Move over, orange juice! Vitamin C is essential for our bodies and our immune system, but it’s also fantastic applied topically to your skin in the correct form. It is an important nutrient and antioxidant required by humans for tissue repairs. Topically, it has a multitude of anti-aging benefits including skin brightening and protecting the skin against photodamage. Vitamin C can also even the skin tone, promote collagen production and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. That being said, it doesn’t replace your SPF! It is still imperative to use sunscreen everyday (especially during the sunnier months), but adding vitamin C to your morning routine can provide even more protection from the environment, free radicals and oxidative stressors!
Many serums and products now advertise that they contain Vitamin C- but they aren’t all equally effective! Vitamin C is a very unstable ingredient on its own and needs to be properly formulated and packaged in order to be topically active and effective. Vitamin C is very reactive and easily loses its antioxidant properties when exposed to heat, light, air, and certain chemicals. It’s vital to use the correct form of vitamin C, otherwise it will not effectively absorb into the skin and do its job! Hubbell Dermatology & Aesthetics carries and recommends multiple products that have the right concentration and formulation of vitamin C, including SkinBetter Science Alto Defense Serum and Skinceuticals C E Ferulic.
Vitamin C is a great addition to a high performance, professional-grade skincare routine and can really help protect the skin and enhance your results. It can reverse, repair and protect against the ravages of the environment. Combined with a properly personalized skincare regimen, you’ll be even more ready to face the world with confidence!