Let’s talk about some antioxidant-rich products that can help your skin during stressful times. The key ingredient is Vitamin C. It is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals, and because of its antioxidant properties, Vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.
Let me attempt to explain the science without getting very technical: Free radicals are atoms with a missing electron that steal electrons from other atoms that lead to cell damage. Vitamin C is an antioxidant meaning it protects healthy skin cells by “giving” these free radicals an electron, rendering them harmless.
Vitamin C as a topical serum can be used by most skin types with very little to no adverse reactions. It has a hydrating effect on the skin because it decreases trans-epidermal water loss, allowing skin to better retain moisture.
Vitamin C has many benefits for the skin including the following:
- It can help to fade pigmentation and brighten your skin complexion, reducing dullness leaving you with a healthy glow.
- It helps to treat a variety of inflammation that can occur in the skin, minimizing redness and helping to soothe sunburns.
- It helps fade hyperpigmentation- including sunspots, age spots, and melasma-that occurs when melanin is overproduced in the skin. It can also help where acne has healed but left an uneven tone to the skin. Vitamin C application has shown to impede melanin production as well.
- It is a collagen booster. Vitamin C helps to increase cellular turnover and in turn produce new skin cells that contain healthy levels of collagen and elastin.
Overall, Vitamin C should be a staple in your skincare regimen. I suggest using Vitamin C serum in the morning. It should be applied after you have cleansed the skin and before you put on moisturizer or sunscreen.
The Vitamin C options we have: