Dr. Gross has declared it as one of his all-time favorite ingredients, in fact, he worships its. And, there’s many reasons why. Wait, so why is vitamin C so good for your skin? Well, it’s an ingredient that’s been well researched with consistently incredible results.
It is the only ingredient that is an antioxidant, that stimulates collagen, and also improves discoloration yet it also turns your skin from dull to bright, restoring radiance. And, there’s no stopping vitamin C. This potent ingredient is universally agreed to be a very good thing for all skin types, colors and concerns plus it benefits all ages.
- Vitamin C Boosts Collagen
What most people don’t realize—the reason it’s so critical in skincare products is vitamin C is naturally found, in high levels, in both the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer) and in the dermis (the skin’s deeper layer, which is where the skin-firming proteins collagen and elastin are found). Vitamin C is critical to the production of collagen, which is what gives our skin its youthful firmness, structure, and elasticity.
Vitamin C is water soluble, which means your body doesn’t store or accumulate it. Once depleted (via elements like sun exposure), your skin needs its vitamin C levels to be replenished. It helps keep skin strong and firm. Along with minimizing the appearance of fine lines, vitamin C also helps the surface of your skin appear smoother and firmer by activating cells called fibroblasts that make new collagen.
- Vitamin C Defends Your Glow
Eating foods high in vitamin C—like strawberries, kale, and broccoli—can keep your skin glowing, however we typically don’t eat enough of these foods to feed both the body and the skin everything required. That’s where topical products with vitamin C come in. When applied topically, vitamin C goes to work exactly where it’s needed the most—directly into the skin, with antioxidants as antiaging arsenal.
As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps slow (and in some cases, stop) the rate of free-radical damage to the body and to the skin. Free radicals are unstable molecules—triggered by exposure to environmental concerns (such as free radicals or pollution), as well as smoking (including exposure to secondhand smoke)—that can cause premature aging and damage to our DNA that can lead to diseases like cancer.
- Vitamin C Allows Repairs All
This all-star ingredient helps to prevent skin deterioration in the first place, and assists in the repair of damage once it’s already done. The L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C has also been shown to interrupt the overproduction of pigment, called melanin; over time that can help lighten brown spots, what’s known as hyperpigmentation and also even out discoloration. Need more conviction? It also has anti-inflammatory properties to calm your skin down.
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