A skincare expert is extolling the virtues of adding vitamin C to your skincare routine.
You might know about vitamin C from such beverages as orange juice, or vegetables like sweet peppers and broccoli. It used to be that this essential nutrient was only thought of as necessary to stave off scurvy, but in recent years it’s been shown to help with iron absorption, boost the immune system, and even have cancer-fighting properties.
It’s also turning out to be great for the skin and has been known to even reverse the signs of aging.
“Our medical aestheticians will tell their clients, ‘If you want to look like a twentysomething well into your 30s and even your 40s, commit to using anti-aging vitamin C serum,’” says Dr. Stephen Mulholland, a plastic surgeon, and owner of SpaMedica in Toronto, Canada. He’s got over 20 years of experience in the beauty business, and while his day job is taking a knife to people’s skin, he’s learned a thing or two about keeping it looking healthy as possible.
“When medical-grade vitamin C serum is used regularly and in appropriate concentrations and stabilized forms, it will augment the production of collagen and ground substances in the skin leading to a more youthful, rejuvenated look, smoothing fine lines and enhancing the skin’s thickness.”
Unfortunately, a diet rich in oranges and grapefruit isn’t going to give your skin enough vitamin C to get the full effect. Instead, you’ll need to opt for topical applications that have a heavy concentration of the citrus vitamin. Your skin can’t absorb more than about 20% vitamin C, so look for a bottle with that number on it.
Unless you have fair or sensitive skin, then maybe start with a smaller value and work your way up.
As for what Dr. Mulholland recommends, he thinks Vivier’s vitamin C serum is the cat’s meow when it comes to keeping your skin bright and perky.
But for those beauty practitioners on a budget, keep in mind that the good stuff is not cheap: Vivier’s vitamin C-infused serums can cost $175 for a small bottle. The good news is that you don’t have to use it often--just once or twice a week will be enough to keep those lines and wrinkles at bay.
Have you used vitamin C in your skincare routine? Did you notice any extraordinary benefits? Let us know in the comments!