Throughout the whole year but especially during Spring and Summer, we really need to take advantage of the various vitamin C serum benefits for our skin.
Vitamin C has been one of the most popular active skin care ingredients with its derivatives having been enhancing some of the most drastic skincare products for the last 20 years, including serums.
Vitamin C serums are today more than ever extremely popular among women and men who want to protect their skin from different deteriorating factors.
In my case and from my experience using vitamin C serums, the obvious effects I have been experiencing till now is making my skin smoother, boosting collagen and therefore making my complexion more resistant to aging as well as dealing with few age brown spots that have started appearing on the back of my hand.
Relating to the age spots, I can say that it took a little time for the spots to start getting lighter but the results were very pleasing, and also the funny thing was that even after I had stopped using the serum on those spots for some time, because I neglected it, the spots kept on becoming smaller and less visible until they almost vanished.
Now, that I know how effective my vitamin c serum can be on age spots, I will not neglect using it again till they completely vanish. 🙂
What is L-Ascorbic Acid?
L- Ascorbic acid or Ascorbic Acid is a water soluble form of vitamin C with a strong antioxidant function. It is also the most effective form of vitamin C found in serums.
With its role being very active when it has to do with human cells function, it is understood that a good quality serum with vitamin C has the following skincare benefits:
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
- Evens out the skin tone and improves its texture.
- Fights discoloration, inhibiting the function of an enzyme called tyrosinase.
- Minimizes inflammation.
- Works as a sun protector.
- Boosts collagen production.
- Preserves the natural moisture of the skin.
- Makes skin look more plump.
But let´s see now more in detail the different advantages of using a vitamin C serum on your face and skin.
Fighting Fine Lines and Wrinkles
It is a well known fact that free radicals is one of the main reasons of premature aging. The strange thing is that our body itself produces free radicals which are important to create the necessary energy for the cells life.
When our bodies are boosted with enough antioxidants, the free radicals are kept at normal levels. The problem starts when the balance is disrupted and the free radicals number becomes bigger than what it is needed, so they start attacking to healthy cells, causing the so called oxidative stress.
But which factors are responsible for “infuriating” those free radicals and make them attack the healthy cells? Many, I would say, including skin exposure to UV radiation, environmental pollution, smoking and bad diet.
When these free radicals go out of control and attack healthy cells, they alter their structure, so they stop functioning properly. That’s how we end up seeing wrinkles and fine lines appearing on the skin.
The topical application of vitamin C serum provides protection to the cells and neutralizes the bad free radicals. Also, it helps the body get rid of those unhealthy cells.
Protecting Skin from the Sun UV Rays
Exposing your skin to the UV radiation minimizes the levels of vitamin C already existing naturally in the skin. Using a vitamin C serum on your skin not only protects the cells from the deterioration caused by the UV rays since it works like a sunscreen, but it also repairs the sun damage, including skin aging, that has already been inflicted to the skin.
For this reason, people buy vitamin C serums more during the Spring and Summer months when their skin needs that extra protection against the sun radiation.
Dealing with Skin Discoloration
One more benefit of vitamin C serums is to deal with discolored skin since it has been proven that the topical use of vitamin C reduces discoloration and lightens the skin.
This happens because vitamin C is able to block Tyrosinase’s function which is to produce melanin and other pigments. Tyrosinase is an enzyme that is present in plant, animal and human tissues.
Boosting Collagen Production
One of the differences between young and aged or photo aged skin is the reduced production of collagen which results in sagginess, lack of elasticity as well as plumpness, and more fine lines and wrinkles.
Applying a good quality vitamin C serum on your skin promotes new collagen and elastin production. Also, it helps skin deal with the lack of plumpness by promoting microcirculation and increasing skin hydration levels.
Recovering the Antioxidant Powers of Vitamin E
It is a well known fact that Vitamin C together with vitamin E make a successful powerful antioxidant combination but did you know that in cases where vitamin E alone loses its power after eradicating a free radical, vitamin C takes over to recover vitamin’s E antioxidant potency?
Finally, although vitamin C has various pros for your skin as we have seen, it also has one disadvantage. It is unstable and very sensitive. When it comes in contact to the light, air, heat or humidity, it destabilizes and oxidizes.
Still, some forms of this vitamin are less sensitive than others. For this reason, it is very important to buy vitamin C serums in dark colored glass bottles. Also, bottles with pumps protect its contents a lot better than common dropper bottles.
In conclusion, thinking about vitamin C serum benefits for the skin, it is understood that this active ingredient is here to stay for long in the list of our favorite anti aging skin care products.