration as well. Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is a form of Vitamin C that is a stable and effective antioxidant for your skin that not only combats free radicals but also can increase your skin’s hydration levels. By decreasing transepidermal water loss, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate allows your skin to retain moisture, leading to healthier, more even skin. 

Vitamin C Protects You From the Sun

It’s late May. The sun is out and sunburn season is just around the corner. It’s time to invest in products that can protect your from the harmful affects the sun can exact on your precious epidermis. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that naturally combats oxidative stress caused by environmental aggressors, like UV rays. Several studies have concluded that using a topical Vitamin C prior to your sunscreen can protect the skin from photo-damage and DNA damage, protecting your skin from rapid aging and the development of fine lines and wrinkles. So slather on that “C” and have yourself a pitcher of fresh squeezed summertime lemonade.

Vitamin C Alleviates Dark Circles

Fatigue, exhaustion, allergies, dehydration, your 4th grader’s science project, Quarantine ‘20—all of these are major factors that create those unsightly dark circles under your eyes. But when used topically in conjunction with your diet, Vitamin C can help eradicate raccoon eyes by constricting those tiny blood vessels in your skin and limiting the deposition of pigment, resulting in a less “bandit-like” appearance. 

Vitamin C Helps Hyperpigmentation

Uneven skin tone, much like an uneven dining table, can be frustrating to deal with. Hyperpigmentation is the direct result of the overproduction of melanin in the skin, which leads to sunspotsage spotsmelasma, and acne related hyperpigmentation. However, using skincare products with Vitamin C helps with that process by lightening dark spots, resulting in a more even-toned complexion that will make you feel your best. Unfortunately, Vitamin C does not help with uneven dining tables—that job is reserved for sugar packets. 

Vitamin C Is Necessary For Collagen Production

Collagen production is essential when it comes to maintaining healthy and well-balanced skin—and Vitamin C is an essential component in your skin’s ability to naturally produce this highly beneficial protein. Vitamin C is the x-factor when it comes to collagen synthesis because of how it interacts with two key enzymes vital to the process—prolyl hydroxylase and lysyl hydroxylase. By enhancing collagen synthesis, Vitamin C is a powerful anti-aging component essential to any skincare regimen.

So, drink water, hydrate your skin, and get yourself some Vitamin-C skincare products that will help protect you from the sun, dark circles, hyperpigmentation, science projects, and uneven dining tables. * 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Vitamin C is not intended to create A+ science projects or make your dining experience more enjoyable.

Savy Guthrie has been a PA working in dermatology for 17 years and has worked in medicine for 20 years overall.  She has treated tens of thousands of patients, helping them achieve healthy, beautiful skin. 

Savy Guthrie is a dermatology PA with 17 years of patient care experience and is the founder of Theoderma Skin Care.

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