How Vitamin C Serum Benefits your Skin & Reverses the Aging Process
Do you want younger, more textured skin?
Vitamin C serum might be the answer you are looking for.
Studies have shown that Vitamin C serum benefits your skin in so many ways that it's almost hard to believe.
See the entire list and learn why you should seriously consider using Vitamin C on your face ASAP:
7 Benefits of Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C might be the single best vitamin for your skin.
Because it has some serious benefits AND because the only way for your body to get Vitamin C is by eating it or placing it on your skin.
What's more interesting (and relevant to our discussion today) is that simply eating Vitamin C (from fruits usually) doesn't actually get to your skin.
So this means if you aren't applying Vitamin C serum to your face then you are NOT getting enough.
And that's too bad, because Vitamin C has been clinically proven to literally turn back to the clock and make you look younger!
In order to get these benefits the vitamin C serum must be used properly (more on that below).
Let's first jump into the many benefits of Vitamin C for your face:
#1. Reverse the Signs of Aging
The first, and probably most important, benefit of using Vitamin C serum is the effect that it has on the aging of your skin.
Using Vitamin C daily has been shown to make women LOOK younger by up to several years. This benefit has been PROVEN through several clinical studies.
So how does Vitamin C make you look younger?
It's not really due to one area, instead the aging process is reduced because vitamin C has multiple benefits.
We will go over those in more detail below, but for now let's focus on the MAIN cause of aging in women.
That is photo damage from sun exposure.
And yes, Vitamin C helps reduce and REVERSE that photo damage which is just one of the ways it helps you look younger.
You can see from various studies that our perception of how old someone looks is based on how much photo damage that person has:
You can check out this graph above for more information about photo damage and aging, but let me explain it as well.
You can see that in the middle section it states "look one's age" and that implies that you will look your given age assuming you have about 80% sun damage.
Remember that sun damage accumulates over your life (unless you take steps to prevent it like using Vitamin C proactively).
Now compare the graph on the left which states "looks older by 3 years".
You can see that this person has only about 3% more photo damage than the person who looks their age.
That 3% contributes to about 3 years older!
Now look at the right graph which states "looks younger by 3 years".
This person has about 77% sun damage and looks 3 years YOUNGER.
This concept of photodamage and aging is what is working against you and it's the primary thing you want to change if looking younger and having better skin is your goal.
So where does Vitamin C serum fit in?
Well, vitamin C serum helps reduce and reverse existing sun damage.
It's been shown to PROTECT your skin from harmful UVB radiation throughout the day and can even reverse existing photodamage on the skin.
#2. Increases Collagen Production
Another huge benefit of Vitamin C is that it helps promote collagen synthesis.
Now, this may not sound important to you until you realize what collagen does for your skin.
Collagen is the component in the deeper layer of your skin, known as the dermis, which provides support and texture to the upper layers.
You can see from the picture that as we get older, as we get more sun damage and if you don't take care of your skin this collagen begins to decrease which causes waves in the upper layers of the skin.
These waves are what you see as wrinkles!
Starting at about age 30 your collagen will NATURALLY start to reduce.
This is around the age that women (and men) start to notice creases around their eyelids or around their mouth.
These are early signs that your collagen production is starting to slow down and the signs of aging are setting in.
Other factors can actually accelerate the loss of collagen, that includes things like smoking, excessive sun exposure and hormonal problems.
So where does Vitamin C serum fit in?
Vitamin C actually helps promote collagen growth (and it's been proven in clinical studies).
It does this by inactivating two auto-lytic enzymes: lysyl and prolyl hyroxylase.
These enzymes cause your body to BREAK DOWN collagen.
So Vitamin C steps in and stops this process from happening.
Now, listen, because this next part is really important:
Vitamin C works best if used to PREVENT aging.
It can definitely still help to promote collagen synthesis, but it's best if used EARLY (starting around age 30) to stop this process from ever beginning.
You can see from the image above that as little as 60 days of Vitamin C serum therapy can improve the collagen synthesis in the dermis.
The collagen is seen as the white "spots" on the far right of the image.
You can also see that if you start at age 20-35 the white spots are SIGNIFICANTLY more dense than when you start later in life (around age 50).
Moral of the story?
Using Vitamin C serum each day starting at a young age will result in improved texture and quality to your skin (which will also make it look younger).
#3. Reduce Hyperpigmentation & Melasma
This benefit isn't just limited to Melasma.
Vitamin C serum also helps uneven skin tones.
You know what I'm talking about if you've ever pinched your face where a pimple is and the area stays red or deep purple for weeks.
This is known as uneven skin tones and develops from various wounds in various healing stages.
One or two of these isn't really a big problem, but if you suffer from acne it can leave your face with a very uneven color tone with reds in some areas and purples in others.
Vitamin C helps to promote a normal skin tone by virtue of its effects on melanin.
Melanin is the portion of your skin that helps determine how much pigment is present and therefore contributes to color.
Vitamin C helps to regulate and normalize melanin production to even out the color throughout the entire face.
But what about Melasma? Can Vitamin C help that?
And it turns out that YES Vitamin C can also be used to treat melasma and other post inflammatory hyperpigmentation syndromes.
Melasma isn't really seen as a big deal in the medical community because it's most a cosmetic problem.
Because of that it can be very difficult to treat, unless you approach it correctly.
And that's where Vitamin C steps in.
Vitamin C has been shown to help reduce hyperpigmentation from Melasma in both long term and short term studies.
Another great thing about Vitamin C and Melasma is that it can be used with other therapies to enhance your treatment.
Vitamin C can be combined with Kojic acid and other supplements designed to help reduce estrogen activity on your cells to really help get rid of Melasma quickly.
#4. Can be Combined or "Layered" with Other Facial Products to Boost Results
Probably one of the best benefits of using Vitamin C is that it can be used with other ingredients!
Not only can it be combined and "layered" with other products, but some product can actually INCREASE the absorption of Vitamin c into the skin and BOOST its effects.
If you've read my blog before you know that I'm a big fan of using multiple products to help make your skin perfect.
Vitamin C (in my opinion) should be a part of this regimen.
But just so you know, Vitamin C serum can safely be combined with ingredients like:
- Retinol containing products, even prescription Retin A
- Vitamin E + A (both of these nutrients increase Vitamin C action in the skin)
- Glycolic acid and other hydroxy acids to help treat acne or inflammatory skin conditions
- Vitamin E + Vitamin C has been shown to reduce hyperpigmentation if used together
For the most benefit you will want a regimen that looks something like this:
- Step 1: Cleanser containing hydroxy acids to help exfoliation
- Step 2: Toner to bring back pH to your skin
- Step 3: Lotion if you have dry skin (skip the lotion if your skin is oily)
- Step 4: Vitamin C serum (people with oily skin can use some vitamin C serums as a lotion)
- Step 5: Tretinoin or some retinol containing product
If and when you decide to use Vitamin C serum make sure you follow the rules below to get the most benefit.
#5. Helps Treat Acne
Vitamin C can also help directly treat acne.
Studies have shown that high concentrations of Vitamin C (20%) can help reduce inflammatory conditions like rosacea and acne vulgaris.
Does this mean that every patient with acne should use Vitamin C serum?
Well, it's a little more complex than that, but most people should at least give it a TRIAL.
As you know acne is a condition that stems from MULTIPLE different issues and it usually indicates a problem INSIDE the body not necessarily on the skin itself.
What do I mean?
Well many conditions including hormones, gut issues like SIBO or yeast overgrowth and even food intolerances can all lead to acne.
If your problem is related to your hormones, then no amount of Vitamin C is going to completely reverse the problem.
Does that mean that Vitamin c won't help at all?
No, it will probably reduce the acne, but it may not completely eliminate it.
If you do decide to use Vitamin C serum for acne you need to make sure you are also using other products for both INSIDE your body and outside on your skin.
Tips for treating acne along with Vitamin C serum:
- Drink plenty of water (up to 1 gallon per day) to help with Detox
- Make sure you are eating WHOLE and organic foods (avoid gluten and dairy for a trial period)
- Take basic vitamins and nutrients like Zinc, Biotin and Silica
- Make sure to treat any yeast overgrowth or bacterial overgrowth if present
- Make sure to use a 5 step skin therapy regimen that isn't too strong (you don't want to kill off ALL of the healthy skin flora)
- Use Vitamin C serum as part of your facial regimen
- Get your hormones checked (especially testosterone, estrogen and thyroid hormones)
Vitamin C can be helpful in treating acne but generally you shouldn't use it by itself.
#6. Helps Treat Rosacea and other Inflammatory Conditions
One thing that you may forget is that Vitamin C is primarily an anti inflammatory agent.
In fact, it is a VERY powerful anti inflammatory agent.
What you may not also realize is that many skin conditions have some inflammatory component to them.
Especially conditions like acne, rosacea and even sun damage.
Inflammation makes your skin more sensitive to products, lotions and even foods. It also makes you react with redness and swelling when you come into contact with these substances.
Vitamin C directly helps inactive harmful reactive oxygen species to prevent DNA damage on the inside of your cells.
By the way...
Sun damage actually causes reactive oxygen species and direct DNA damage, and the effects of Vitamin c can help stop this damage by acting as a protector against harmful UV radiation (another reason that Vitamin C helps reduce aging).
- Bottom line: Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation and prevents cell damage from inflammatory conditions like Acne, rosacea and sun damage.
#7. Improves Healing Time
This benefit is not as well known as other benefits but it's still worth mentioning.
Vitamin C is involved in all of the phases of wound healing and can actually increase wound healing time.
Why is this important?
Well, in the event that you get a scratch, cut or even a big pimple, you can use Vitamin C to help heal the wound faster and reduce the redness/swelling associated with it.
This is particularly helpful if you are suffering from cystic acne.
While you never want to pinch or pick at your face (it just causes scarring and increases your risk of cellulitis) it can be helpful to know that using Vitamin C - especially if combined with zinc - can dramatically improve your healing time.
How to use Vitamin C Serum
Just knowing what Vitamin C does for your body isn't enough.
You also need to know how to use it correctly, how to store it, how to apply it and how to find out if you are getting the REAL Vitamin C.
Unfortunately many products nowadays are cheap knock off version of real more high quality products, and buying the cheaper products simply won't work.
So if, and when, you decide to use Vitamin C serum make sure you stick to these guidelines because I know they work and I've already done all of the practicing on my own face for you!
How to use Vitamin C serum correctly:
- Apply to face AFTER cleansing and after applying toner (especially if using the 5 step skin care regimen)
- Apply to ENTIRE face and to neck (use enough to put a small layer over your skin)
- Make sure your skin is completely dry before application
- Apply in the evening and make sure to store your serum in a dark room (light oxidizes and inactivates Vitamin C)
In order to get all of the benefits of Vitamin C you need to make sure your Vitamin C meets the following criteria:
- Must be in the L-Ascorbic acid formulation of Vitamin C (avoid other cheaper forms)
- Must be at a high enough concentration - Generally 20% is sufficient, but some sensitive people may need 10-15%
- Must be in a container that protects it from the light (light will damage your serum and inactivate it)
- The serum must be at a pH of 3.5 for proper absorption
- Must be from a high quality and reputable brand (avoid cheap products that won't work)
I know that's a lot and it's tempting to be overwhelmed, but don't worry...
I've made it easy by providing you with a list of products that meet ALL of this criteria so you know they will work.
The Best Vitamin C Serum on the Market
When it comes to Vitamin c serum (like other things in life) you really do get what you pay for.
I do not recommend that you choose a cheap Vitamin C product, especially if you are serious about your skin looking amazing.
You will end up wasting your time and money and buying the higher priced product in the end anyway.
Below I've included my personal recommendation for a HIGH QUALITY Vitamin C serum that I have used and KNOW it works.
This is also one of the products that I routinely recommend to my personal clients and family members.
Obagi Professional-C Serum
Contains high concentrations of L-ascorbic acid but no other ingredients
High price, but high quality
Why I Love it
Definitely works but may be better for women older than 40 or women with oily skin
Who should use it:
- People with oily skin
- People with photo damage or extreme sun damage
- People who have done well on other obagi products in the past
- L-Ascorbic acid 20% (active ingredient)
How to use it:
Why it works
- Apply 5-7 drops directly to your face after cleansing
- Spread evening throughout your face and to your neck line
- Use in the evening
- Make sure product is protected form the sun
- Contains 20% Vitamin C which promotes collagen production and stimulates growth in the skin to even skin tones
Back to you
If used correctly Vitamin C serum might just be the best thing you've ever done for your skin.
Make sure you follow the instructions and stick to the high quality brands and you will NOT be unhappy with your results.
I'm almost 30 and my only regret is that I started using Vitamin C when I was 20 because the benefits to my skin have been absolutely amazing.
Now I want to hear from you:
Are you using Vitamin C serum?
Is it working for you?
Why or why not?
Leave your comment below!