By Lorena Maian
It brightens the complexion, brightens tired features, redensifies the skin, fights against free radicals ... Vitamin C is all good. X-ray of this beauty weapon!
When we are tired, we immediately think of making a cure of vitamin C in tablets. But we think less of using the most famous of vitamins when our skin is a little bit "drained". Wrongly, because its beauty benefits are also spectacular. Explanations.
Vitamin C is present in 3500 mg in our body, five times more than most other vitamins. Health officials agree that we should be taking around 200mg a day. A compulsory contribution because we are almost the only ones, with the baboon and the guinea pig, not knowing how to synthesize it from sugars.
However, its effects on the body are no longer to be demonstrated: it fights against intoxication (lead poisoning, poisons, alcohol, mercury), cholesterol, infections, it boosts fertility and even proves to be a good anti-allergic in reducing the release of histamine.
Unfortunately, barely 1/3 of the vitamin C we absorb is available in our skin. The blame for it? Pollution, a diet deficient in fruits and vegetables, UV rays, alcohol and certain contraceptives. Hence the importance of providing it topically, in the form of molecules synthesized from glucose such as ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid or even ascorbyl palmitate.
A protective and stimulating role
Applied directly to our skin, vitamin C is thirty times more available than by mouth. Like a shield, it protects the integrity of the DNA of our cells and fights against free radicals in synergy with vitamin E, which once exhausted by its fight against radicals, is even capable of regenerating
it. A major ally, since when Vitamin E is out of breath it in turn becomes an oxidant.
Fast and crescendo results
From the first week, we notice a beautiful luminosity of our skin and a decrease in the skin micro-relief (less fine lines, less visible pores). There is also a better tolerance to the sun and an obvious disappearance of signs of fatigue.
After 1 to 3 months, our complexion has regained a beautiful homogeneity, the skin is more toned, more luscious, more velvety. Nothing prevents us from using vitamin C treatments all year round since it is a really effective anti-aging if it is used for the long term.
Vitamin C: unraveling the true from the false
No, the high concentration of vitamin C in a product is not synonymous with aggressiveness. It all depends on the active ingredients that accompany it and which can moderate the phenomena of intolerance. Most vitamin C cosmetics contain a minimum of 5%.
Yes, we can put vitamin C before going to the sun since it will protect our cells from oxidation caused by UV rays. We do not forget to add an anti-UV cream on top. Avoid applying it too close to the eyes.
Yes, vitamin C goes hand in hand with most of the active ingredients in our usual care and we can apply them on top. Only precautions: no creams based on glycolic acid, salicylic and other "exfoliators" if our vitamin C has an acidic PH. This would duplicate. Formal ban also on the use of a Vitamin B3 treatment (nicotinic derivative) whose effects (anti-pellagra, anti pathologically dry skin) are inhibited by vitamin C.
No, an effervescent vitamin C tablet is not a substitute for skin care. If we want to apply one directly on our face, this is not a good idea: this vitamin needs specific excipients so that it penetrates the right place and makes it benefit our skin from all its anti-aging effects.