09 Aug Does your skin need a dose of Vitamin C?
There is a lot of hype right now around including vitamin C serums, powders and products into your skincare routine. So why is it so popular? Does it live up to the hype? And is a product infused with active levels of vitamin C essential for you to include in your overall treatment plan? Let’s take a closer look.
How does vitamin C skincare work?
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a powerful natural antioxidant that supports skin metabolization – helping to reverse damage caused by lifestyle factors such as sun exposure, as well as boost collagen, leaving you with a younger looking, firmer complexion.
What are the benefits of vitamin C skincare?
Vitamin C benefits the skin in three key ways:
1. It slows melanin production: Vitamin C can reduce skin damage on a cellular level, preventing dark spots and pigmentation brought on by UV exposure, and pregnancy and hormonal changes, such as taking birth control pills. It can also work to slow the development of skin cancer and create a more even skin tone.
2. It reduces the signs of ageing: Vitamin C encourages collagen development, which can slow down and even reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It also brightens and revitalises, resulting in skin that looks and feels fresh, young and firm.
3. It hydrates and heals: Vitamin C is great for people prone to dry and flaking skin as it delivers a high concentration of moisture and hydration. At the same time, it also promotes skin healing – relieving redness, itchiness and burning.
Who is vitamin C skincare good for?
Vitamin C benefits nearly all ages and skin types when incorporated into an overall treatment plan, but is particularly good for people who are looking to prevent ageing or who have specific skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation. It’s not ideal for people with rosacea or sensitive skin as it can cause irritation.
What to look for when buying serums and products with Vitamin C:
When shopping for vitamin C skincare, make sure you look for a pH level of 3.5 or less. The acidity helps the product absorb in the skin, but if the pH is too high, it will irritate your skin. Vitamin C products should also have the right concentration of the active ingredient – ideally no more than 20% concentration is recommended.
It’s important that your skin is assessed to ensure that any product you purchase will support your overall treatment plan and play its role in achieving your aesthetic goals. To find out more about what skincare to use, and how to balance these with the right treatments, book a consult with our experienced team today.