28 November 2011

Vitamin C has properties that make it a valuable ingredient in skin care besides for building up the immune system.

Antioxidant Properties

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C have been well-established. Oxygen metabolizes as our bodies use it for energy. When oxygen molecules lose an electron, this creates free radicals; to compensate, these unbalanced molecules steal electrons from healthy cells like skin cells. free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as generally unhealthy-looking skin. Antioxidants help to stop this process. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage.

Protect Skin From Sun Damage

The antioxidant properties of vitamin C also protect the skin from sun damage, one of the biggest environmental influences on skin health. Research suggests that vitamin C may also reduce sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation and prevent the consequences of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer This doesn't mean you can take vitamins or apply topical vitamin C and then bake safely in the sun, but you can help keep your skin healthy and supple by making sure you get enough of this antioxidant vitamin.


Collagen Synthesis

The protein collagen plays a large role in skin health. Collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness, strengh and elasticity. As you age, your body's production declines, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Topical vitamin C can promote the growth of collagen. This makes it effective against signs of aging and in improving overall skin texture, regardless of age. This benefit can also extend to wound healing.

Considerations
Buy products with at least 10 percent vitamin C for the best benefits. Not everyone responds to treatment with vitamin C; optimal results are achieved when vitamin C treatments are part of an overall regimen to rebuild collagen, according to Smartskincare.com.

There is nothing special about the base cream or serum that the vitamin C (or any other active product) is delivered in Thinking about it logically, if a product has 10% ascorbic acid in stabilised form, or 2% Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (the active ingredient) then no matter what the cost it will be equally effective, as there is no base serum or cream that has properties that make it effective in anti-aging-and that is the truth.

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