Updated: Aug 20, 2019
Our most comprehensive Vitamin C Serum!
The antioxidant benefits of a vitamin C serum can't be overstated. In fact, I think everyone over the age of 10 should probably be using some form of antioxidant serum or topical. It's the backbone of every effective skincare regime. But before you run out and purchase the first Vitamin C serum you can find, you should know not all vitamin C serums are created equal.
First lets talk briefly about the benefits of a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, in fact, it's the only antioxidant with collagen stimulating effects. Collagen is the substance that actually hold the skin cells together and degrades as we age and as we expose our skin to environmental pollutants such as smoking, air pollution and UV rays. Vitamin C both stimulates collagen and protects what collagen fibers you still have.
Vitamin C is also a big time skin brightener and can halt, and in higher concentrations can even reverse the pigmentation commonly called photo aging or photo damage. It also strengthens the skin' barrier and thickens the dermis, speeds up wound healing and reduces inflammation. For this reason, Vitamin C serums pair really well with treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
But the most widely known and talked about benefit of Vitamin C is the antioxidant benefits. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers, neutralizing free radicals by donating an electron to stabilize the atom before they can cause the oxidative stress that damages healthy skin cells. Antioxidant serums stop free radical damage. Free radicals cause damaged DNA, freckles, collagen loss and sagging skin .There are a lot of foods that are loaded with antioxidants, namely fruits and vegetables, but those take care of the free radicals within our bodies, unfortunately ingested vitamin C can not deliver adequate l-ascorbic acid to the skin. (1)
In terms of UV exposure causing free radicals to form, it's important to note that sunscreen only blocks 55% of the free radical produced by UV exposure. (2) Top optimize UV protection sunscreen should be combined with antioxidant protection. Since vitamin C ingested does not provide protection in the skin and vitamin C is not naturally produced by the body on it's own, topical Vitamin C serums completely fill this void in protection.