Topical Vitamin C: Can it Help Reduce Sun Damage?

Nourish & Hydrate Skin CreamWe all know that UV exposure, especially excessive UV exposure which burns the skin or turns it anything over a light pink hue, contributes greatly to the aging of our skin. Not only can it contribute to wrinkles, but it also contributes to age spots, brown spots, melasma and other uneven skin coloring. These make us look older just like wrinkles do.

There are several other factors such as the shape of the face changes, the muscles sagging, the eyes becoming more sunken, and things like that as well.

Sun damage and how it makes us look older

But the other major factor in our skin’s aged appearance is sun damage, otherwise known as photodamage.  UV light is necessary for the survival and thriving of the human race – of that there is no doubt. However, excessive UVA and UVB exposure not only can lead to DNA damage and hence cancerous growths, but it also leads to sun damage.

This means two things. First, your skin starts to show age spots or freckles, which are UV pigmentation that occurs over time. Another name this goes by is liver spots, which is particularly unsavory.  Second, UV exposure also damages the skin’s integrity and can lead to the degradation of not only the DNA, but also the underlying collagen and support system of the skin.

Topical use of vitamin C can help you to improve the appearance of sun damage in several ways. First off, topical application of vitamin c concentrate, preferably in a serum form at night, helps to combat the degrading of the collagen in the skin since it is a major component of healthy collagen production.

Topical vitamin C clarifies skin, boosts collagen

Topical vitamin C also helps to clarify the skin and reduce the appearance of age spots, hyperpigmentation and other discolorations because it is acidic and can act as a natural exfoliant.  You will actually feel the acidity of the vitamin when it is applied topically, depending on the concentration, because it can sting when it is first applied.

Since it may cause photosensitivity (easier burning) when you are in the sun, it is recommended that you use a concentrate only in the evening, when you are not going to be exposed to UV at all.

In addition to helping your skin coax itself into making more collagen, topical vitamin C also may help to strengthen the skin by acting as an antioxidant – something that this cheap vitamin does very well both inside and outside the body. Of course, outside the body, as well as inside, it may not be stable in its ascorbic acid form, so some recommend using vitamin C ester.

We use vitamin C ester in our Nourish and Hydrate face cream because it is known to penetrate better into  the skin cells and works more effectively at helping to reduce free radical damage and perhaps also at helping to reverse the damage that excessive UV exposure has inflicted on the skin.

Topical vitamin C BRIGHTENS skin

In addition, vitamin C ester has a wonderful skin brightening effect, helping to reduce the hyperpigmentation that results with age and repeated UV exposure.

One of the greatest obstacles we have to overcome when our skin ages is of course wrinkles as well as other elements that are dramatically worsened by exposure to damaging UV rays. However, wrinkles are not the only thing that contribute to the appearance of “older” skin.

There are several other factors such as the shape of the face changes, the muscles sagging, the eyes becoming more sunken, and things like that as well.

Combats DNA damage

But the other major factor in our skin’s aged appearance is sun damage, otherwise known as photodamage.  UV light is necessary for the survival and thriving of the human race – of that there is no doubt. However, excessive UVA and UVB exposure not only can lead to DNA damage and hence cancerous growths, but it also leads to sun damage.

This means two things. First, your skin starts to show age spots or freckles, which are UV pigmentation that occurs over time. Another name this goes by is liver spots, which is particularly unsavory.  Second, UV exposure also damages the skin’s integrity and can lead to the degradation of not only the DNA, but also the underlying collagen and support system of the skin.

Topical use of vitamin C can help you to improve the appearance of sun damage in several ways. First off, topical application of vitamin c concentrate, preferably in a serum form at night, helps to combat the degrading of the collagen in the skin since it is a major component of healthy collagen production.

Topical vitamin C also helps to clarify the skin and reduce the appearance of age spots, hyperpigmentation and other discolorations because it is acidic and can act as a natural exfoliant.  You will actually feel the acidity of the vitamin when it is applied topically, depending on the concentration, because it can sting when it is first applied.

Since it may cause photosensitivity (easier burning) when you are in the sun, it is recommended that you use a concentrate only in the evening, when you are not going to be exposed to UV at all.

In addition to helping your skin coax itself into making more collagen, topical vitamin C also may help to strengthen the skin by acting as an antioxidant – something that this cheap vitamin does very well both inside and outside the body. Of course, outside the body, as well as inside, it may not be stable in its ascorbic acid form, so some recommend using vitamin C ester.

 

 

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