The Importance of Topical Vitamin C


On an almost daily basis our skin is exposed to such damaging forces as stress, sunlight, cigarette smoke and pollution. Such exposure can damage the skin and lead to the presence of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cells to function poorly or die, thus leading  to premature aging of the skin. Exercise, proper nutrition and enough sleep can help minimize these effects to some extent, but there are other things that can and should be done.

Current research indicates that using topical products containing vitamin c (L-Ascorbic Acid) on the skin can be an effective tool to enhance its health and vitality. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which means it can help inhibit free radical activity and therefore minimize their associated effects as mentioned above.

Vitamin C can also help maintain and promote the production of collagen in the skin. Collagen is an important protein that helps keep your skin firm and toned. As we age, our skin loses essential collagen, causing it to sag, droop and wrinkle. On the contrary, younger people with plenty of Collagen tend to have firmer, smoother more vibrant looking skin.

With the popularity of Vitamin C skincare products, there is no surprise how many companies are selling Vitamin C Serums, creams and ointments. And why not? Professional strength Vitamin C can be very effective in providing your skin superior protection, helping fight off the onset of fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin appear brighter and more even, and promoting the production of Collagen in the skin. Buyers should beware though. Not all of these products are created equal. It is important that the Vitamin C in the product one uses is in the form of stabilized ascorbic acid. Non stabilized Vitamin C will deteriorate quickly and won’t be properly absorbed by the skin.

Make sure that you include application of a good professional topical Vitamin C product in your daily routine. It is every bit as important as oral vitamins, exercise proper nutrition and sleep.

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