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Let’s Talk Vitamin C: The Missing Ingredient to Your Skincare Routine
To use or not to use? That is the question – at least when it comes to Vitamin C. It’s one of those mysterious ingredients that always pops up when we talk about skincare, but just how vital is it to your daily skincare routine? From foods to serums to its overall benefits, let’s take a look at whether or not you should be incorporating Vitamin C into your everyday beauty routine.
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You’ve heard it before, and you’ll probably hear it again: Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins to incorporate into your daily routine. Why? In short, it’s one of the only vitamins that your body doesn’t produce or store on its own, yet happens to be an essential nutrient for numerous bodily functions1. Research shows that getting an adequate amount of Vitamin C can offer health benefits in a wide variety of areas, from helping with your body’s iron absorption, to reducing inflammation and promoting wound healing, to offering a variety of skincare benefits2 – some of which we will discuss in depth below.
Fact. Vitamin C gets a lot of love when we’re talking about oral supplementation to help maintain your overall health. After all, many Vitamin C food sources are easy to obtain, not to mention delicious: think oranges, strawberries, kiwi, and broccoli (…okay, maybe not the broccoli). Dietitians of Canada recommends an intake of 90mg of Vitamin C per day, which can easily be achieved by eating a handful of one of the aforementioned food sources on a daily basis3. As such, it appears to be quite easy for most people to get their daily dose of Vitamin C
However, in order to reap the full benefits of Vitamin C’s crucial skin-boosting effects, there’s an even more proactive approach you can take to getting it, other than just relying on the nutritional intake. Regular topical application of this super vitamin can do wonders for your skin! Most notably, it increases collagen production (which helps keep skin firm, flexible, and healthy!)4 and provides antioxidants that mitigate the effects of free radicals (basically, unstable atoms that can damage cells, cause illness and signs of aging) on aging skin – regardless of intrinsic or environmental factors5.
Before we talk about the solution to getting enough Vitamin C for your skin, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of why it’s important so we know exactly what we’re dealing with.
It’s no surprise that everyone ages, but overexposure to harmful UV rays and other environmental pollutants contribute heavily to premature skin aging and wrinkling by damaging collagen and triggering oxidative stress in the skin6. So, newsflash: unless you live in an underground cave (in which case we have a whole set of other problems), this affects you! Damaged skin can seem irreversible and even hopeless at times, but when applied topically, Vitamin C has shown to be extremely effective in aiding the body’s production of collagen and acts as a powerful antioxidant to help repair and rejuvenate aged and photodamaged skin6.
We could go on and on about the benefits of incorporating Vitamin C into your daily skincare routine, but to keep it short and sweet, here are our top three reasons why you should:
- More collagen, please – You are going to age whether you like it or not, and with aging, comes fine lines and wrinkles. Regular application of a Vitamin C infused serum-like our Anti-Aging and Anti-Redness Serum- works to promote collagen production, helping to delay the onset of those dreaded wrinkles, and improving your overall complexion7.
- Forever young – Well, maybe not forever, but daily use of a Vitamin C serum will definitely affect your skin’s overall youthfulness. As an antioxidant, Vitamin C works to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it – like the sun!8 While it’s not meant to replace your SPF, it certainly makes a difference when used in tandem with a good sunscreen.
- Au naturel – Vitamin C is gentle enough for every day use! What’s more, it acts as a natural moisturizer, making it safe and effective for every day use on all skin types.
The best way to get enough Vitamin C for your skin is in the form of a serum, as serums tend to offer the deepest penetration. Our Anti-Aging Trio combines both Vitamins C and E to promote collagen growth and neutralize the damage of free radicals9, and has been scientifically formulated by Dr. Rivers to work together as an integrated 3-step system for all skin types.
- Cleanse - Our gel and cream cleansers provide a deep clean to gently remove impurities in the skin and create a blank canvas for the Vitamin C serum.
- Serum – Our powerful anti-aging serum works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and restore your skin’s natural radiance by providing stabilized vitamins along with antioxidants for a long-lasting effect on your skin.
- Hydrate - Our moisturizers provide instant, deep rehydration for your skin to help repair your skin’s moisture barrier and provide protection against the elements.
This simple 3-step skincare routine is perfect for all your upcoming summer adventures (available in travel sized , too!), providing you with daily skin and sun protection regardless of your skin type!
- Mayo Clinic. Nutrition and healthy eating. Is it possible to take too much Vitamin C? Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/vitamin-c/faq-20058030
- Zelman, Kathleen M. WebMD. The Benefits of Vitamin C. Retrieved from: https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c
- Dieticians of Canada. Food Sources of Vitamin C. 2017. Retrieved from: https://www.dietitians.ca/your-health/nutrition-a-z/vitamins/food-sources-of-vitamin-c.aspx
- Farris, Patricia K. 2006 March 21. Topical Vitamin C: A Useful Agent for Treating Photoaging and other Dermatologic Conditions. Retrieved from: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31725
- Villines, Z. 2017 July 29. Medical News Today. Free radicals: How do they affect the body? Retrieved from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318652.php
- Goldfaden, Gary. May 2009. Life Extension Magazine. Retrieved from: http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2009/5/Revitalizing-Aging-Skin-with-Topical-Vitamin-C/Page-01?p=1
- Fitzpatrick, Richard E. 2008 September 24. Wiley Online Library. Double-Blind, Half-Face Study Comparing Topical Vitamin C and Vehicle for Rejuvenation of Photodamage. Retrieved from: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1046/j.1524-4725.2002.01129.x
- The Journal of Clincal and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2017. Topical Vitamin C and the Skin: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Applications. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5605218/
- Oregon State University. Vitamin C and Skin Health. Retrieved from: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C