When we say ‘Vitamin C’ the first thing you probably think of is oranges, right? Well it’s true, they are infamously packed full of the antioxidant. But those juicy citrus fruits aren't the only thing you should associate it with; when it comes to the benefits of Vitamin C we think less of peeling and eating, and more of turning into serum and slathering on our skin.
That’s right, in the world of beauty and skincare Vitamin C is often heralded as the ultimate skin saviour. But what is it that makes Vitamin C so great and why should you be keen to incorporate it into your skincare regime?
First, let’s get to know a bit more about Vitamin C
Vitamin C is actually the most abundant antioxidant in human skin! But unlike plants humans are unable to synthesise Vitamin C (this is due to the absence of the enzyme L-glucono-gamma lactone oxidase). Although we can get Vitamin C from our diet not all of it is able to make it to our skin. So, this is where incorporating it into your skincare routine comes in!
What are the benefits of Vitamin C?
1. It’s a super powerful antioxidant
Environmental factors we encounter in our everyday lives can accelerate the damage to our skin through the generation of ‘oxidative stress’. Vitamin C helps to counteract this by neutralising the oxidative stress through the process of transferring electrons.
2. It can have an anti ageing effect on your skin
Vitamin C is able to effectively promote collagen production. Collagen is vital in strengthening skin, improving elasticity and hydration. Making skin look younger and plumper. Furthermore, a recent clinical study showed that daily application topical Vitamin C led to a significant increase in dermal papillae; the medium in skin that increases the exchange of oxygen and nutrients between skin layers.
3. Its anti inflammatory
4. It can help reduce the appearance of dark marks and hyperpigmentation
Vitamin C has a brightening effect on skin as it can impede melanin production. This means that it can help to reduce the appearance of dark marks and hyperpigmentation, evening skin tone.
5. Topical Vitamin C is suitable for even sensitive skin.
So there you go - while Vitamin C might look great in your fruit bowl in the form of oranges and lemons, it would also look great on your skin in the form of skincare products like our Squalane Oil!
Do you currently use Vitamin C in your skincare routine?