Vitamins and minerals are essential parts of our diet, but topical vitamin serums can be essential for healthy skin. This includes Vitamin C. But what are the benefits of vitamin C for skin health?
What are the benefits of Vitamin C for skin health?
Vitamin C is one of the key ingredients in a range of topical skincare products and this is because it can provide a range of medically proven benefits and advantages to skin health and condition. The benefits include:
- Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Protecting the skin from UV rays
- Reducing the appearance of dark spots
- Reducing acne lesions
Vitamin C can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
There have been a small number of medical studies which have all found that topical Vitamin C application can have a significant and noticeable impact on the appearance of lines and wrinkles. One study showed that applying a topical Vitamin C serum for a minimum of three months improved the appearance of fine and coarse wrinkles across the neck and face, while also improving general skin texture. This is because Vitamin C is crucial for collagen. As a naturally occurring protein, responsible for skin structure and volume, this depletes over time as we age. With less collagen, fine lines and wrinkles start to develop, and become increasingly noticeable. Vitamin C is well known for boosting collagen production through the process of collagen synthesis, and collagen synthesis can not occur without vitamin C. As a result, applying topical Vitamin C can lift your collagen levels and improve the health of your skin, as well as skin texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Topical Vitamin C can protect the skin from UV rays
Topical Vitamin C can also help to protect the skin from sun and UV damage, when applied with sun cream. The effects of this are increased when the Vitamin C is combined with other protective vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin E and ferulic acid. This is because Vitamin C is a fantastic antioxidant which helps reduce oxidative stress on skin cells which is caused by uv exposure and pollution. This helps to protect the skin and prevent premature ageing.
Applying Vitamin C can reduce the appearance of dark spots
Dark skin patches and skin discolouration are a common skin care issue and while there are numerous different aesthetic treatment options, topical Vitamin C used over more than 12 weeks can also bring a noticeable result. This is because Vitamin C can help to block the production of pigment in the skin and this has been shown in some clinical studies.
Vitamin C serums can reduce acne lesions
Finally, topical Vitamin C can help to reduce the appearance of acne lesions. This is because Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce sebum production within the skin. In fact, in clinical trials, a twice-daily application of vitamin C reduced acne lesions when compared to placebo, with no ill effects.
Take a look at our vitamin c skincare product
Here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic we are Preston’s leading aesthetic practitioners. We are proud to stock a range of SkinCeuticals, of which we are an Approved Retailer. These products are formulated to promote healthy skin and many include Vitamin C for maximising results and protecting your skin. For your topical Vitamin C treatment why not opt for:
- Serum 10 – this combines Vitamin C with ferulic acid to protect the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and the signs of ageing, and ensure healthier skin.
- Phloretin CF Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum for Discolouration – this is a Vitamin C combination antioxidant, which is designed to diminish any discolouration while improving the skin’s texture and tone, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
- C E Ferulic Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum for Visible Signs of Ageing – this is an award-winning Vitamin C combination antioxidant serum which can protect the skin from UV rays, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines and help to brighten skin too.
For more information or advice get in touch with the professionals today here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.