It’s hard to open up a beauty magazine these days without seeing page after page of the latest offerings from some of the world’s largest cosmetic brands featuring reformulated, repackaged and redesigned, skin creams and serums full of yes…Vitamin C. But as much as we are familiar with the vitamin and have the basic knowledge that it’s good for us, for the most part, our knowledge about this essential nutrient stops with the tablets we take religiously to fend off a cold during the flu season or the slices of lemon we add to our drinks for extra self-care.
Truth is, Vitamin C has become the new raved about beauty item and according to experts and dermatologists, there’s really no wonder why: the vitamin is said to improve discoloration, brighten skin, help combat and treat acne, and even reduce fine lines and wrinkles. So we, get it — it’s essential, but why and how should you be using Vitamin C? And more importantly — is it effective? And, does it work?
While reading product reviews may be a decent way to get a feel for the reliability of different Vitamin C products, we decided to go straight to the pros, the dermatologists and skin experts. Luckily for me, I have access to several at arms reach having a father as a dermatologist who just recently celebrated his 40th anniversary of practicing medicine – Thanks, Dad! And here’s what he had to share with me.
It’s an ultra-versatile vitamin
Vitamin C improves skin elasticity, decreases wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis, boosts the skin’s immune system, and repairs damages caused by external elements. In a busy cosmopolitan city like Tokyo, each day, our skin is exposed to a variety of environmental pollutants such as radiation, vehicle exhaust fumes, cancer-causing free radicals, and of course sunlight. These pollutants break down collagen, stressing the skin and accelerating the aging process. Vitamin C serum helps to counter this process.
Vitamin C is also an important nutrient for our immune system. It helps our bodies fight off inflammation and bacterial infections that could be the culprit of redness, face swelling, and overall dull or unfavorable skin condition.
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