25. Diminishing Your Wrinkles With Vitamin C
Laugh lines are no laughing matter, and no one wants wrinkles. Unfortunately, they seem to be an inevitable consequence of adding more candles to our birthday cake. But what if that weren’t true? What if getting older doesn’t have to equal looking older? Say good-bye to fine lines and wrinkles, because we have another option today. Harness the power of vitamin C to help fight back against wrinkles and signs of aging.
We Hate Aging!
For centuries, both men and women alike have gone to great lengths, often spending exorbitant amounts of time and money, in an effort to combat the effects of aging. It’s been said that Queen Cleopatra took extensive measures to maintain her beauty with milk and honey baths, rose water facials, and henna hair dye.
How Topical Vitamin C Can Help Get Rid of Wrinkles for the Long Haul
Reverses Sun Damage
The long-term effects of too much sun can often mean dry, loose, and sometimes sagging skin. Unfortunately, we’re usually well into mid-life before we realize how much damage the sun has done to our skin. Fortunately, vitamin C is an antioxidant and as such, it has the power to reverse sun damage.
L-ascorbic acid, the active form of vitamin C, penetrates below the skin’s surface to reach the deep layers of tissue where it works to heal cells previously damaged by the sun. Essentially, it heals your skin from the inside out.
Protects from Sun Damage
Not only does vitamin C reverse the damage already done to your skin from overexposure to the sun, but it can also protect you from future sun damage. Applying a product containing the antioxidant-rich vitamin can actually block the negative effects of both UVA and UVB rays. This is really important since those rays are notorious for contributing to premature signs of aging as well as more serious consequences such as skin cancer.
While not considered a sunscreen on its own, vitamin C is often included as an ingredient in such products. Daily use is extremely important and can be effective in protecting your skin from future damage. Applying in the morning under your usual sunscreen will give you all-day UV-fighting power.
Stimulates Collagen Production
Collagen seems to be a buzz word in anti-aging conversations these days. Collagen is that fabulous protein that keeps our skin supple and firm. However, we also know that collagen production naturally decreases as we age. Many have turned to ingesting collagen (not so tasty) as a supplement in an effort to stave off the signs of aging.
We consider vitamin C to be an even better option. Taken internally or applied topically, vitamin C actually stimulates the production of collagen from within the cells. When your body is producing ample amounts of collagen, the skin will appear tighter, firmer, and more supple. Fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished.
Fights Free Radicals
First, what are free radicals anyway? Free radicals are unstable molecules that can and will cause damage to the cells in your body as they seek any cell to attach to “balance” themselves. They’ve been linked to various diseases including cancer. They damage our collagen and elastin production resulting in loose, sagging skin and wrinkles. Even worse, free radicals are everywhere. Between environmental pollutants, medications and poor diet choices, they’re virtually impossible to avoid.
But the antioxidant properties of vitamin C work to neutralize free radicals and even counteract their damage. But how? If you’ve ever poured lemon juice on an apple to slow the browning process, then you’ve seen antioxidants at work. And that is very similar to what happens inside your body as the antioxidants seek out those “unbalanced” radical cells and stop them in their tracks.
It Can Work for You
Topical vitamin C has been proven time and time again to pack a powerful age-defying punch. Whether by reversing sun damage, protecting from future sun damage, stimulating collagen production or fighting free radicals, vitamin C does it all.
These products are used topically but work deep within the cells to heal and repair damaged skin from the inside out, giving you the power to finally diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
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