How can Vitamin C repair the sun damage in your skin
Vitamin C is the most abundant antioxidant in human skin and it has several biological functions. An antioxidant’s function, in general, is to prevent damage associated with free radicals. These dreaded free radicals that we keep hearing about are the result of chemical reactions that naturally occur in our bodies.
Serving as a protective cover for our bodies, the skin is the most exposed organ and therefore tends to suffer the most damage. Other than the natural process of skin ageing over time, environmental factors such as pollution, cigarette smoking or UV radiation can also play an important role. In this article, we’re going to focus on UV radiation and the role of vitamin C.
Photoaging and hyperpigmentation
We all know how important but also how dangerous sunlight can be if we don´t take proper precautions.
An excessive exposure to UV radiation can lead to sunburns and erythema that triggers an inflammatory response from our bodies. This can also lead to changes in skin pigmentation and the emergence of dark spots.
Moreover, chronic exposure to UV radiation causes premature skin aging due to the loss of collagen fibers (one of the skin’s components responsible for its resistance) and therefore skin elasticity.
Vitamin C can be very helpful when we want to address aging signs associated with UV radiation due to some of its properties:
- Increases collagen fiber production helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and prevent photoaging;
- Lightening compound that can treat dark spots by lowering the production of melanin (skin pigment);
- Anti-inflammatory properties;
- Lowers the production of free radicals;
- Hydrates the skin;
- Regenerates vitamin E, another antioxidant, that has an important role in membrane protection.
Where can we obtain vitamin C?
Despite vitamin C being the most abundant antioxidant in our skin and easily obtained from a healthy diet, this is not enough to reach the necessary concentration of vitamin c in the skin. Optimal levels of vitamin C can be obtained by combining an oral intake with a topical application. Nowadays vitamin C can be found in many cosmetics formulations.
An anti-aging cream that boosts firmness and reduces hyperpigmentation. Apply in the morning and evening on the face, neck and chest. Suitable for all skin types
A serum that boosts collagen synthesis, attenuates wrinkles and fades hyperpigmentation. Apply in the morning before the moisturizer on the face, neck and chest. Suitable for dry and normal skin.
This range hydrates the skin and boosts firmness, reducing dark spots and wrinkles.
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