We’re all aware of the importance of vitamin C in our diets for our health and for a strong immune system but how much have you really considered its importance in your beauty regime?
Well, it turns out you really should. It’s one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet and it’s far from a new fad, considering its skincare benefits have been researched since the 1930’s. Although they’ve been known about for a long time, they’re definitely coming to the forefront lately. This may be because we’re more aware of our environment and its damaging effects on our skin (like radiation, smoke and cancer-causing free radicals). Vitamin C can counteract these by boosting collagen and slowing down the ageing process. It also helps keep skin tone even to give a more youthful look.
Vitamin C is an essential in your skincare routine because not only is it a powerful (and natural) antioxidant, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties. This means it can reduce the effects of acne and irritation, as well as reducing redness. It’s also a depigmenting agent and is important for the creation of collagen, leading to a more youthful glow.
Another great thing about this important vitamin is that it suits all skin types and ages. It can prevent skin deterioration and also repairs damage once it’s done. Like with most things, prevention is better than cure though so to add vitamin C into your beauty routine when you’re young is the best way forward. That way, it keeps your skin looking young and protects against sun damage (and its ageing qualities). It also keeps skin looking dewy and bright!
So how do you choose the right product? Obviously a fruity, orange scent might lead to you to thinking it’s got those boosting vitamin C properties but don’t be fooled. In order to actually make sure you’re getting the most of those powerful antioxidants, look for a potency of 10-20%. This will make sure you see results super quickly and get the most out of your products. However, a potency of 3-10% will still be effective. But remember that maximum skin absorption happens at 20%, so increasing it any higher than that won’t improve it’s effectiveness (but will probably pump the price up).