In recent months, Vitamin C has been recommended by every skincare and beauty expert… but what exactly is it and what does it do for the skin? Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient that our body needs to function and stay healthy. While you may already be getting your vitamin C fix through your diet, that doesn’t mean that it’s going straight to your skin. Using skincare products with vitamin C is the only way to ensure that your skin can reap the benefits of this legendary antioxidant. Keep reading to learn more about why you should be using vitamin C skincare products!
The skin is packed full of natural antioxidants that defend against free radicals which are introduced through air pollution, dust, tobacco smoke, and sun exposure. However, when these free radicals outweigh the skin’s antioxidants, the skin can no longer protect itself. The damage caused by these free radicals is irreparable, eventually leading to premature aging. Antioxidants like vitamin C interact with and neutralise these free radicals, preventing them from damaging the skin. Using the antioxidant power of vitamin C and E, Medik8’s C-Tetra Serum brightens and smooths the complexion while fighting free radicals to reduce visible signs of ageing. C-Tetra contains a super-stable form of vitamin C, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, which boosts the antioxidant defence levels in the skin. This lipid-soluble product can penetrate the skin’s defensive lipid barrier with ease, producing benefits deep within the skin.
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Did you know that you can protect your skin from the sun even further than when you use sunscreen? Research has shown that pairing sunscreen with vitamin C strengthens the skin’s defence barrier against photodamage from ultraviolet light rays. While sunscreens above SPF 50 do not actually offer greater sun protection, using an antioxidant like vitamin C with your sunscreen will.
Hyperpigmentation such as sunspots, acne scars, and age spots occur when melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour, is overproduced in certain areas of the skin. Studies have found that using vitamin C can obstruct melanin production, allowing dark spots and hyperpigmentation to fade. This may also result in a brightening of the skin’s appearance. Medik8’s Daily Radiance Vitamin C Cream is an all-in-one moisturiser and sunscreen that serves as the perfect introduction to vitamin C and Medik8’s anti-ageing philosophy. Using hyaluronic acid and glycerine, the product simultaneously hydrates, energises, and brightens the skin.
Collagen is a protein that provides strength to your skin, hair, muscles, and tendons – it’s what keeps our skin looking bright and youthful. As we get older, the production of collagen slows down causing loose, saggy skin. Vitamin C boosts collagen production through a process called collagen synthesis. As a matter of fact, without vitamin C, collagen synthesis can’t even occur. This is because vitamin C is an essential cofactor for the enzymes that are in charge of collagen synthesis. By using vitamin C products on the skin, you accelerate the production of collagen, helping to keep your skin firm and plump.
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