If you have your head in the skin care game, you’ve most likely heard about Vitamin C. But you may be thinking “what is it” or “what role does it actually play in the appearance of my skin?” We understand how complex the skin care industry may be and how conscious we are about what we do or don’t put on our skin. So not to worry, Vitamin C is legendary for all its magical work, and we wanted to take some time to highlight all the benefits it provides specifically to your skin!
What is Vitamin C?
To begin, Vitamin C, also known as a L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin mostly found in citrus as well as other fruits and vegetables. Since humans cannot naturally produce this, we largely depend on the consumption of foods rich in Vitamin C such as oranges, lemons, and kiwis. However, only a very small portion of dietary Vitamin C actually makes it to the skin. Internally, this vitamin plays a vital role in the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. Aside from that, it’s involved in other body functions such as the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of bones, cartilage, and teeth. It’s also loaded with antioxidants that are known to give off radiant, younger looking skin.
So unfortunately while adding another cup of orange juice to your diet sounds like fun it probably won’t do a whole lot for your skin. For that reason, it’s recommended to apply Vitamin C topically in order for your body to fully reap the benefits we’ll talk about below.
What are the Skin Benefits of Vitamin C?
1. Prevents Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As mentioned above, Vitamin C is vital in the formation of collagen. Collagen is the protein responsible for skin elasticity, or stretchiness. Because collagen is a protein that tends to deplete after time, lower levels have been linked to signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C will help prevent these unwanted signs by enhancing the production of collagen in your body. Studies have shown that higher intakes of Vitamin C have been positively correlated to healthier skin. According to a Harvard Health study, topical application of about 3 months has helped improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also improving skin texture.
2. Helps Promote an Even Skin Tone
A cause of discoloration, such as uneven skin tone, can be a result of a disruption in the production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. The development of melanin decreases over time but even more with increased exposure to the sun, stressors, and environmental damage leading to dark spots or discoloration. Since Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties due to its antioxidant capacity, it’s able to create a more even complexion. Studies have shown that topical application of Vitamin C has been proven to reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots revealing an even more radiant skin tone.
3. Reduces the Appearance of Under-Eye Circles
It’s evident that the skin under our eyes can be classified as the thinnest, most delicate on our body. For that reason, it’s prone to more issues such as discoloration and fine lines. Topical application of Vitamin C is gentle enough for areas such as around the eye and can improve the pigmentation of under-eye circles.
4. Provides Protection Against Sun Damage
Prolonged exposure to the sun has been proven to have drastic effects on the skin. Did you know that one negative effect was decreased levels of Vitamin C in the skin? This is because sun damage is caused by free radicals which are atoms that can damage skin cells. One way to reduce free radicals in our bodies is by eating a diet rich in antioxidants.Vitamin C is exactly that! Antioxidants provide protection to the healthy skin cells and render free radicals as harmless.
Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Care Line
Here are a few of our favorite Lemon Plus Vitamin C products for you to incorporate into your skin care routine!
Our Lemon Plus Vitamin C Perfecting Serum contains plant and fruit extracts, which lighten facial dark spots and blemishes caused by acne, pregnancy, melasma, and hyperpigmentation. The best part? It’s recommended for all skin types and can be used for sensitive areas around the eyes as well as stubborn dark spots on the body!
The Lemon Plus Vitamin C Body Soap Scrub will help cleanse the skin with a unique blend of botanical ingredients including Vitamin C, lemon, and other natural antioxidants to restore balance and tone to the skin. Reap the benefits of Vitamin C with this versatile product!
The Lemon Plus Vitamin C Skin Beautifying Milk is your secret to moisturized skin while treating uneven patches and discoloration. For use on the body or face, it’s truly your newest skin care must have.