First off, what exactly is vitamin C?
Vitamin C is one of the most exciting, research-proven ingredients you can apply to your skin in order to boost your skin health. This water-soluble antioxidant is a natural component of healthy and glowing skin. When we’re young, Vitamin C levels in skin’s outermost two layers (epidermis and dermis) are abundant, but as we get older, these levels naturally deplete. Unprotected sun exposure and pollution can accelerate this decline, leading to skin looking and feeling dull, uneven and less firm. Vitamin C’s benefits for skin are huge including its ability to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines or even out skin tone.
Read on to learn why you should add Vitamin C products to your daily routine.
1. Fights fine lines and wrinkles
When it comes to fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of your skin’s age, Vitamin C cannot reverse the appearance of wrinkles that develop naturally over time. However, vitamin C can help reduce premature ageing by reducing premature processes by stimulating the growth of collagen.
2. Improves elasticity
Vitamin C encourages collagen production. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin, giving us that plump, youthful look. Since it is natural for our skin to make less collagen as we age, applying a Vitamin C serum may boost collagen production, resulting in an overall tightening and firming effect.
3. Revitalised sun-damaged skin
Skin sun exposure can lead to sun damage and it is caused by molecules that are missing an electron, called free radicals. Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants which protect healthy skin cells by “giving” these free radicals an electron, rendering them harmless and preventing flakiness, discoloured sunspots, rosacea and rough areas.
4. Eases hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation describes dark patches of skin, caused when the body produces too much pigment that gives the skin its colour – melanin. Vitamin C prevents hyperpigmentation, as it stops the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme that contributes to the production of melanin.
5. Reduces inflammation
An underlying immune response, allergic reaction or infection can show signs of redness or a rash on our skin. Vitamin C fights against redness, as it helps mend the damaged capillaries that cause this discoloration and strengthen them for the future. This vitamin can be effective in relieving signs caused by inflammation such as acne, dermatitis or psoriasis.
6. Brightens the skin
Dull, tired-looking skin can result from a number of factors, from sun exposure to hormones to medical conditions. Vitamin C can help fade pigmentation and smooth the skin’s surface to reduce dullness. This gives skin a youthful look.
How to introduce Vitamin C to your daily routine?
While this antioxidant is in many of our everyday foods, you have to apply it topically for your skin to enjoy its full effects. The good news is, whether your skin is sensitive, oily or dry, Vitamin C usually can be used on all skin types. Vitamin C is best implemented into your routine with a serum as this allows the best form of vitamin to remain stable and more effective. Try one of the best Vitamin C serum – Kalahari Ferulic CEB+ Serum available on our Esse&Co website. A concentrated, superoxide serum. This serum is a high-potency phytochemical antioxidant that boosts the effect of other antioxidants such as Vitamin E and B.
To boost the power of Vitamin C on your skin, book Kalahari’s Vitamin C Skin Treatment. This facial is an effective de-ageing treatment that will visibly tighten, supplement the skin with essential antioxidants, improve collagen and elastin regeneration and improve dermal density. The epidermis will appear ultra rejuvenated, brighter and refined. This treatment is suitable for all skin conditions and an excellent treatment to boost a dull looking skin.
Available to book in our Beauty Salon in London.