Vitamins are a magic family of ingredients that our bodies would be lost without! They are great when we eat them and they are also super awesome when we use them on our skin! Vitamin C skincare is one member of this vitamin family that has a whole host of proven (scientifically, that’s what we like ‘eh *winks*) benefits for skin.
There’s benefits for spot prone skin, skin that needs a ‘pick me up’ and skin that’s been showing the sun a lotta love!…
1. Vitamin C Skincare Stimulates Collagen & Elastin Synthesis
First up, vitamin C is a great little skincare ingredient for helping to ‘plump up’ your skin. Vitamin C stimulates your skins own production of collagen and elastin.
That ‘elastin’ word might sound a bit familiar ‘cus it’s one of those super stretchy fibers you’ll find in jegging’s and tights. It does pretty much the same thing in your skin.
Collagen & elastin are like your skins very own scaffolding system (or support network!). Once these dudes are setup, your skin’s builders know exactly where to go and what to do. The instructions for healthy skin are all laid out *winks*.
(you might wanna get a read of, ’10 ‘Need to Know’ Dermatology Words Explained’ which features these 2 skin supporters)
Skin can sometimes fall behind in its production quota of these dudes which can leave skin looking ‘sallow’ whilst also inviting some fine lines to pull up a seat. Kinda like a bouncy castle that’s had the pump turned off…
It can happen when we go through a crazy busy, ‘channeling your inner super women’ stage (as your skin energy gets diverted to your other awesomeness) and it also just happens naturally as the clock ticks on and we have the honor of growing older.
Inviting some vitamin C skincare into your life, is like feeding your skins collagen & elastin manufacturers a ‘Red Bull’ *winks*.
2. Vitamin C Skincare Reduces Hyperpigmentation
You know those pesky ‘dark marks’ that crop up after you’ve had a Mt. Vesuvius sized spot? Or maybe yours has been caused by some sun lovin’ or a insect bite that was like an opiate to your scratching skills. Well those dark marks are caused by the same thing that gives your skin a tan… melanin, it’s basically just like hair dye for your skin *winks*.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 24 May 2016
When skin has been damaged, the healing processes that get to work also trigger skin cells near the damage to make more melanin. That means you get those tell-tale ‘dark marks’. We don’t fully understand ‘scientifically’ why this happens yet. My guess is that our skin triggers this process because it’s trying to protect that area from further damage while it repairs itself. Melanin is your skin’s natural way of defending against UV rays, so the more melanin you have in your skin, the more your skin is naturally protected from future UV damage.
Vitamin C skincare will speed up your skin’s natural exfoliation rate which means areas of hyperpigmentation get ‘lightened more quickly.
3. Vitamin C Skincare Reduces The Incidence of Age Spots
Age spots are another ‘skin thing’ that’s cause is the brown skin dye – melanin. If you’ve got any brown marks on your skin (age spots, freckles, moles, hyperpigmentation) then what you’re looking at my friend is a melanin build-up.
Age spots happen because as we gracefully age, our skin gets a bit lazy at evenly sharing out the melanin. An age spot, dear pal, is like the ‘Bisto gravy granny’ of your skin.
Vitamin C skincare helps to treat existing age spots because of the same reason it treats hyperpigmentation, it speeds up your skins natural exfoliation. Vitamin C will also reduce your chances of developing future age spots (or even prevent them if you have none at all) because it helps to prevent the UV damage that causes skin cells to go into melanin producing over-drive.
UV rays over time, leave a secret stamp of ‘effected skin’ that doesn’t show until years later. Vitamin C protects these age spot producing cells from a UV induced age spot melt down.
4. Vitamin C Skincare Brightens Skin Tone
Un-even skin tone who? Vitamin C skincare will brighten up and even out any skin tone because of the same abilities that help it to fight hyperpigmentation and age spots. It speeds up your natural exfoliation rate and it pairs that with an ability to manage skin pigmentation (/make it move around skin evenly).
Our skin cell turnover rate (that’s fancy-smanchy for exfoliation), naturally slows with time. That’s a big contributor to skin looking un-even.
When skin falls behind on its natural exfoliation schedule, it heads us towards an uneven sandpaper look. When light hits our faces, it gets ‘sucked up’. It’s like shining a light into a cave. When skin is all smooth and sleek and ‘on time with its exfoliation’ our skin is like a mirror that bounces back that light and makes skin look all bright, fresh and healthy.
5. Vitamin C Skincare Protects Skin Against Sun Damage
This little skin miracle worker is a superstar antioxidant ( and it works even better, with vitamin E, that’s why you’ll see vitamin C+E skincare serums). Antioxidants help to protect us from 1 of the 2 aging factors under our control… the sun & its damaging UV rays (the other is sugar!).
Antioxidants help to stop skin from aging. They are skin defenders that fight against ‘free radical damage’, also known as little balls of ‘crazy intense’ energy that use-up all of our skin cells defenses, leaving them pretty darn tired. Free radicals are the kryptonite to our skin cells.
Vitamin C skincare holds a shield up to these balls of intense energy and flicks them away like a Ping-Pong ball. #Skills
6. Vitamin C Skincare Increases The Resilience of Skin
It’s kinda like a memory foam mattress, vitamin C helps to get your skin back into shape, quickly. It’s a well-known helper for wound healing, which means anytime your skin is suffering from spots or grazes or burns then if you’ve been using some vitamin C skincare, it should spring back quickly.
Without or with a lack of vitamin C our skin starts to break down. Like literally disintegrates, starting with any scar tissue! That’s what happened to sailors back in the day because all their fresh fruit and veg would be moldy after the first few weeks. It’s what we now call scurvy and it’s when skin can’t sustain itself because of a lack of vitamin C.
Using skincare with a dose of vitamin C helps keep skin resilient and in A** healing condition.
What’s your magic skin vitamin? Have you seen the skin benefits of vitamin C?
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.