Vitamin C is far from average – when it comes to anti-aging properties, this vitamin gets an A+ in effectiveness. You may already be familiar with some of the powerhouse effects on the body; when ingested, it’s used to strengthen the immune system and stave off cold and flu symptoms. This water-soluble vitamin is produced naturally in the body and can be found in the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Our natural stores of the micronutrient decline over time due to a number of factors: the natural aging process, exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and exposure to environmental pollutants such as cigarette smoke and the ozone.
The most common concentrated form of Vitamin C is called ascorbic acid; this is the most well-known and studied form of the vitamin and can be found in a wide number of skincare products. For topical application, Vitamin C contains a few crucial features which make it a must-have ingredient in your skincare arsenal. Most importantly, it has antioxidant properties and it aids in collagen production. How does that lead to smoother, brighter looking skin? Keep reading to find out:
- Vitamin C is chock-full of antioxidants and acts as a shield against free radical damage from sun damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollutants. While the vitamin is not a substitute for sunscreen, it can reduce the redness, itching, and burning of sunburns more quickly, as well as limit sun damage to the skin by balancing out harmful free radicals. And while free radical damage causes skin to appear prematurely aged, counteractive antioxidants have an anti-aging effect.
- Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body, and is responsible for sustaining structure, firmness, and elasticity in the skin. As we age, our natural collagen production wanes, causing once firm skin to sag, sink, and develop wrinkles. Topical Vitamin C application provides a boost of collagen that can fill in wrinkles and fine lines, provide shape and definition to facial contours, and lead to firmer-feeling skin.
- Vitamin C aids in wound healing. Collagen is a vital protein for the wound healing process, because it helps promote new tissue growth. Applying Vitamin C to the skin will boost collagen growth and increase the speed at which small cuts and blemishes heal.
- Vitamin C evens tone and hydrates dry skin. Sun damage, pollutants, free radicals, and inflammation can all appear as dark spots or redness across the skin. Vitamin C smooths red and brown spots, as well as under eye circles, and its anti-inflammatory properties soothes skin redness, resulting in a brighter and more even skin tone. As an extra boost of freshness to dry skin, the vitamin hydrates and replaces moisture content for a rejuvenated look.
Skincare products infused with a concentrated form of Vitamin C – like ascorbic acid – are safe and gentle for routine use, because products are made with a naturally-occurring vitamin, instead of harsh chemicals. If you are in the market for Vitamin C, then Ageless Allure Medispa is the place to be. We are proud to offer a range of Jan Marini C-Esta products: a line of creams, lotions, and serums infused with Vitamin C concentration to invigorate and refresh dull and damaged skin. Drop into the spa for a Vitamin C’Esta Facial and inquire about the products available for purchase and home use. Call 863-292-2317 to schedule your next appointment.