68. Vitamin C Helps Repair Damaged Skin
So you’ve spent too much time in the sun through the years, and the damage is becoming visible on your face, neck, and shoulders in the form of “age spots” or hyperpigmentation. Perhaps you have acne scars still lingering even though you left the teen years behind a long time ago. Whatever the cause of your skin damage, there is hope that topical vitamin C can make improvements and aid skin repair. Continue reading this article to learn more.
Stimulate Collagen Production for Skin Repair
L-ascorbic acid, or topical vitamin C, has been clinically proven to offer numerous benefits when applied to the skin on a regular basis. One of the most widely known benefits is the stimulation of collagen production. Since the rate of collagen production naturally decreases as we age, it’s important to use a skincare product that contains topical C to boost collagen so that we might reap the benefits of firmer, more youthful-looking skin as well as more rapid healing.
How does increased collagen production help to repair damaged skin? Since collagen is the amino acid that provides structure to the skin and basically works like a web to hold our connective tissue together (think skin, tendons, hair, etc.), it’s important to make sure the body has plenty of it. Collagen can’t be produced without ample amounts of vitamin C being present. Whether you have acne scars, wrinkles, or any other kind of scarring, plentiful collagen production means faster and more thorough healing.
Repair Skin by Correcting Hyperpigmentation
Did you realize that “sun spots”, or hyperpigmentation, are a form of skin damage? Many people don’t realize that these spots are signs of damage caused by years of unprotected exposure to the sun. They appear usually after years of exposure when the skin has produced excessive amounts of melanin, the pigment that determines the shade of our skin. These spots may be as small as a freckle or as large as a dime and may show up on your face, hands, chest, or shoulders. How can topical vitamin C help this situation? By applying a skincare product that contains L-ascorbic acid regularly for two to three months, you can expect to see a measurable lightening of these dark spots. Vitamin C absorbs deep into the dermal layers where it inhibits the production of the enzyme, tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is the enzyme responsible for melanin production, and less tyrosinase means less melanin produced which means less melanin to darken spots.
Fight Free Radicals for Skin Repair
We’ve all heard of free radicals, but what are they exactly? And why are they important? Free radicals are organic molecules found in our bodies and known for their contribution to aging and disease. Free radicals cause damage to your skin, usually in the visible form of faster aging, when they are successful in their attempt to steal an electron molecule from otherwise healthy skin cells. As an antioxidant, vitamin C works to fight off free radicals and the damage they cause to the body. L-ascorbic acid penetrates the dermal cell layers where it goes to work to fight free radicals that cause premature signs of aging as well as other diseases such as skin cancer. Using skincare products that contain vitamin C can not only repair current damage but can also prevent future damage.
Build a Reservoir of Topical Vitamin C for Future Protection
When you use a skincare regimen that utilizes vitamin C as a key ingredient, you can expect to reap the benefits of this vitamin in as little as 60-90 days. However, the benefits don’t stop after those first few months. In fact, if you continue to use vitamin C-containing products consistently, you’ll build up something known as the “reservoir effect” within your skin cells. This will essentially mean that the power to repair and protect will be stored in your skin cells to work around the clock to benefit your skin.
So look for products purposefully formulated and designed with the “reservoir effect” in mind, with topical C as the primary ingredient in all of the products. With only about five minutes in the morning and evening, you can build a healing reservoir that will work for you even while you sleep. The secret of skin repair is found in the healing properties of topical vitamin C. Whether you have acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or skin damage due to free radicals, topical C can help.
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