If your skincare routine doesn’t include some type of Vitamin C serum, you need to ask yourself why?! Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants and helps to protect our cells from free radicals (unstable molecules that can cause cell damage and disease). Internally, Vitamin C has many benefits ranging from boosting the immune system, improving cardiovascular health, and aids in tissue growth, development, and repair. Our body cannot produce vitamin C so we must get it through our diet. Some foods that are high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, cabbage, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes.
Most people think of vitamin C in terms of what we eat, however, it can be extremely effective in skincare as well. Free radicals damage cells and can cause premature ageing. Applying vitamin C to the skin can combat pollution and help with signs of sun damage. Vitamin C in your skincare routine can help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation while preventing new sunspots.
The most common form of vitamin C used in a skincare routine is L-ascorbic acid. L-ascorbic acid has been shown to effectively penetrate the skin barrier, so you know you are receiving its benefits. Repeat studies have shown it helps to prevent photodamage from UVA and UVB radiation, it stimulates collagen production, serving as co-factor for enzymes in collagen production and, vitamin C is a great lightening ingredient. It blocks tyrosinase which is the key enzyme in melanin production. This means your skin appears brighter, firmer and more plump. Who doesn’t want that?!
The protection against pollutants and UV that vitamin C provides means it’s most effective when used in the morning. Vitamin C is highly unstable. It easily oxidizes in light, heat, pH change, and presence of other other ions. For this reason, if you purchase vitamin C, it should be in a dark bottle to protect it from light and it should be stored in a cool, dark place such as a medicine cabinet.
Aesthetic Science’s C, B, E, Ferulic Serum provides the free radical fighting power to protect the skin from DNA damage. The combination of the three vitamins fights oxidative stress, hydrates, moisturizes, and lightens pigmentation. Vitamins C and E added to Ferulic acid work together as stable, powerful antioxidants. Using vitamin C and E together increases their effectiveness greater than if using each alone. The high percentage of vitamin C (20 %) acts as a depigmenting agent, while vitamin E protects the skin from scarring and acts as a moisturizer. This formula also contains vitamin B3 (aka Niacinamide), for lightening dark spots and vitamin B5 for moisture and healing. Vitamin B3 aids in the production of vitamin C’s lightening agent by stopping the movement of pigment to the skin and vitamin B5 helps speed up vitamin C’s collagen synthesis while providing hydration to the skin. Lastly, this serum also contains Butylene glycol which holds moisture to the skin and hyaluronic acid which attracts moisture to the skin.
And now you know why I love vitamin C and use this product daily!! I need it now more than ever since moving to SWFL. I want to protect my skin as much as I can, so I don’t experience ageing, pigmented skin. In the words of Ben Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Never were truer words spoken, even in skincare!
For the month of March, when you schedule a facial treatment, you will receive 10% off the C,B,E, Ferulic serum! You won’t be sorry you added it to your skincare regimen, I promise!