What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient found in foods and supplements. It supports several body functions including collagen creation and tissue growth. It also repairs and fights cell damage from free radicals (atoms that cause illness and aging).
What are the skincare benefits of vitamin C?
Vitamin C is essential for growth and repair in all body tissues. This includes aiding in the recovery of cuts and wounds, maintaining strong bones, cartilage, skin and teeth as well as offsetting daily skin irritants such as UV rays and air pollutants.
Vitamin C also acts as one of your body’s most powerful antioxidants, blocking damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals play a role in premature aging of the skin and may cause illnesses such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative diseases.
When applied topically, vitamin C has skin-healing properties that accelerate the production of the proteins collagen, elastin and melanin. These proteins are responsible for strength and structure in your skin which can help fight premature aging and skin discolorations such as dark spots or hyperpigmentation.
How can I get vitamin C?
Try incorporating the following vitamin C‑rich fruits and vegetables into your daily diet:
Fruits – blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, grapefruit, kiwi, mango, oranges, papaya, pineapple and watermelon
Vegetables — broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, leafy greens, peppers, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes
Topical vitamin C products have become extremely popular over the past few years because of their effective results on overall skin improvement. Vitamin C can be formulated into creams, powders and serums that are immediately absorbed by your skin upon application.
Depending on your skin type and desired outcome, certain vitamin C products may work better for you than others. Our licensed estheticians and board-certified dermatologists can assess your skin condition to recommend a vitamin C product that is best suited for you. However, in general, topical vitamin C products may be used to reduce redness, even out your skin tone, promote overall brightening and delay signs of premature aging.
Some of our most popular vitamin C products include:
- CE Ferulic® by Skinceuticals
- Intellishade® with SPF 45
- Journee Bio-Restorative Day Cream by Neocutis
Another way to increase vitamin C in your diet is through supplements. While you should always consult with your primary care provider or dietitian before taking a supplement, a daily vitamin C supplement could be recommended depending on your assessment and overall health goals.
To find a vitamin C product that is best for you, request an appointment with one of our licensed estheticians near you.