08 Dec Vitamin C | Everything you need to know
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in our body, one which we can’t produce on our own. It’s essential for growth and recovery of tissue throughout the body, including the skin. But why has it become so popular five years ago? Find out all about this wickedly good antioxidant below!
Its skin benefits are varied, from anti-aging effect to acne removal; Vitamin C as one of the main functions has skin protection, which keeps it healthy and youthful, stimulates collagen production, which gives the skin structure and shape, helps remove hyperpigmentation and reduces discoloration, with the use of protective factors, and is good against skin texture, removes comedones and blackheads and helps fight acne.
Although it can be used on daily basis, you should be careful how you use it and in combination with which products. If the product contains it in high concentrations, it can lead to irritations, especially on sensitive skin where it is not recommended, especially if mixed with acids. Also, it’s not recommended to use it with retinol because vitamin C can make it unstable and thus prevent its penetration into the skin, nor with benzoyl peroxide because it leads to oxidation and its ineffectiveness. Its biggest “minus” is that it spoils quickly – it’s very unstable and easy to change, so it must always be in a cold and dark, well-closed bottle.
Vitamin C can be applied in the morning, but also in the evening, however it’s enough to put it once a day. In the morning it helps to protect the skin during the day, and in the evening to restore the skin because then it’s found in the smallest concentrations in the body. It’s applied, depending on the texture and type of product, but most often immediately after cleansing the face. It’s good to take it in the form of supplements and on the face to make the effect as intense as possible.
Vitamin C | Deficiency symptoms
If you are deficient in vitamin C, you could suffer from the following symptoms:
- Inflammation of the gums (also called gingivitis)
- Slow wound healing
- Dry and split ends
- Rough and dry skin
- Weak immune system
- Swollen and painful joints