Until recently, I haven’t really understood what all the fuss was about vitamin C. I mean, of course I know that taking vitamin C capsules were good for one’s immunity and keeping flu away, but a vitamin C facial serum? That was something I knew nothing about.
Apparently, this vitamin is all the rage in facial serums today. And rightly so. Vitamin C is so much more than a preventive vitamin for the sniffles. With the right dosage and packaging, vitamin C will help your skin look and feel younger than ever before.
Perhaps one of the more important functions of vitamin C for the face is that it is a proponent of collagen synthesis. Collagen, as we all know, is responsible for skin elasticity and texture. Good collagen production means rapid cell growth, which translates to fresher, more supple skin.
Unfortunately, our collagen production like our metabolism, slows down when we grow older. This is why older people are more likely to have sagging skin and wrinkles. Mature women who do not have this type of skin are most likely using facial serums that have vitamin C and E in concentrated formulas.
In order to be effective, there should be around 20% of vitamin C concentrate in the facial serum. You will probably find a lot of facial serums with 10% vitamin C in them, but these do not really absorb into the skin as much, thus making the results less noticeable or effective. Look for serums that not only have the appropriate dosage f vitamin C, but are also encased in capsules or packaging that ensure its protection from the elements (lights, temperature, etc.). Remember, vitamin C that has been oxidized can be quite toxic to the skin, and therefore the person using it.
Vitamin C is also known to inhibit melanin production and protect the skin against the harsh rays of the sun. In the past years, people were only concerned of the UVB rays which caused sunburn. However, studies have shown that while UVA rays do not cause sunburn, they also contribute to the higher likelihood of skin cancer. Sun worshippers need to not only use their vitamin C to help protect them from this, but also use a good sunscreen to minimize any damage that can be caused by frequent exposure to the sun.
If you are often out, use a sunscreen with SPF 30 and apply it often if you sweat a lot. SPF will protect you from the UVB rays, but not from the UVA rays. Check the ingredients at the back of the label for zinc oxide. This ingredient protects against UVA rays and is good for sensitive skin.
It is easy to use vitamin C face serums. After washing your face with a gentle cleanser, put a small amount of this serum and massage it onto your face for a few seconds. Let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes to ensure that it is fully absorbed by the skin. Apply sunscreen and make-up and you’re good to go.