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Vital vitamins?

Whether you’ve been looking to simplify your skin care routine or amp it up, a vitamin C serum might be your golden ticket. Topical vitamin C is a multipurpose workhorse that can protect, repair, and enhance your skin.

Defining Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, meaning your body can’t produce it. Yet, it has many roles and has been linked to impressive health benefits.

It’s water-soluble and found in many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, and spinach.

When to apply Vitamin C

Use vitamin C serums in the morning. There’s certainly no law against using vitamin C products in the evening, but you may get the most benefit from using them in the morning. In general Vitamin C products should be applied in the morning before heading out for the day, when UV radiation is at its highest.

But Vitamin C becomes less effective when exposed to light, so it’s important to give it time to absorb into your skin before going outside, You don’t need to wait a specific amount of time - as long as it’s absorbed.

Health benefits

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It is involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.

Beauty benefits

As far as your skin is concerned, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Due to its antioxidant properties, Vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. therefore it is a vital step in a skin care regieme.

Detecting the right Vitamin C product

What to look for in a Vitamin C serum

Form: L-ascorbic acid

Concentration: 10–20 percent

Ingredient combo: L-ascorbic acid, tocopherol (vitamin E) or glutathione, ferulic acid

Packaging: Dark or tinted glass bottles with airless delivery

Vitamin C serum

A Vitamin C serum is a skin-care product packed with Vitamin C. It has the consistency of a liquid or gel, and is applied topically to the skin.

Ascorbic acid and other Vitamin C derivatives

In some cases, pure ascorbic acid is irritating to work with, especially for sensitive skin types. In other cases, ascorbic acid itself is an unstable ingredient. This means that it is highly sensitive to environmental factors such as temperature, light, humidity, and air. This sensitivity eventually translates to loss in efficacy over time and a potential to go bad in a short period of time.

Since Ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid can be very unstable and potent, it can be quite irritating to some people, especially if you have sensitive skin. Luckily, there are many products formulated using Vitamin C derivatives. But to sum it up, the derivatives are very stable and can provide similar effects as ascorbic acid: from brightening the skin to delivering antioxidants for protecting the skin against the sun.

Skin types

For oily or normal skin, L-ascorbic acid is the most potent form of vitamin C and can be the most beneficial, while for dry and sensitive skin, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a water-soluble Vitamin C, is less irritating.

Side effects

As with any skin care product, some people may experience side effects when using Vitamin C serum. Some of the most common side effects include: itching, redness, skin irritation, and a tingling sensation upon application.

Home-made

It is best to purchase a professional range product. Vitamin C serums should not be made at home.

Vitamin C and coronavirus

Since the coronavirus is new, doctors do not fully understand it. All potential treatments remain experimental, and researchers have not yet tested Vitamin C or shown that it can treat the virus.

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Vitamin C serum benefits

* Reduces wrinkles

* Protects collagen and increases production

* Aids wound healing

* Helps protect against sun damage

* Reduces hyperpigmentation

* Evens skin tone

* Brightens complexion

* Acts like armor against pollution and other free radicals

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana