3 Vitamin C Benefits for the Skin
You’ve probably already heard about the importance of getting enough Vitamin C – but did you know there’s so much more to it than just chugging orange juice? Vitamin C can also be a great topical treatment to bring out the best in your skin thanks to its natural benefits.
Why is Vitamin C good for skin?
It’s an Antioxidant
“Antioxidants” might seem like one of those words that gets thrown around a lot – so let’s break down what it actually means here. Antioxidants are basically your best defence against free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that run rogue in the body and can cause damage to cells – including skin cells. They’re unstable because they have an odd number of electrons. Antioxidants have extra electrons that they donate to free radicals to stabilise them and help reduce unwanted effects. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which means it’s great for protecting your skin from natural and environmental stressors – including things like sun damage.
It Encourages Collagen Production
Vitamin C is naturally acidic – which might sound like a risky thing to be putting on your face but hear it out. This acidity stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are two important proteins that can help your skin maintain its youthful appearance. Collagen can help fill out your skin cells, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while elastin helps boost your skin’s ability to snap back into shape after it’s stretched. As well as benefitting the shape and texture of your skin, these proteins can help improve strength and encourage repair. It Inhibits Melanin Production Melanin is what gives skin its tone or pigment. However, when the skin produces excessive amounts of melanin in certain areas, it can lead to what’s known as hyperpigmentation. It appears as dark spots on the skin and can result in an uneven skin tone. This often occurs with sun exposure although it can also be impacted by age. Vitamin C is thought to inhibit melanin production, which can mean a reduction in the appearance of dark spots and help maintain a level skin tone over time.
Vitamin C skin products
Excited to get started with all these Vitamin C skincare benefits? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a round-up of some of our favourite Vitamin C skin products.
Vitamin C Anti-Fatigue Ampoule Sheet Mask (15g)
When you’re in the mood for a little home pampering, a sheet mask is a great way to take care of your skin. We’ve dosed it with a brightening Vitamin C ampoule that combines Vitamin Cg with energising pineapple extract. It’s made for those days when you need to add a little extra instant glow and takes just 5 minutes to revive your skin. Plus, it’s a vegan formula!
Vitamin C Anti-Dark Spots Serum (30ml)
If you like to feel like a skincare scientist, why not add a potent complex of 3.5% Vitamin Cg, Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide into your regime? This serum uses three actives in combination to give a powerful skin effect – dark spots are visibly reduced with 88% of trialists seeing a difference in their skin*. Whilst working its active magic, this brightening serum is lightweight, non-greasy and won’t break you out. Wear it each morning and watch to see the results!
Garnier SkinActive BB Cream Anti Dark Spots Tinted Moisturiser (SPF50)
For days when your skin needs extra protection, but you don’t want to feel weighed down, this BB cream is the perfect mix of moisturiser, foundation and SPF. The sun protection helps keep UV rays at bay while the mixture of moisturising hyaluronic acid and powerful Vitamin C has been selected for its illuminating properties. The cream is quick and easy to apply and feels light on your face so you can wear it all day without worrying and benefit from 24-hour intense hydration. From a moisturiser in the morning to a sheet mask at night, getting all your vitamins in has never felt so luxurious! For more ideas and inspiration, check out our full Vitamin C skincare range.
*88% of 124 Garnier Review Panellists agreed.