Article: Vitamin C
Notes by Fatma Shaheen
"The one ingredient your skin absolutely must have is vitamin C. Skin fibroblasts rely on vitamin C for collagen synthesis and regulation. If you want a glow, have even skin texture, tighter skin then its a must. Use daily 365 days of the year"
What is Vitamin C
Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, ascorbate, a low molecular carbohydrate.
Why do I need Vitamin C?
You need Vitamin C to produce collagen & elastin. Vitamin C promotes keratinocytes and melanin synthesis providing antioxidant protection against UV induced photo damage. Vitamin C is essential for the formation of the skin barrier and collagen, the modulation of cell signal pathways.
Types of Vitamin C
Ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate
Benefits of using Vitamin C on skin
Brightening, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces dark circles, reduces acne-scarring, stimulates collagen, protects against photo-damage/UV rays, heals inflammation, improves lines and wrinkles.
Side-effects of using Vitamin C
A quality Vitamin C should be slightly low in PH for best results as this could irritate your skin. You should always apply a hyaluronic acid based serum after vitamin C application to protect your acid mantle and reduce any potential side effects.
Which products can I combine with my Vitamin C?
Vitamin A, Retinol based products are great to use at night and Vitamin C in the morning.
Can I use Vitamin C at night?
Vitamin C should be use in the morning after your cleanser. It's designed to help defend your skin against photo-damage. If you have hyperpigmentation you could also use at night.
I prefer retinol or other actives at night and a cream or balm to support your skin's barrier.
When should I start using vitamin C?
16 is a good age to start ( you can start even younger) it's important to protect your skin for optimum skin health.