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Why we all need Vitamin C in our skincare

By Kelly Hollands @glow_beauty_skincare_wellbeing

Do you suffer with hyperpigmentation, age spots, Melasma, sun damage, acne scarring or fine lines and wrinkles? If the answer if yes, are you using topical Vitamin C in your daily skincare routine? Everyone should be adding this amazing serum to their routine as the benefits are immense!

Vitamin C is an extremely powerful skincare product to even out and brighten the skin tone. It is one of the best anti-ageing ingredients on the market today and will give you a smooth, glowing complexion.  

It’s safe for most skin types, but can cause a slight tingling to the skin so people who have hypersensitive skin may experience minor irritation. It’s extremely hydrating on the skin and decreases transepidermal water loss which means your skin will retain better moisture. More moisture means younger looking skin!

Vitamin C will help to fade hyperpigmentation which includes sun spots, age spots and Melasma. Hyperpigmentation occurs when Melanin is overproduced in the skin, causing certain areas to appear darker in colour. Many women suffer with hyperpigmentation during and after pregnancy. This can also happen in areas where acne has healed so you may notice you have a darker patch of skin in that area.

Vitamin C can also help to reduce redness as it accelerates cell turnover and replaces damaged skin cells with new healthy ones. If you suffer with Rosacea or any variety of inflammatory skin condition, you will see a difference in your skin tone when using Vitamin C daily.

Not only is Vitamin C a powerful brightening product, it’s also well known for boosting collagen and elastin production. It is rich in anti-oxidants and will protect skin against free radical damage. Collagen production naturally decreases as we age and can start to slow down in our mid to late 20’s by 1% every year. Lower levels of collagen will lead to more aged looking skin including fine lines and wrinkles. Lower levels of elastin will cause skin to sag and lose its tightness and firmness. The main areas of concern for most women are the jawline, neck and under eye.  

Many under-eye products on the market today also contain Vitamin C as it reduces the appearance of dark circles and discolouration of skin. It can also smooth out fine lines by plumping and hydrating the delicate skin around the eye area. I use Tropic Eye Work rejuvenating serum every morning. This serum has an innovative ZAMAC massaging tip which instantly brightens and soothes the delicate eye area. It contains Turmeric and Vitamin C to lighten age-related pigmentation and dark circles. Costing just £32, it provides 316 days of product!

Always apply Vitamin C serums after cleansing and toning and before moisturising your skin. You must also wear a high factor SPF daily when using Vitamin C as it will make the skin more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight. It is estimated that 90% of visible skin ageing is caused by the sun’s rays.

I can highly recommend two amazing Vitamin C serums, both of which I alternate use of on a daily basis. I use Tropic Glow Berry which consists of 10% Vitamin C, superberries and kangaroo paw flower extract. Available in 30ml for £42.

Endocare C Pure Concentrate consists of 15% Vitamin C with innovative SCA Biorepair Technology to regenerate the skin, increase firmness and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.  Priced at £70.99 for 14 X 1ml ampoules.

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