Vitamin C – An Antioxidant Superpower

Just like a healthy diet combines a variety of foods to provide balanced nutrition to your body, it is equally important to provide a variety of beneficial skin care ingredients to your skin. That being true, just like your diet, there are a few important ingredients that you should provide for your skin regardless of if they're found among a mix bag of beneficial ingredients, or whether they're in a concentrated form. Vitamin C is one of these ingredients.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which shields skin from damaging free radicals. Free radicals are found everywhere; sun exposure, pesticides, air pollution, gasoline fumes, and unhealthy foods all are abundant forms of free radicals. These unbalanced molecules go around seeking a partner in our healthy skin cells, attacking and damaging them in the process. When they finally do shake up a healthy cell enough to form a partnership, another unstabilized molecule is released, causing a domino effect of damage. The most damage is done when a free radical reacts with DNA, causing the cell to function poorly or stop functioning all together. 

Antioxidants are our peaceful police force: they stop the attacks on our healthy cells by donating an electron to stabilize the unbalanced free radical. By doing this, they neutralize free radicals before any damage is done. Unlike the cells that were being attacked, antioxidants remain stable after giving up an electron, effectively terminating the chain-reaction. Other note-worthy antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, algae extracts, and green tea extract, and lecithin. Many of these micronutrients are something that our body cannot produce on it's own, so we must provide them to ourselves through diet or topical application. 

When we ingest antioxidants, they are sent to work in a great many places in the body because of the important work that they do. When our body is sending antioxidants to their stations, it must prioritize internal organs vs our skin, and our skin can understandably get the last pick of the antioxidant crop. This is why we supplying the skin with topical antioxidants is so important.

Vitamin C has gained some popularity recently as a must-have anti-aging ingredient, maybe because it is so multifunctional. Specifically, vitamin C help us to boost collagen production, brighten complexions, fade brown or red areas, reduce inflammation or irritations, protect against DNA mutations, and increase the effectiveness of our sunscreens*. If there's one antioxidant to add to any regime - this is the one. 

When looking for a vitamin C, you want to find one that is in an airtight bottle, preferably with dark or opaque packaging. All antioxidants, including vitamin C, are destabilized when exposed to air and light, so the right packaging is important, otherwise your “antioxidant” becomes an “oxidant”.

Secondly, look for a vitamin C form that is stable and non-irritating. The only form of Vitamin C that can be used in the body is L-Ascorbic Acid, other forms must be converted to this pure form in order to be beneficial and lose concentration in this process. 

We love VivierSkin®’s patented Vitamin C serums because they are unique in their chemical form, stability and penetration. VIvierSkin®’s Vitamin C serums contain only the highest grade L-Ascorbic Acid USP (99.9% pure) and are specially formulated to maximize their stability. Furthermore, the serums are formulated at an optimal pH for maximum absorption by the skin and delivered to the epidermis and dermis, the two key compartments where Vitamin C can play a role in reversing the effects of photo-damage. A pure, and potent product that delivers results. 

There are other ways to improve the look of your skin besides a healthy diet. If you are looking for aesthetics services in Kelowna, come and visit The De Pieri clinic. To book an appointment, call 250-448-7408. You can also request an initial consultation via our convenient contact form.

* Disclaimer: Results and patient experience may vary.

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