A high-quality Vitamin C topical treatment can do wonders for you skin, and is most definitely an anti-ageing super-ingredient that should be in everyone’s beauty armoury.
When you are young, your skin is full of vitamin C. But, over time the supplies diminish, and the loss of vitamin C in your skin is one of the major causes of ageing. The good news, though, is you can not only take measures to minimise the loss of vitamin C in your skin, you can also replenish the supply to combat, or even reverse, signs of ageing.
Protect your vitamin C
You cannot halt vitamin C loss completely, but you can minimise it. Smoking and exposure to UV light compound vitamin C loss, and therefore accelerate the skin ageing process. Stopping smoking and wearing a good sunscreen will help.
Replenish supplies of vitamin C in the skin
This is where it gets really interesting. While cutting out smoking and practicing safe-sun exposure will have some effect on future vitamin C loss, they will not improve the look of your skin now. But, a good-quality topical vitamin C treatment will.
Vitamin C, in the right form and strength, is one of the few ingredients that can actually revere the signs of ageing.
Vitamin C has a very important role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin elasticity. It is the breakdown of collagen as we age that causes lines and wrinkles. Boosting the skin’s vitamin C levels will improve collagen production and counteract wrinkle formation.
Age spots can also be greatly improved by increasing vitamin C levels in the skin. Age spots are sun damage, and as a powerful anti-oxidant, vitamin C protects against and can even repair damage caused by UV light from the sun.
Supplements v. topical application of vitamin C
While taking vitamin C supplements or consuming vitamin C-rich foods may be beneficial to your overall health, for skin anti-ageing topical vitamin C is best. Studies have shown topical vitamin C can be 20 times more effective in combating the signs of skin ageing than oral consumption.
Which topical vitamin C treatments are best
There are many creams, lotions and serums on the market containing vitamin C. Look for products that contain high levels of vitamin C – at least 5%. They should also include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid.
Packaging is important, too. Vitamin C will quickly deteriorate when exposed to light or air. The package should be opaque and air tight. Pump delivery systems that maintain an airtight seal to protect the product are good.
We recommend glo-therapeutics 15% Vitamin C Serum and glo-therapeutics 7.5% Vitamin C Eye Gel. Purchases can be made at our clinics, by card over the phone – call 966 860 258, or from our online shop.
To learn more about anti-ageing skin products and treatments, and to find out what is best for your skin, book a free skincare consultation with our aesthetics team.