Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for our body. It has many known benefits such as stress reduction, relief from cold and flu, and a general health booster. However, it’s also highly important for the skincare industry because it can do wonders for our skin.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant. Our skin is highly sensitive to different things happening around us. For example, things like UV rays and pollution create reactive oxygen species in the skin which can seriously damage your cells. The damage is done to the DNA of the cells which leads to the aging of the skin and even skin Cancer.
Vitamin C acts as a counter to these reactive oxygen species and protects your skin cells. Therefore, having a daily intake of vitamin C can effectively help reduce the risks of developing skin cancer. That’s why a lot of ‘protective’ skincare products have vitamin C as their main ingredient. The antioxidants in Vitamin C also help create the anti-aging effect people want for their skin. Since it helps fight against reactive oxygen species, vitamin C is a great anti-aging agent.
However, the fight against Reactive oxygen species (ROS) doesn’t end here. Vitamin C does a lot more for our skin that prevents a lot of harm ROS can cause to the skin. As a natural antioxidant, it prevents ROS from breaking down collagen and elastin which are essential in keeping our skin firm. Vitamin C also boosts production of collagen as it stimulates fibroblasts which are cells responsible for producing collagen.
Since vitamin C is so important for our skin, our diet becomes critical in maintaining optimal skin health. According to a study, increased vitamin C intake was associated with less wrinkled skin, which reinforces the point made earlier about the anti-aging benefits of the nutrient. Ingestible vitamin C is better than other versions because it can deeper layers of the skin. Therefore, it’s essential that you incorporate vitamin C-rich fruits in your diet such as strawberries to boost skin health.
One form of vitamin C is Ascorbic Acid. It’s perhaps the most researched one out of all the different forms of vitamin C with regards to skincare and that’s because it brings a lot of benefits. Ascorbic acid helps create younger-looking, firmer-feeling skin and even helps in making uneven skin tone spots disappear. There’s more to it as well as it can help remove dark marks and dissolve discolored skin cells. Overall, it helps in brightening your skin and prevents it from developing dark spots again.
A Word of caution
Although there are a lot of benefits of vitamin C, it’s highly unstable too if you’re using products that have the vitamin in them. Exposure to air and sunlight for longer periods renders the vitamin useless. Therefore, it’s always recommended to store any skin-related product in a cool and dry place.
How many times should I use vitamin C products per day?
Apart from natural sources like fruits or veggies, a lot of people understandably invest in different skin care products. Of course, it’s a huge industry and there are a lot of products out there. However, a lot of them are similar to each other and the general guidelines apply to most of them.
In order to reap the most benefits out of these products, you should limit usage to once a day or every other day. The most amount you can use it is once per day, it depends on your goal. If your primary goal is to brighten the skin, only then you should use your product once a day. If you’re just going for the antioxidant effect to fight the ROS, you don’t need to have it every day.
Vitamin C’s antioxidant effect lasts for up to 72 hours which means that you can use the product once every other day instead of every single day. The last thing to look out for is the potential for irritation. Our skin is highly sensitive, so experiment with the product to see what type of frequency causes the least amount of irritation (if it does in the first place). Gradually increase frequency if you really need to as the skin builds tolerance.