The Benefits Of Topical Vitamin C For Your Skin And How To Use It

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Last Updated: 13th October 2016

Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins to get in your diet on a daily basis. It’s one of those that your body can’t create or store on its own but is essential for numerous functions. One of those is for the production of collagen, which helps to make the skin firm, flexible and healthy.

Getting it topically is a great way to boost your intake. You’ll get the vitamin C directly into your skin to help with the collagen production. Here are all the benefits of using topical vitamin C products and just how to get it on a daily basis.

Full of Antioxidants to Protect Against Free Radicals

One of the main benefits of vitamin C is some antioxidants you can get from it. This will depend on the source, but you’ll still benefit from the protection of free radicals.

You may have heard that antioxidants help to fight against cancer. They protect the cells from free radicals, so they develop and repair without abnormalities. This is essential for the skin cells, which are damaged on a daily basis. Skin cancer is a growing concern, especially for more research into how it is created due to the sun exposure.

At the same time, free radicals cause signs of aging. They lead to dark spots on the skin and can damage the collagen. This leads to wrinkles, dark marks, and pigmentation problems. By using vitamin C topically, you can reduce the amount of aging you will see on your skin. Even if you don’t use vitamin C topically for cancer protection and all the other benefits, you should use it to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.

Improve Healing Responses in Your Skin

As well as helping to fight against cancer and aging, antioxidants help to boost the immune system. While the skin has its own healing responses, the antioxidants in vitamin C will help to boost them. You’ll find that cuts and sunburns heal much quicker than before.

You’ll need to use it straight on the cuts and burns. It is beneficial to get the vitamin C in a moisturising cream to help avoid burns and healing drying out the area, which is one of the reasons for peeling and roughness. When making your own creams at home think about ways to mix both moisturising and vitamin C together.

Vitamin C may be able to repair some of the damage to the lower layers of the skin after sun exposure. The antioxidants will fight against the free radicals that will attack the damaged cells as they repair and grow again. You’ll also find the redness is reduced, along with some of the pain associated with the burns.

When it comes to cuts and wounds, the scabs to protect them will form quicker. After that, the healing beneath can work faster, and you may find that fewer long-term scars form. This is due to the better collagen production, which helps to improve the look and flexibility of the skin.

Boost Effectiveness of Sunscreen

While protecting your skin against sun damage on its own, you will still need to apply sunscreen. UV rays are extremely harmful, and you want to give your body as much protection as possible.

Vitamin C is worth applying with or before the application of your sunscreen. It will boost the effectiveness and help it get into the lower layers of your skin. Your cells will be protected from future damage. The vitamin C is a good layer of protection against the UV rays.

Many sunscreens will now come with vitamin C added into it. You can make your own, or you can opt for your normal sunscreen. Just apply some homemade moisturising vitamin C cream before your sunscreen application to help boost the effectiveness.

Remove Acne Marks

We’ve already touched on the ability to help reduce scarring after damage. It's not just sunning or cut damage that the vitamin C will help. Topical creams can also help to reduce and remove acne marks.

You may have scars from where you picked your pimples when you were younger. Your nails may have cut the skin accidentally, or you may have newer pimples due to hormonal changes that are leaving red marks behind. The antioxidants in the vitamin C and extra collagen production will help the skin heal quickly and effectively.

It is possible to make your own nightly creams help moisturise and protect the skin. Allow the vitamin C to work overnight, so you don’t have to worry about makeup use and dirt getting into your skin and affecting the results.

That doesn’t mean you can keep picking at your pimples. You may be able to use the cream to help make the acne look smaller and then repair the damage quickly afterwards. Just keep your fingers away to help reduce the amount of acne you get on a daily basis.

Reduce the Look of Brown Spots

Brown spots are a sign of aging and also skin damage. They can form at any time, and we’re not talking about moles. The brown spots are signs of pigmentation damage, and you can reduce them through the use of topical vitamin C.

Apply your creams directly on the brown spots and help the antioxidants get to work. These sections of the skin will absorb the creams to help the pigmentation repair itself. You’ll also find that the collagen production will help to improve the flexibility of the skin to change the look of the brown spots.

Depending on the way that you get your vitamin C, you can also use it to lighten the top layers. This is especially possible when you use the likes of lemon or orange juice, which are full of acids to work on the top layers of the skin. They will also lighten the hairs on your arms, legs, and even head.

Make Your Skin Firmer and More Flexible

We’ve already looked at how vitamin C helps with the production of collagen. Collagen production is essential for firm, flexible and healthy skin. It helps to prevent problems like stretch marks during pregnant, weight gain and weight loss. It can help fight against the signs of aging, as mentioned above.

Collagen production happens in the mid-layers of the skin. Without the flexibility, the middle layers tear and scarring starts to form and appear in the top layers. The skin can be left flabby after quick weight gain and loss because the flexibility has disappeared. Like a rubber band, the skin tears once it stretches too much.

The collagen production will help to boost how much the skin can stretch. It is less likely to snap, so your skin looks firmer. This is much more beneficial when you apply the vitamin topically since the collagen absorbs it directly.

The amount of collagen your body produces naturally declines with age. This is why the wrinkles and marks are a sign of aging. By keeping your use of vitamin C up, you’ll help to fight against the decline in collagen production. This will give you firmer skin as you get older without using expensive nightly creams and oils.

Reduce Irritation and Inflammation

When the skin is damaged, it becomes inflamed and irritated. This can lead to further damage, as you start to scratch or rub somewhere. It also makes pain worse, and the ailments look worse than they are.

You can reduce the inflammation and irritation your skin sees. This is another way that the vitamin C helps with the healing. You’re less likely to open wounds and prevent burns from healing. You’ll also see the redness disappear quicker, regardless of the problem, so the ailment doesn’t look as bad.

This is also beneficial for those with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. The vitamin C can help to fight against the ailments, while moisture can help to fight against the dryness. The inflammation disappears, so you don’t feel as much pain or irritation when you have flare-ups.

What Type of Vitamin C Should You Use?

Most of the scientific research into vitamin C and the skin benefits has been completed using ascorbic acid. This form is used in most skin care products over the counter because of this reason. It has 15-20% more antioxidants than other forms of vitamin C tested.

That doesn’t mean you only need to use it, but you will find it in most natural forms of vitamin C. It will be the easiest for you to get so you can start making your topical treatments.

How Should You Use Vitamin C?

The best way to use topical treatments is a cream or moisturiser. You can add some vitamin C to your current nightly or moisturising creams if you want. Many will now even come with added vitamin C to help you save some money.

It is possible to make your own creams. This is highly beneficial since you know you’ll get all the vitamins and minerals in their natural forms. Create eye masks, skin creams, and sunscreens to help get all the benefits of vitamin C in your skin. If you are replacing prescribed creams, make sure you talk to your doctor first. In some cases, you’ll need to use the herbal remedies initially alongside your prescription medication.

Another option is to wash with a vitamin C scrub. You can make your own by just using half a lemon and adding some sugar or salt crystals over the top. This is a great way to exfoliate naturally to help your skin absorb more vitamin C on a regular basis. Don’t opt for this on a daily basis. Your skin doesn’t always need exfoliating and will be best mixing in with a vitamin C moisturising cream.

At the same time, you may find that the lemon juice is too much for your facial skin. This part of the body is most sensitive, and there is a lot of acid in pure lemon juice. It’s worth using a moisturising cleanser for your facial skin with added vitamin C to get the benefits there.

If you find that lemon juice is beneficial, you can always rub lemons and other fruits that are high in vitamin C on your skin. It’s worth diluting the juice with some water to help take away some of the acidity. Lemon water is highly beneficial for drinking on a morning, but you can also benefit by spraying on your bare skin. This works as a natural perfume, and can also be used in the hair to help get some of the benefits there.

Can You Mix With Tea Extracts?

You don’t just need to use vitamin C on its own. One of the benefits of herbal remedies is that they can be mixed together without detrimental problems. This is especially the case when you mix remedies together that offer many of the same benefits.

Vitamin C works because of the antioxidants, so why not use it with another product high in antioxidants. This is where the tea extracts come into play, especially when you mix with green, red, or white tea; the three with the most antioxidants out of the lot.

Green tea is extra beneficial because it will fight against the UV damage, working with the vitamin C. You will be less likely to see beauty spots and marks because of the sun hitting your skin, meaning you don’t need to worry when absorbing your daily intake of vitamin D from it! The chance of DNA damage is limited when the two work together.

At the same time, red tea is full of antioxidants that can help to fight against damage and free radicals. They will also promote healing, leading to the benefits already mentioned above.

Tea extracts already possess vitamin C within them. Adding a little more to your mixture isn’t going to do any harm; as long as you don’t get more than your daily recommended dose.

It’s time to add more vitamin C to your diet, and you can do this topically. Adding it topically will create far more benefits to your skin, as the layers are able to soak completely in all the health benefits. You’ll find that the collage production is much higher, and your skin gets everything it needs to fight against the free radicals. Not only do you improve the firmness of your skin, but fight against many of the signs of aging.

If you’re only planning on adding one extra vitamin into your lifestyle, make sure it’s vitamin C: one that your body can’t produce on its own.

Making it a habit to apply vitamin C on your skin should give you visible results. Since your skin would be nourished, the effects shouldn't only be visible from the outside. Your skin should glow from within.

Sources:

National Institue of Health

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/

Web MD

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1001-vitamin%20c%20ascorbic%20acid.aspx?activeingredientid=1001

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