Most people are aware of the "five a day" fruit and vegetable recommendation in order to maintain our body's vitamin C levels, among other benefits. But did you know that vitamin C is also used in skincare to prevent early signs of aging and improve the overall appearance of the skin?
Vitamin C: not just for your plate
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that the body is unable to produce naturally. It is known for its antioxidant properties and its importance in supporting the body's connective tissues. Skin, the largest organ in the body, is one of the recipients of the vitamin C we absorb, not just from certain food and drink, but also skincare products!
With some pollution levels in the UK reaching the recommended limit just five days into 2017, vitamin C could be one of your key allies when it comes to protecting your skin from the damaging effects of urban pollution, which have been linked to premature cutaneous aging.
Early signs of aging, notably fine lines, wrinkles, lack of elasticity and discolouration are caused predominantly by a process called cellular oxidation, where cells become damaged/modified by "free radical" atoms. Vitamin C, however, is an antioxidant, which means it helps to protect cells from this damage.
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By protecting the skin against the early signs of aging, not only are fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration reduced, but the skin also looks brighter and more luminous as a result. Healthy skin cells are plump, hydrated and healthy, giving a more even complexion which also reflects the light more evenly.
You can introduce Vitamin C into your skincare without disrupting your regular routine. PURE VITAMIN C10 Serum should be used before your day cream. The non-sticky/non-greasy formula is absorbed effortlessly into the epidermis, working to smooth out skin tone and elasticity. It’s also specifically formulated for even the most sensitive skin.
Try introducing vitamin C into your beauty routine for anti-pollution and anti-aging results!
It's up to you how you decide to use hyaluronic acid in your daily beauty routine. A serum, for example, can be a simple new step to introduce without sacrificing your other skincare products, and can be applied at both morning and/or night-time depending on your preference.
The Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum by La Roche-Posay works to restore your skin cells with moisture, which gives plumper-looking skin that is more able to retain water by itself. Hydrated skin in turn leads to a more radiant, glowing complexion and reduced signs of aging. Use your fingertips to gently apply the serum to the skin using small circular motions to help the serum fully absorb into the epidermis.
With the help of hyaluronic acid, you can help keep those early signs of skin aging at bay!