We all know vitamin C is one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts. After all, it’s an antioxidant that can help prevent heart disease, reduce blood sugar levels, boost our immune system, and assist in preventing iron deficiencies. If that’s not enough, it also provides incredible benefits for the body’s largest organ….the skin!
Remember, one of the most essential functions of the skin is to act as a protective barrier. Adding vitamin C to your daily skin care routine cannot only help fight against the signs of aging, but prevent future damage caused by the free radicals that lead to skin aging process. The goal is to protect our epidermal (outer layer) of skin from pollution and UV-induced photodamage. Best case scenario, we also improve hydration levels, even out skin tone, decrease discoloration, and increase the quality of the collagen by implementing a vitamin C serum into our routine.
Cleansing first, then applying a vitamin C product can help prevent that rough, wrinkled and aged skin we’re all trying to avoid. Wash your face and apply at night (as well as in the morning) to maintain a even, hydrated, and youthful look.
There are plenty of these serums on the market. If you’re like me and find it hard to focus while in the skin care isle, start by making sure the products you find contain Ascorbic Acid (AA) and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA), as they’ve been said to be the most effective ingredients.
New Dermalogica: biolumin-c serum
– Exfoliates and reduces unbalanced pigmentation.
– Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
– Prevents and corrects free radical damage.
How to Use Dispense a full dropper and smooth over cleansed face and neck morning and night, after toning and before moisturizing.
Quick Tip Use morning and night to brighten, firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines and help skin defend itself from oxidative stress.
Extra Credit: Can you guess which food can naturally give you the most vitamin C bang for your buck? According to Dr. Axe – it’s not oranges! See below for the top ten rated rated to carry the most vitamin C!
- Black Currant — 1 cup: 203 milligrams (338 percent DV)
- Red Pepper — 1 cup: 190 milligrams (317 percent DV)
- Kiwifruit — 1 cup: 164 milligrams (273 percent DV)
- Guava — 1 fruit: 126 milligrams (209 percent DV)
- Green Bell Pepper — 1 cup: 120 milligrams (200 percent DV)
- Orange — 1 large: 98 milligrams (163 percent DV)
- Strawberries — 1 cup: 89 milligrams (149 percent DV)
- Papaya — 1 cup: 87 milligrams (144 percent DV)
- Broccoli — 1 cup, raw: 81 milligrams (135 percent DV)
- Kale — 1 cup, raw: 80 milligrams (134 percent DV)