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The Power of Topical Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential to our health, just check out the NHS UK website to see the benefits of vitamin C and how great it is at keeping our skin, bones and immune system healthy. That’s why we recommend daily 5 a day fruit and vegetables in our diet.

Skin Benefits of Vitamin C

Did you know that applying vitamin C serum to our skin can be 20 times more effective in helping rejuvenate skin than if we take it orally in a tablet or food? It goes straight to the cells in our skin where we want it.  There are many good reasons to incorporate vitamin C into your daily skin care regime.  I think vitamin C for the skin is highly underrated and many people don’t realise how good it can be to help nourish and rejuvenate our skin.

Vitamin C is found in many foods but mainly citrus fruits and some vegetables. As we age collagen stimulation and cell turnover slows down. As we age our skin changes, becomes thinner with more wrinkles and our skin looks less firm and plump. Now we know that if you apply high strength vitamin C serum to our skin as part of our daily skin care regime the skin collagen production is boosted so improving our skin tone and texture and helping to minimise the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles.

Apart from ageing we also suffer skin damage from smoking, sunlight, alcohol and pollution all of which produce free radicals which degrade our skin. Vitamin C helps to neutralise these damaging free radicals so increasing protection of the skin. Using topical vitamin C daily helps to protect our skin from the dangers of environmental premature ageing.

We should all be using our high factor SPF daily throughout the year, but I see a lot of you in my clinic wanting to know how to treat hyperpigmentation (sun damaged skin). Some of you have heard me talk about my own experience with hyperpigmentation and my battle to help suppress it. Using topical vitamin C helps me suppress my pigmentation.  Used daily it helps to brighten and give an even skin tone while reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Topical vitamin C is also a great product to improve general skin health which can be affected by external factors such as smoking, alcohol, stress as well as hereditary characteristics. Topical vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties so is perfectly placed in your skin care regime to help improve your skin’s appearance and produce a calming effect on sensitive and inflamed skin. I recommend this a lot to my patients with Rosacea.

From my personal experience (as you know I never approve a product unless I have tried it myself), I would recommend either topical Vitamin C serum produced by Obagi or Alumier MD for both medical grade skin care using high strength ingredients.

All our skin care products require a consultation first where I assess your skin and we discuss the most suitable skin care regime for your based on your individual needs and budget.

If you would like to know more about our skin care products and how they could improve your skin health then get in touch with me at the clinic and I would be very pleased to work with you.

See my next blog when I will explain the difference between medical skin care products and those you buy over the counter.

Until the next time…..

Vicky

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