Ingredient Focus: Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods such as broccoli, oranges and blackcurrants.  You may already take Vitamin C supplements when you’ve got a cold to help boost your immune system, but have you considered how Vitamin C can help your skin health?

Ascorbic acid—also known as L-ascorbic acid—has the most skin-related research of any form of vitamin C. For that reason, it’s the form of vitamin C that is used most often in skincare products. When properly formulated, ascorbic acid helps create younger-looking, firmer-feeling skin while signs of uneven skin tone seem to disappear. Ascorbic acid also helps skin’s surface rebuff external stressors and mitigate the effects of exposure to the elements.

Vitamin C is also a powerful anti-oxidant which combats the damage done by free radicals caused by pollution, stress, alcohol, sun and smoking. Scientists have also found that vitamin C is not only an essential building block of skin-plumping collagen and elastin, but it actually kick-starts the body into producing more of these proteins — making it a potent anti-ager.

So how can you incorporate this wonder ingredient into your skincare routine?

Obagi-System-Professional-C-20-1-ounce-Serum-80492a31-6ec8-4b3b-9501-75a09882dd1f_600For an oily skin choose a high concentration serum like Obagi’s 20% Professional Serum. This product is stuffed full of anti-oxidants and the higher concentration is able to cut through oil and penetrate below the skin’s surface to where it is needed most.

For a dry skin choose a creamy serum like C-Infusion Serum from Dermaquest. Providing powerful protection and moisture, this product is like a refreshing glass of orange juice for your skin.

For redness/rosacea prone skin choose a Vitamin C Peel Treatment in clinic which will help reduce inflammation, calm redness and strengthen the skin.

For ageing skin choose the Microderma RX System from Agera which combines anti-oxidants an exfoliation for an at-home treatment to stabalise collagen and promote brightness.

Talk to one of our skincare consultants today about how to use Vitamin C to boost your skin health. Book a complimentary consultation by calling 02890 333858