We all love the warmth of the sun and sitting out when we can to catch a few rays. It’s important to know that too much sun exposure can significantly damage human skin.
The sun’s heat dries out areas of unprotected skin and depletes the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils. In addition, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause burning and long-term changes in the skin’s structure.
Exposure to the sun in the short term may only leave some sunburn but it’s important to know that it can cause some significant long term skin damage that can have costly effects on not only your skin and appearance but also your overall health. Long term your skin can suffer from discolouring, premature aging, wrinkles, sagging and potentially skin cancer.
Vitamin C has long been hailed the solution to anti aging and beautiful glowing skin. Vitamin C is a naturally occurring vitamin and antioxidant. It is the most abundant antioxidant in
human skin. Unfortunately we as humans lack the ability to naturally produce a sufficient amount of Vitamin C for optimal protection and therefore must seek alternative ways to acquire it.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production to reduce signs of aging, protect skin from free radicals and the sun. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue throughout the body and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters for our body’s overall immune system.
Why we need Vitamin C?
Vitamin C plays an important role in a number of bodily functions including the production of collagen, L-carnitine, and some neurotransmitters. It helps metabolize proteins and its antioxidant activity may reduce the risk of some cancers. Vitamin C has been proven to boost your body’s overall immune system and boost your skins protection whilst also preventing wrinkles.
Vitamin C is one of the many antioxidants that protect your body from harmful molecules, called free radicals as well as toxic pollutants like smog and cigarette smoke that can damage your skin. Vitamin C is known as an absorbic acid which is necessary for the growth, development and repair of the bodies tissue. Vitamin C plays a role in many of the bodies functions including the production of collagen, absorption of iron, boosting our immune system and the maintenance of bones, teeth and cartilage.
Vitamin C levels in skin
Vitamin C is a normal skin constituent that is found at high levels in both the dermis and epidermis. It’s been proven that aging slows down the production of vitamin C in our body’s. UV exposure and also exposure to toxic pollutants have also been proven to decrease the levels of vitamin C within the body which can reduce your body’s overall protection making it at risk to skin damage and infection.
Vitamin C and Immune Function
Vitamin C plays a vital part in your body’s immune system. It’s one of the key vitamins that support your overall immune system and help your body fight off infection. Vitamin supports your skin’s barrier against harmful toxins and free radicals. It acts almost like a forceful for your skin to keep foreign elements out. Not only does it protect your skin but also your entire body. It’s been proven that vitamin C helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart diseases. Although vitamin C won’t stop you catching a common cold, it can certainly help reduce the duration of the cold and increase recovery time.
How to Increase Vitamin C Levels
One of the most effective ways to increase your Vitamin C levels is to apply it directly to the skin rather than taking it orally. It can often be 20 times more effective too. Using a vitamin C enriched serum is one of the most effective ways of getting the required amount directly into your skin. Apply directly after cleansing in the morning and apply again at night. Remember that by applying vitamin C on the skin in the morning you are providing your skin with an additional barrier against pollution and UV damage. Always use it under your sunscreen during the day time. Use Vitamin E and C serums together to maximise overall skin protection as vitamin E potentiates the action of vitamin C by four fold.
Skincare Products Akina Recommend for Vitamin C protection
Alumier Everactive C&E
EverActive C&E is a high-strength vitamin C (15% L-ascorbic acid) and vitamin E serum that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revitalizing skin.
The antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E, neutralize free radicals and protect against UV damage, while vitamin C and MATRIXYL™ Synthe’6™® strengthen and brighten skin. Many vitamin C serums oxidize in their bottles, turning a brownish color while they are on the shelf or at home. When oxidized, the vitamin C is no longer beneficial to the skin. EverActive® C&E stays fresh because you only mix the vitamin C into the serum when you’re ready to use it.
Vitamin Rich Smoother (C&E)
Vitamin Rich Smoother spotlights the synergistic antioxidant duo of 15% vitamin C (USP grade L-ascorbic acid) and vitamin E (USP grade tocopherol) to brighten and revitalize the look of the skin. This formulation is the perfect base for makeup. Its silky consistency evens out skin texture, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin looking and feeling smooth.
Recommended for all skin types.