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What Is Vitamin C?

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What Is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is widely recognized for its superior antioxidant and visible anti-aging benefits across a range of concerns including wrinkles, laxity, and discolouration.

What is Vitamin C?

Synthetically derived or found naturally in citrus fruits, vitamin C is widely recognized for its superior antioxidant and visible anti-aging benefits across a range of concerns including wrinkles, laxity, and discolouration. It has been shown to help effectively neutralize free radicals and help protect against excessive oxidative stress. Unlike other vitamins, humans are not able to naturally create vitamin C and must acquire it though diet or topical supplementation, such as a vitamin C serum.

What are the benefits of vitamin C?

Considered to be one of the most powerful and effective antioxidants, vitamin C provides advanced environmental protection and visible anti-aging benefits such as reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discolouration.

Free radicals and vitamin C

Free radicals are produced in skin from environmental factors such as UV rays, infrared, pollution, and cigarette smoke causing atmospheric skin aging by generating free radicals -- unstable molecules with unpaired electrons. Free radicals try to “steal” electrons from healthy molecules, causing oxidative stress. Over time, free radical damage leads to visible signs of accelerated skin aging including fine lines, wrinkles, discolouration, and laxity. This science is known as the free radical theory of aging (FRTA).

Vitamin C, in its pure form (l-ascorbic acid), helps protect against this damage by “donating” electrons to neutralize damaging free radicals, in turn helping prevent the appearance of premature aging.

Will vitamin C help with wrinkles?

Wrinkles are one of the most common signs of skin aging, which is caused by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic aging is driven by the body’s natural aging process and is largely influenced by genetics, while extrinsic aging is caused by external factors including diet and atmospheric aggressors such as UV, infrared, and pollution. Atmospheric aggressors in particular produce free radicals that create oxidative stress and damage skin’s collagen and elastin. The result is an increase in visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and loss of firmness.

Using a daily vitamin C serum helps protect skin against environmental aggressors by neutralizing damaging free radicals. Recent studies have reported the detrimental clinical effects of ozone exposure on skin. Due to a progressive increase in ozone pollution over the past 30 years, it is especially important to apply a daily vitamin C serum. For the most complete protection against these visible signs of aging, always pair with a broad spectrum sunscreen.

When do I use a vitamin C serum?

In the morning after cleansing and toning, apply 4-5 drops of your vitamin C antioxidant serum to the palms of the hands. Tap the product onto a dry face and then massage with firm pressure until it has absorbed. Blend the remaining product onto the neck and across the chest, and allow to absorb. Vitamin C antioxidant serums can also be used on the back of the hands. For the most complete protection against visible signs of aging caused by environmental aggressors, always pair your vitamin C serum with a broad spectrum sunscreen.

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