Awestruck by the glow-boosting benefit of vitamin C serum for your skin? That is just one of the tons of advantages this skincare wonder has to offer (especially for aging skin)!
Growing up, I was always fascinated by home remedies my go-to for beautiful and glowing skin. In the process, I tried and tested many DIY masks browsing the kitchen shelves- my favourites being- lemon and honey. But let’s face it- they are not as effective plus there is no guarantee of safety (pure vitamin C can be very irritating if used as such), too.
Today also, I look for skincare products with a hint of ‘lemon’ to look my best, and what better than using a Vitamin C serum for face. They are the most potent potions for some of the most common skin-care concerns, like dull skin, fine lines, uneven skin texture and so on.
‘Studies suggest that the topical use increase the vitamin C levels by up to 20-40 times compared to oral use.’
Forget radiant skin, Vitamin C's best-kept secret is its ability to deliver the best results for prematurely aging skin. This power-packed vitamin never fails to amaze with its awe-some benefits in anti aging skin care, want to know how? Read…
Before we proceed, a little heads-up about skin aging-
understanding the Extrinsic and Intrinsic factors responsible for aging...
Extrinsic aging happens as a result of environmental factors like ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun (photoaging, hyperpigmentation, age spots, dull skin), urban pollution, alcohol intake, etc. Whereas, chronological or intrinsic aging is a natural process which starts in mid-20s, and is defined as having fine wrinkles, and dry or pale skin as a result of the normal aging process, over time.
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Now that you get the gist of how skin aging works... Let’s get to the point-
How topical vitamin C works on the signs of aging skin?
Acts as an antioxidant...
Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant which neutralize the free radical damage or oxidative stress on the skin. Let me put it this way- Vitamin C stops or wards off the harmful effects of environmental stress (pollution-induced damage/urban pollution) and sun damage to the skin cells. This is the nip in the bud for premature skin aging and slows down the noticeable signs of biological skin aging. Vitamin C is a helping hand to look fresher and younger.
‘Proven hallmarks of oxidative stress-induced skin aging are- wrinkle formation, decreased resilience, looseness (skin laxity), pigmentation changes and dehydration of the skin (dry skin).’
As a collagen booster…
Collagen protein is a natural filler present in the skin and prevents sagging skin. Aging negatively affects collagen production in the skin.
Vitamin C promotes healing. Thus, it can buoy up new collagen to grow, maintain the collagen you do have and protect this cherished protein from damage. Result- Lifting and plumping effect on the wrinkles and crevices on the skin.
Takes care of aging and matured skin…
As mentioned earlier, vitamin C has a well-established antiaging and anti-wrinkling activity (thanks to its collagen-boosting ability!)
Collagen peaks when you are young, which gives the skin firmness and even appearance. As we age, the elastin and collagen fibres regress, leading to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines; loss of volume and contour lines.
Vitamin c serum benefits to protect, revitalise and rejuvenate the skin from untimely wrinkles and the aging process.
‘6-month use of vitamin C serum helps to promote skin thickness.’
Improves photodamaged skin…
Exposure to UVA aka ‘Aging rays’ and UVB rays aka ‘Burning rays’ results in photodamaged or solar-damaged skin. The skin’s built-in antioxidant protection is at stake during this UV assault.
Vitamin C works to perk up fine wrinkling, rough skin, skin creases and folds, skin laxity/tone, sallowness/yellowing, and overall skin improvement.
‘Daily use of 15% L-ascorbic acid serum is safe and protects from induced skin pigmentation/aging and reduces skin aging signs after 90 days.’
Inhibits melanin production in the skin…
Beauty is in shades of Melanin- but excess melanin production or hyperpigmentation results in dark patches, discolouration or spots on the skin.
Vitamin C serum inhibits melanin production by making the skin clear, and radiant and revealing a brighter skin complexion.
Best time to use vitamin C serum- AM or PM?
The use of vitamin C at the right time of the day is essential in making the best use of this extraordinary skin care ingredient. As dermatologists suggest, we can use vitamin C, both in the morning and night after thoroughly cleansing with a mild cleanser and toning. Follow with a broad spectrum sunscreen having SPF 50 to boost the skin’s protection from damage.
Not all vitamin C serums are created equal - the formulation, kind of bottle used (YES to dark, tinted bottles) and the concentration can make a lot of difference while introducing it into your skin care routine. ‘Ethyl ascorbic acid (L-ascorbic acid)’ is the one to look for, after all, it is the purest and most stable form of vitamin C for younger, brighter and fresher-looking skin. Next time, check the label.
Start with a low concentration of vitamin C (7%) which suits perfectly well for beginners as well as sensitive skin. You can also look for Hyaluronic acid known for its impeccable moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, anti-aging and collagen reviving features. See how your skin behaves and move ahead with high concentration such as 15% concentration for a breakthrough in your skin's appearance with continued use.
To wrap things up...
Skin is at its happiest when it thrives! What better than to use the ultimate Brightening and Anti-Aging Vitamin C serum which works to protect against free radical damage, for more even-toned skin, and promotes collagen production to prevent saggy skin and wrinkles with time. Think before you choose as there are many serums available, knowing which ingredient or product works for you (your skin types and concerns) can be a healthy skin-vestment for smooth and silky skin. After all ‘Aging is inevitable truth, looking your age is not!’
Q. Is vitamin c serum good for the skin every day?
Ans. Yes, you can apply vitamin C serum twice (AM/PM) every day to improve signs of visible aging and boost skin health.
Q. What to apply after vitamin C serum?
Ans. For effective results - start the routine with cleansing the skin, toning, and then put on vitamin C serum. Follow with a light-weight moisturizer and an eye cream to get the most out of your anti aging routine. For maximum sun protection, always use a sunscreen, even on cloudy days.
Q. At what age you should start using the vitamin C serum?
Ans. Introducing an antioxidant in your 20s can boost skin health. What better than starting with vitamin C serum to ace your anti aging skin care routine!
Q. Can I apply vitamin C on dry or wet skin?
Ans. You can apply vitamin C on clean and dry skin after washing with a mild skin cleanser.
Q. What are age spots? Which is the best vitamin for age spots on the skin?
Ans. Age spots or sun spots occur due to overexposure of UV or sun rays with time which speeds up the production of melanin in the skin, making it dark over time. Vitamin C is considered an effective depigmenting agent to target melanin on the skin, making it brighter and glowing.