62. Healthy Skin The Natural Way With Topical Vitamin C
More people are making a return to doing things naturally. Many are choosing to grow their own gardens and eat fewer processed foods. Even more are learning the benefits of choosing skin care products derived from natural ingredients. In this article, we’ll explore the healthy skin benefits of using a skin toner as part of an entire skin care system that contains topical vitamin C, an antioxidant found in nature.
Why Choose Topical Vitamin C?
Discovered more than one hundred years ago, the antioxidant vitamin C is proven to be vital to your overall health. As an antioxidant, it works to neutralize free radicals that can damage otherwise healthy cells. Other benefits of vitamin C include supporting the function of your immune system, improving blood flow and heart health, as well as improving energy and adrenal health. Vitamin C also supports healthy aging supporting healthy joints and skin.
For all the benefits vitamin C can bring inside the body, topical vitamin C can do much for the outside of the body. L-ascorbic acid, the most readily absorbed form of the antioxidant, has been clinically proven to improve the health and vitality of your skin. It neutralizes free radicals and penetrates into the dermal layers to stimulate the production of collagen, which produces firmer younger-looking skin.
Choosing Healthy Ingredients for Your Skin
Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for ingredients on your skin to make it into your bloodstream? With so many chemical-laden products on the market, it’s more urgent than ever to be particular about which products you choose to use on your skin. Since it’s the largest organ of your body, it’s important to take care of your skin and to choose only those products that contain truly beneficial ingredients that cause little to no side effects. Topical vitamin C is an ingredient you should seek out in your skin care products, as the antioxidant benefits will keep your skin healthy and youthful. Look for a scientifically formulated skin care regimen whose key ingredient is L-ascorbic acid, the most readily absorbed form of vitamin C.
Skin Toner Ingredients and Benefits
Look for a skin toner that is alcohol-free, so you don’t need to worry about it over-drying your skin as some toners do. After the skin is cleansed, toner is applied to adjust the pH of your skin, bringing it to a neutral position ready to receive the benefits offered by the other products in a correct topical vitamin C skin care lineup. In addition to vitamin C, a good toner contains many other beneficial ingredients found in nature to produce results that will keep your skin supple and healthy.
After cleansing, for maximum benefits, it’s important to balance the skin pH. Toning also adds to the reservoir of protective vitamin C in the skin. Some of the natural ingredients to look for:
- L-ascorbic acid/vitamin C – stimulates collagen production, antioxidant, anti-aging
- Orange peel oil essential oil – increases the absorption of vitamin C, antibacterial, skin-cleansing, muscle relaxing
- Green tea leaf extract – antioxidant, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory, reduces free radical damage
- Algae extract – moisturizes and strengthens the skin’s surface immunity
- Willow bark extract – herbal astringent that tones and tightens skin
- Sodium PCA (from coconuts and other plants) – naturally draws moisture into the skin, increases hydration
- Botanical carrageenan (from seaweed) – moisturizes and prevents inflammation
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