Monday, 08 June 2020 01:01

What does vitamin C serum do for your face?

Vitamin C is known for containing powerful properties, with many people often praising it for alleviating the common cold. Consuming Vitamin C has a variety of health benefits, but applying Vitamin C to your face can yield plenty of anti-aging benefits to your skin. It creates a brighter complexion, evens out your skin tone, improves hydration, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

But how exactly does Vitamin C bring about all of these benefits? 

These benefits come from the ascorbic acid in Vitamin C, which creates younger, firmer-looking skin. To learn how Vitamin C helps you maintain a youthful glow, it’s important to understand the effects that free radicals, the sun, and collagen have on your skin. 

Free Radicals: So many of our skincare products protect against them, but what are they? Free radicals are unstable electrons in molecules that are caused by conditions in the environment and even food. They change the composition of healthy cells and damage them, which can have visible effects such as wrinkles, sagging, and roughness. Vitamin C contains antioxidants, which can interact with free radicals to terminate any vital damage to cells while combating the effects of aging. 

Sun Damage: While we all enjoy soaking up the sun, it can have damaging effects on our skin if we don’t stay protected — and sometimes SPF just isn’t enough. Harmful UVA and UVB rays can eventually create wrinkles. Vitamin C serums strengthen your skin and repels things that can damage it. Our powerful serums contains melanin-suppressing properties, which can prevent and fade brown spots caused by the sun.  

Collagen: Collagen is one of the most important components of keeping your skin looking young. Collagen is a connecting tissue that keeps your skin layers together. As you age, you lose collagen, which causes the skin to sink and create wrinkles. The decline of collagen also allows facial expressions and movements to leave marks on our faces. Vitamin C is known to give you younger and firmer skin because it increases and stimulates collagen production to avoid aging in your skin. 

What about Blue Light?  

Blue light: The Invisible Menace 

We live in a world that is heavily reliant on our smart devices (sleeping with your phone under your pillow, anyone?) – from finding that recommended local restaurant or navigating your way around traffic. But as we read more about how screen time and prolonged exposure to blue light can be detrimental to our health – now we are learning it can also cause dark spots on our skin as well as photo-aging and weakening of the skin surface. Apple’s new “Screen Time,” feature creates a weekly activity report showing the total time spent on each app! With the average American currently clocking in an estimated 10.5 hours of screen time a day,  our phones have become an extension of ourselves. 

But can our devices really be such a danger to our physical and mental wellbeing? The answer is yes: blue light is the invisible threat to our physical and mental wellbeing. 

Blue light is a color in the visible light color spectrum, it has short wavelengths but emits high energy that can have permanent negative impacts on your sleep, anxiety levels, eyes, and even is linked to signs of premature aging. Blue light is an unavoidable danger especially with our attachment to our devices. Long term exposure to concentrated blue light energy can cause severe skin damage, including skin discoloration, inflammation, and the overall weakening of the skin’s surface. Blue light, also referred to as digital pollution, has the potential to promote stressors in the skin that cause photo-aging – skin damage and premature aging that is strictly caused by exposure to light. While avoiding the effects of blue light might not be avoidable, we can manage the impact it has on our skin. 

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