Vitamin C: It’s Not Just for Cold and Flu Season

In case you haven’t heard, vitamin C is one of the most-praised skincare ingredients these days. There is a reason why vitamin C serums are so popular: they actually get results. When used consistently, vitamin C can decrease acne scars, brighten the skin, smooth fine lines, and smooth rough texture. According to skincare experts, there isn’t much that vitamin C can’t tackle. That’s why this ingredient is found in so many of the products A-listers use. Here, we want to discuss what vitamin C is and how it can

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C has historically been known as a cold-busting nutrient. However, numerous studies indicate that this vitamin is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, unstable atoms that attach to and destroy healthy cells. This is why we are encouraged to consume antioxidant-rich foods. As a free-radical fighter, vitamin C offers both cosmetic and disease-reducing benefits. Medical grade serums containing this ingredient are particularly helpful to tissue repair and the renewal of damaged skin cells. In addition to combating premature aging, vitamin C is also believed to reduce the risk of cellular changes caused by UV exposure. You know, the ones that lead to precancerous lesions.

The Vitamin C and Collagen Connection

As beneficial as it is to have a product that will fight free radicals on the skin, vitamin C does even more. When applied topically, the mildly acidic ingredient affects the skin in two ways. One is that it inhibits the production of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the chemical that gives the skin its color. Not to worry, vitamin C won’t cause white spots and won’t keep you from that tan. It will, however, lighten hyperpigmentation and sunspots. If you don’t have those yet, vitamin C can discourage them from developing in the first place. Secondly, the acidic nature of vitamin C triggers the body to heal by producing more collagen and elastin. These are the chemicals involved in smoothing, plumping and firming the skin. This effect is enhanced by adding a time-released vitamin C supplement to your daily wellness practice.

Do you want to take your skincare to the next level? Dr. Murrell offers professional-grade skincare products in our Amarillo office. Call (806) 351-1177 to learn more about how they can help you age into your best self.

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