It is a favourite when it comes to skincare ingredients. It works on all skin types and ages, helps to protect skin against aggressors, tackles signs of ageing and brightens. But how much do you actually know about vitamin C?
In this blog we’ll talk all about where it comes from, the benefits of vitamin C, how it works and even how to include it in your skincare routine!
Vitamin C can also be known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid and it is a vitamin that isn’t actually produced by our body. This means that the only way to get it is through diet, supplements such as vitamin C tablets or through your skincare, like vitamin C serum and oil.
There are lots of ways that you can get vitamin C into your diet. It is naturally found in lots of fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits such as oranges are really high in it and most people look towards that as a quick way to get a good dose of vitamin C, but which fruit has more vitamin C than an orange? Red bell peppers are one of the richest dietary sources of the essential nutrient so are a great thing to munch on and get your vitamin C levels up!
When it comes to your skin, you may receive bigger benefits when vitamin C is applied topically. When applying vitamin C topically it is 20 times more potent than ingesting it orally through diet or supplements.
The reason why vitamin C is so popular in skincare is because it has so many benefits for our skin. Here are just some of them.
Promotes Collagen Production
Collagen is perhaps the most common protein found in our bodies, and is present in many cells in our skin, along with elastin. These two proteins work together to give skin its shape and texture. Vitamin C helps to maintain healthy levels of these in our skin which in turn leave it stronger, helping to diminish signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles and also create smoother and overall more youthful skin.
Vitamin C is high in antioxidants which mean that it can aid in your skin’s natural regeneration process, helping to repair damaged skin cells. The antioxidants in vitamin C also mean that it helps with protecting skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure which can lead to hyperpigmentation, premature skin ageing and other forms of damage.
When used topically, over time vitamin C can help to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, leading to a brighter complexion. It does this by inhibiting melanin production in our skin, helping to even out skin tone and enhance skin radiance.
When used in skincare, vitamin C can decrease transepidermal water loss, allowing your skin to retain more moisture and feel more hydrated.
It is really easy to include vitamin C in your skincare, and it is absolutely suitable for daily use. We recommend using it each morning in between cleansing your skin and applying your moisturiser.
Here is a simple morning skincare routine that includes vitamin C to get your skin glowing!
Step One: Cleanse your skin using our Gentle Cleansing Melt. This luxurious cleansing balm uses Baobab, which is high in vitamin C, to deeply nourish your skin whilst increasing hydration and elasticity.
Simply massage onto dry face, including your eye area, to remove any make up and impurities. The apply warm water to transform the balm into a rich, creamy milk that is easy to rinse away!
Step Two: Boost your skin with our brand new Bio-Retinol + C Booster. This oil based booster uses a cocktail of vitamins A, C, E and F to leave your skin looking brighter whilst delivering anti-ageing benefits through increased collagen production.
Just apply two drops of the oil onto your face and gently massage into your skin. Alternatively, if you are looking for a quicker way to get your vitamin C hit you could add our booster into your favourite moisturiser. Just mix two drops of our Bio-Retinol + C Booster into your moisturiser in the palm of your hand before applying directly onto your face.
Step Three: Apply a hydrating moisturiser. Our Daily Renew Facial Cream contains organic Argan Oil which is high in fatty acids and vitamin E, giving skin a youthful glow whilst deeply hydrating it. Vitamin C also works really well when paired with vitamin E as they both absorb into the skin really quickly and carry the same anti-ageing, brightening and protection benefits.
Just apply directly onto your face and neck and massage into the skin gently.
If you want to see the benefits that vitamin C could have on your skin, why not try our brand new Bio-Retinol + C Booster now by clicking the image below!
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