61. 8 Features of Regimen Foundation
Americans spent more than $39 billion on skincare products in 2020 according to a recent article published by Globe News Wire. There’s no need to waste your hard-earned money in your search for the perfect regimen for skin care. The outstanding benefits of topical vitamin C along with its inexpensive price tag make it a top contender for your skincare needs. Here’s a partial list of topical vitamin C perks.
1. Binds Free Radicals
Antioxidants consumed through our diet work inside our bodies to bind free radicals, the “rogue” cells that can cause illness or disease if left unchecked. L-ascorbic acid, the most easily absorbed topical form of vitamin C works the same way in our epidermal, dermal, and subcutaneous skin layers. The antioxidant goes to work to bind free radicals that would otherwise deteriorate or destroy our skin cells, causing visible signs of aging.
Vitamin C in any form is an essential antioxidant, not produced or stored by the body. We must obtain it from outside sources. For internal purposes, this can be achieved rather easily through a healthy diet that includes citrus fruits and vegetables. For our skin, we need to consistently use proven products that will deliver vitamin C into our dermal layers to create a reservoir of the antioxidant to keep our skin healthy and beautiful.
2. Corrects Hyperpigmentation
Years spent enjoying the sun can come back to haunt you years later when sun spots or age spots begin to appear on your skin. These spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, can show up anywhere but usually appear on your face, neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Although they are typically harmless and may not require attention from a medical professional, sun spots can still be bothersome. (If they become crusty, dark and irregular in shape, get to a dermatologist!)
Topical vitamin C to the rescue. When combined with lactic acid and applied consistently, the antioxidant works to suppress tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for melanin production. Melanin determines our pigmentation, and when tyrosinase is suppressed, less melanin is produced. This results in the “fading” of sun spots and a more even skin tone.
3. Stimulates Collagen Production
Collagen is that all-important protein that gives our skin its firm appearance and forms all of the connective tissues that hold our bodies together. Topical vitamin C is aids in collagen production and when applied consistently, it stimulates our bodies to produce more collagen. This is great news since our bodies naturally slow down collagen production as we age.
4. Reduces Redness and Inflammation
Redness and skin inflammation can be caused by various circumstances including eczema, rosacea, overexposure to the sun, air pollutants and other factors. Topical vitamin C is anti-inflammatory. If you suffer from redness or skin irritation for any reason, topical vitamin C may be the answer.
5. Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Who doesn’t want a firm, youthful-looking face? Topical vitamin C penetrates the skin’s layers to stimulate the production of collagen, making your skin appear firmer and fuller. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished and a more youthful appearance returns.
When used consistently with retinol (vitamin A,) topical vitamin C increases skin cell turnover rate and can bring new skin to the surface sooner to produce a healthier and more youthful appearance.
6. Topical Vitamin C Is Photoprotective
As an antioxidant, topical vitamin C penetrates into the dermal layers to protect the skin from damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. This is especially beneficial since most sunscreens do a poor job of protecting against UVA damage. Even better, because L-ascorbic acid is absorbed into the skin, it can’t wash off like sunscreen.
7. Reduces Under-Eye Circles
The healing powers of vitamin C can restore and rejuvenate damaged skin. When applied to the delicate eye area topically, as L-ascorbic acid in a gentle cream with hyaluronic acid, not only will fine lines and wrinkles be diminished, but as new skin is formed, it will be thicker and healthier, diminishing dark under-eye circles.
8. Accelerates Healing
Because vitamin C stimulates collagen production and the faster turnover of new cells, skin wounds heal faster when treated with products containing L-ascorbic acid. That could mean faster healing of acne, acne scars or other skin imperfections, leaving you with a healthier, clearer complexion.
Insist on products for skin care that work together as a system, in sequence, to give your skin the absolute best nutrition possible. When used in order, each step should prepare the skin to receive the next. And when used consistently, a reservoir of vitamin C is built up in the dermal layer to produce long-lasting reparative and rejuvenating results.
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