How Vitamin C Serum Restores And Brightens Skin
Vitamin C is directly linked to beautiful vibrant skin. In a recent study run at Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute titled Vitamin C and Skin Health, scientists found vitamin C in both dietary and topical forms has been linked to improved appearance and skin health. The study reviewed areas like photoprotection (biochemical processes that help protect organisms from sun-damage), photodamage such as wrinkling, wound healing, and dry skin. Scientists also studied the most effective ways to deliver this remarkable nutrient to skin.
Why Your Skin Needs Vitamin C
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C aids in collagen synthesis and is found in high levels within the epidermis and dermis. Epidermis is the outer, protective layer of the skin where skin tone resides. It acts as a waterproof barrier preventing unwanted substances from entering the system. Dermis is directly underneath epidermis and contains connective tissue, sweat glands and hair follicles.
Collagen production gives the skin a more youthful, softer appearance. Vitamin C also reverses oxidation, a chemical reaction resulting from UV rays that can produce free radicals leading to cell damage.
For best results, the researchers at Oregon determined vitamin C should be a part of the diet as well as applied directly to affected skin areas. Vitamin C is found in all fruit and vegetables but is especially high in citrus fruits, pineapple, berries and brocolli. The best topical delivery of vitamin C occurs when applied in the form of serum.
How Vitamin C Serum Is Different
Facial serum is a lightweight fluid formulated to moisturize and give skin a fresh appearance.
Serum usually comes in a glass container with a dropper for application. You only need a few
drops directly on clean skin. Light tends to break down the formula, however, so the liquid must be stored in a dark glass bottle and preferably in a cupboard to preserve its benefits. Additionally, vitamin C serum should be worn underneath your daily or restorative moisturizer.
How Vitamin C Serum Works
Serum is more easily absorbed and has been proven to be the best delivery system for topical vitamin C. It stimulates collagen production, plumping the skin’s appearance. It also provides antioxidant protection preventing the formation of free radicals that age skin. Vitamin C brightens skin, giving it a youthful glow.
Look for L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA) as that is the type of vitamin C that works topically on skin. The serum boosts naturally occurring levels of the vitamin found in the skin keeping it youthful. The human body does not produce its own vitamin C like vitamin D from sunlight. Therefore, applying vitamin C serum to dull, scarred, fine-lined, rough-textured and acne-scarred skin will provide a noticeably brighter smoother complexion for people of all ages.
Scientists also found that the antioxidant properties in vitamin C serum work best when
combined with vitamin E, to further reduce UV damage while helping to nourish and protect skin from damage.
What Vitamin C Treats
Free-radicals can prematurely age skin. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals preventing oxidation and helping to protect from precancerous changes caused by exposure to UV rays.
Serums are easy to apply and work well in tandem with exfoliation to absorb into layers of the skin. They may be applied underneath moisturizers as part of a daily routine. The vitamin C also fades dark spots in the epidermis, restoring a more even appearance to skin.
How To Apply Vitamin C Serums
Vitamin C is safe to use as part of a daily beauty regime for both men and women. Further, it’s beneficial for restoring areas scarred by acne. Apply in the morning before going outside. For a daily routine, use cleanser and follow with a few drops of vitamin C serum spread gently over face. Treat sensitive areas around eyes gingerly. Don’t forget to pat neck and around ears if your hair is styled short. Follow serum with a good moisturizer to allow vitamin C to work at full strength and to protect against the aging effects of UV rays. Then apply makeup as usual.
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If you have more questions about vitamin C serums or skin rejuvenation procedures, we invite you to simply come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chang or one of the cosmetic laser and injection nurses to explore whether you would make a good candidate. To find out more whether Aesthetica can help you, contact us online or at 703-729-5553 to arrange an appointment. Dr. Phillip Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia near Leesburg, Virginia and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments.
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