You might have heard a lot about the potential benefits of vitamin C serums. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and speeds up collagen and elastin production in the skin, keeping your skin cells healthy. Your body contains high concentrations of vitamin C in the epidermis and dermis but these concentrations fall with age, excessive sun exposure, and exposure to pollutants. Vitamin C is regarded as one of best anti-aging ingredients in the market. It leaves your skin smooth, supple and glowing.
This article highlights about why your need to add a vitamin C serum to your daily skincare routine.
What Are the Benefits of Vitamin C Serums?
- Hydrates your skin:
Vitamin C penetrates your skin in the form of ascorbic acid and is proven to impart a hydrating effect to your skin. Applying vitamin C serum to your skin decreases trans-epidermal water loss, thus allowing your skin to lock in moisture and improve your skin’s barrier function.
- Promotes collagen production:
Collagen is a protein found in your skin, the levels of which diminish with age and result in appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin C serums boost collagen production since vitamin C is the essential cofactor for the two enzymes required for collagen synthesis:
- Protects against sun damage:
Sun damage is caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecule that have one deficient electron and they look for other molecules to ‘steal’ the other electron, ultimately causing damage to your skin. Vitamin C serums are rich in antioxidants and protect the skin cells. Vitamin C does this by donating its own electron to the free radicals and saving the healthy skin cells from any damage.
- Reduces the appearance of dark circles under your eyes:
Some studies suggest that vitamin C serums can reduce the discoloration of the under eye area by thickening the dermis of the particular area and concealing the congested blood vessels.
- Reduces hyperpigmentation:
Hyperpigmentation, such as age spots, melasma, and sunspots, occurs in areas where melanin is produced in excess quantities. Vitamin C serums can help reduce this hyperpigmentation since it interferes with the production of melanin. Vitamin C does this by down regulating the enzyme tyrosine required for melanin production in the skin.
How to Use a Vitamin C Serums?
Whenever you add a new skincare product to your daily routine, never forget to go for a patch test to assess the risk of an allergic reaction.
Vitamin C serums are typically applied once or twice a day. First cleanse and tone your skin and then apply the Vitamin C serum. Finally layer it with your favourite moisturizer.
Vitamin C serums also help reduce the appearance of fine lines in the under eye area and smoothens the skin. It can also be beneficial in reducing overall redness and discolouration.
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Samira is a Middle-Eastern beauty expert passionate about skincare and makeup. Samira lived in different Arabic countries and worked in some of the most prestigious beauty centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. That is how Samira acquired most of her knowledge about beauty and the Arabic skincare rituals.