Vitamin C, anti-aging and repairing photodamaged skin
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen, an essential component in skin structure and plays a vital role in anti-aging and healing and regenerating of photodamaged skin. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C endogenously. Therefore it is an essential dietary component1 and can be applied topically to provide the skin with necessary levels of vitamin C.
What does Vitamin C do for my skin?
Vitamin C is an important physiological antioxidant2 and is the most plentiful antioxidant in human skin3. It has also been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E)4.
Thus Vitamin C’s ability to stimulate collagen production does wonders for our skin. This powerful anti-aging nutrient helps rebuild collagen which has been damaged and depleted in photodamaged skin5,6. It is also a potent antioxidant that protects our skin from collagen damaging free radicals causing further photodamage to our skin.
Vitamin C, can be used in combination with retinol (or vitamin A) in topical application. It has been shown to enhance the anti-aging effects of retinol compared to when used without vitamin C7. Further, it has been shown that
vitamin C and vitamin A used in combination
can decrease skin pigmentation in photodamaged facial skin8.
Vitamin C is a great natural moisturizer as it enhances the protective barrier function of our skin. This means your skin can retain more water so it stays smoother and younger-looking for a much longer period of time. Topically applied vitamin C can be used in conjunction with your normal skin care program to improve the brightness, tone, and texture of your skin. Applying vitamin C to the skin daily can do wonders for keeping one’s youthful appearance for life. It improves firmness and elasticity, visibly tightening saggy areas, and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
A lightweight vitamin C serum that aids cellular reconstruction and renewal is perfect for all skin types and can rejuvenate and protect environmentally damaged or stressed skin.
Vitamin C is necessary to the production of skin collagen, the degradation and depletion of which leads to skin aging and wrinkles. It also protects the skin from free radical oxidation and is an important moisturizer for the skin.