Ingredient Spotlight | Vitamin C in skincare
Did you know that our bodies can’t produce vitamin C? Most animals, except the ape family and guinea pigs, produce vitamin C in the liver from glucose. We’ve broken down how you can access this essential vitamin through Vitamin C serums, supplements and diet.
How does vitamin C work?Vitamin C donates a part of itself to reactions in your body, helping the body produce collagen and absorb iron. Without collagen, skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant, which fights the free radicals that attack the skin cells and cause premature signs of aging. Vitamin C sacrifices itself so free radicals don’t do as much damage as they could, creating a shield against the buildup of free radical damage.
Vitamin C serums in skincareThe most researched form of vitamin C in cosmetics is ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid has been proven to
- boost the skin’s defence against UV exposure
- boost healthy collagen production
- reduce the appearance of scars, sun damage and brown spots