by Liz Janowski, VP
Applying Vitamin-C topically is an important part of any good skin care regimen. But why?
Vitamin C works so well for two reasons. Firstly Vitamin C contributes to keeping skin youthful and firm because it’s an antioxidant. One reason our skin ages prematurely is free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced by environmental factors such as pollution, radiation (including from the sun) and cigarette smoke. Free radicals, if unchecked, break down our skin causing it to look stressed, red, sallow and wrinkled. (Also, free radicals can also wreak havoc internally, damaging our most vital organs, including our heart.)
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. For our skin, this means regular antioxidant use leads to brighter, tighter skin with an even and smooth texture. Interestingly, Vitamin C is one of the few antioxidants that must be applied topically to reap benefits. Eating foods rich in Vitamin E (including veggies, seeds and meat) and Lycopene (found in red fruits and veggies) also helps fight free radicals. However, studies show that Vitamin C applied to the skin in 20 times more effective than if it is ingested orally.
Secondly, Vitamin C is a natural collagen booster. A number of research studies have confirmed that Vitamin C –applied topically – promotes collagen synthesis. Collagen is probably the most important factor in keeping our skin youthful, vibrant and supple. To reap the maximum antioxidant benefits for your skin and help build and maintain maximum collagen, we recommend Obaji’s Vitamin-C serum.
*Results may vary from patient to patient