Vitamin C Basics
We all know Vitamin C is good for us, but why? Let’s cover the basics you need to know when adding this enriching ingredient to your skincare ritual
There’s no doubt most of you have heard of Vitamin C, but…
What are the benefits?
While boosting the immune system is one of the main reasons people seek to include it in their diet and supplements, there are a host of other uses and applications. One of them being skincare! Healthy skin contains a lot of Vitamin C, especially in the outer layer. When you use a nutrient-dense product that includes Vitamin C it can benefit your skin in so many ways. Let’s explore how you can use Vitamin C to improve your beauty - inside and out.
External benefits of Vitamin C
Your skin is your most exposed organ and, as you go about your day, it comes in contact with multiple sources of external stressors. Environmental toxins, pollution, UV radiation, and internal stress all have effects on our skin.
So what can we do to help protect our body from all the chaos?
The human body has a natural defense system, an essential part of which is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerhouse of multi-tasking. As an antioxidant it helps neutralize unstable molecules that build up and harm your cells, but that’s not all it does. It promotes the production of cells, protects them, and helps them function more effectively. It also fights inflammation and boosts the production of collagen. For your skin that means, when used consistently, Vitamin C can add protection against sun damage, reduce signs of aging, promote healing, minimize redness and dark spots, and reduce scarring. Who doesn’t love bright, healthy skin?
Internal Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is certainly an essential part of our immune system, but our body does not produce it. That means we need to make intentional health choices to include it in our regimen. Vitamin C needs to be consumed regularly to avoid deficiency. Adding it to our skincare routine is important to avoid dry, wrinkled, and inflamed skin but we can’t neglect adding it to our diet as well. A few of the most common reasons behind not getting enough Vitamin C are:
- Poor diet
Healing and health begin on the inside and thus, you have to be mindful of your choices! Having a varied diet with Vitamin C rich food can help lower blood pressure, improve the absorption of iron, reduce the risk of gout, and protect your central nervous system from oxidative stress and inflammation.
When you feel good, you look good!
Application and Safety
When using a Vitamin C serum it’s important to know how as well as why. It should be applied after cleansing and before makeup or sunscreen. Other products, including benzoyl peroxide and retinol, can counteract with your Vitamin C serum and make it less effective, so use them at different times of day (if at all) - Vitamin C in the morning and Retinol in the evening, for example.
While Vitamin C can help protect against sun damage, it’s best used hand in hand with a good, clean/green SPF in order to boost UV ray blocking power. Be sure to follow all instructions and safety precautions provided. Light and oxygen speeds up oxidation of Vitamin C so any product that includes it needs to be stored in an airtight container and a dry, dark place.
Watercress + Vitamin C
The benefits of watercress go beyond moisturization. This beautiful, natural ingredient also contains ample amounts of Vitamin C! Our favorite way that watercress helps you reach your #skingoals is by fading dark spots caused by sun exposure and acne. Our Superfood Beauty Oil is packed with plant-based goodies that heal your skin in a healthy, natural way. Restore balance back to your complexion.
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