Vitamin C: Your Summer Skin Essential

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Vitamin C is one of the most well-known and widely used skincare ingredients, offering incredible anti-ageing benefits for the skin. It can be used for a wide range of skin concerns and is particularly important over the summer months!

Today we’ll explain all the reasons we love Vitamin C and why it should be incorporated into your skincare regime.

 

What is vitamin C and what benefits does it have for the skin?

Vitamin C is an active skincare ingredient found in a range of products, from cleansers to serums, moisturisers and oils. It is most commonly used in the morning to promote glowing skin that is protected from external stressors. It offers a range of benefits and can be used to treat existing concerns and prevent future damage. 

Thanks to its brightening properties, vitamin C is commonly used in the treatment of pigmentation to promote smoother and brighter skin. It is also considered one of the best antioxidants in skincare, helping to fight off free radicals which can cause premature ageing. 

You’ve probably heard of antioxidants and free radicals when it comes to skincare, but may not know exactly how it works. Put simply, our body has a natural supply of antioxidants to protect our cells from free radical damage. Free radicals are molecules found in things like chemicals, cigarettes and air pollutants. When there are more free radicals than antioxidants the skin becomes overwhelmed, leading to oxidative stress where it cannot protect itself from damage. The radicals can attack collagen molecules, cellular DNA and cell membranes, impairing cellular regeneration and leading to sagging and wrinkled skin.

The inclusion of vitamin C can assist the body to fight off free radicals and protect the skin from their damaging effects. It is particularly important in your morning routine to provide protection from day-to-day environmental stressors.

 

Why is it so important over summer?

Incorporating vitamin C into your regime is particularly important over summer. This wonder ingredient helps to neutralise the effects of UVA and UVB rays and protect the skin from further photo damage. 

While vitamin C can’t protect your skin from sun damage on its own, when paired with SPF the benefits of each product is enhanced!

A 2013 study concluded: 

“Sunscreens block only 55 percent of the free radicals produced by UV exposure…To optimize UV protection, it is important to use sunscreens combined with a topical antioxidant…Under laboratory conditions, it has been shown that application of 10 percent topical vitamin C showed statistical reduction of UVB-induced erythema by 52 percent and sunburn cell formation by 40-60 percent.”

Put simply, when you add vitamin C under your sunscreen, this power-duo will protect your skin from sun damage immediately and in the future!

 

Our Vitamin C favourites

Vitamin C comes in a range of strengths and formulations, and is best introduced to the skin gradually as it is highly active. We have a range of cosmeceutical grade products available in-clinic and online. We recommend getting in touch with our team to find your match!

 

Environ Antioxidant Defence Creme 

This powerful moisturising cream is enriched with several antioxidants that help to combat the effects of free radical damage. It also contains a dynamic combination of moisturisers that assist in improving the appearance of the skin, allowing it to feel soft, smooth and looking youthfully radiant.

(https://www.laserskinspecialist.com.au/product/antioxidant-defence-creme-35ml/)

 

 

Environ Intense C-Boost Mela-Even cream 

Intense C-Boost Mela-Even Cream helps reclaim the appearance of a 

younger, more healthy-looking luminous skin with an even, radiant glow with this technologically advanced Vitamin C infused cream.

(https://www.laserskinspecialist.com.au/product/environ-intense-c-boost-mela-even-cream/ )

 

Medik8 Pure C15

Pure C15 helps protect the skin against free radicals, while helping to minimise the formation of dark spots for a visibly brighter skin tone and improved texture and firmness. Pure C15 uses vitamin E and L-Glutathione to help stabilise the formula which has undergone extensive stability testing. 

(https://www.laserskinspecialist.com.au/product/pure-c15-2x-15ml/)

 

 

Medik8 C-Tetra+ Luxe 

A high strength and stable vitamin C serum to help combat sun-induced damage to the skin, help trigger collagen production, increase the skin’s elasticity and density, as well as improve the skin’s texture and brighten the complexion. Contains higher strength of lipid soluble Vitamin C for enhanced penetration and stability.

(https://www.laserskinspecialist.com.au/product/c-tetra-intense-30ml/ )

 

Our NEW Vitamin C Peel

This invigorating micro-exfoliant peel is designed to soften the texture and appearance of rough and sun-damaged skin, while the high concentration of Vitamin C helps to promote a more youthful and radiant appearance. 

Perfect for the treatment of:

  • Rough skin texture
  • Fine lines
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Dull skin appearance

As we are heading into summer, now is a great time to try this brand new peel for added antioxidant protection and improved radiance. Book yours online now!

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