What is vitamin C? What are its benefits?
This vitamin, known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin and cannot be stored in our body. Therefore, it must be taken in sufficient amounts every day through nutrition or supplementation.
- Protects against cancer and heart disease.
- It helps to protect and repair tooth, skin and cartilage structure.
- It supports the immune system and acts as a shield against infections.
- It supports the body’s collagen production. In this way, wounds heal quickly.
- Fights free radicals against aging.
- It retains water in the skin, moisturises the skin by preventing skin dryness and oil formation.
Which foods contain vitamin C?
Vitamin C is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables. Among fruits, it is especially abundant in citrus fruits (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, lemon). In addition, sweet potatoes, red and green peppers, spinach, parsley, peas, broccoli, asparagus, kiwi, strawberries and raspberries are among the fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C.
What are the benefits for the skin?
- Protects the skin from harmful UV rays of the sun.
- Anti-aging effect, visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- It is effective in removing acne / acne scars.
- Protects the skin against free radicals with its antioxidant effect.
- Helps to remove roughness on the skin.
- Reduces pore appearance.
- Treats skin blemishes.
- Moisturises, brightens and illuminates the skin.
- Supports collagen production.
- Improves the scars formed on the skin surface.
- Energises and revitalises dull and dull skin.
How to use Vitamin C?
Since vitamin C is an active ingredient, it is easily affected by heat and light. Therefore, it is an ingredient with a short shelf life. Products containing vitamin C are oxidised, discoloured and less effective in sunny and humid environments. Therefore, these products should be stored in dry, cool and dark environments (in the refrigerator). When not stored under appropriate conditions or when the expiry date has expired, it can deteriorate quickly. It is recommended not to use deteriorated vitamin C as it will lose its effect.
It can be used in the morning or evening in the skin care routine. The order of use in the routine can generally be immediately after the cleansing phase or an acid-free tonic. The most important thing to note when applied to the skin in the morning is that a high SPF protector should be used regularly during the day and renewed every two hours.
In the evening, it should not be used with many acids (AHA, BHA, PHA, Azelaic acid), Retinol (vitamin A) and Niacinamide. (You can use vitamin C during the day and other actives in the evening.) Those who start vitamin C for the first time can start with low rates (5%) and use it several times a week, accustom the skin and increase the frequency of use over time.
Tip: Using vitamin C with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and ferulic acid, which help to lock moisture in the skin, gives very good results.
How to apply?
- Wash your face with a cleanser.
- Apply serum to clean and dry skin. Avoid contact with the eye area.
- Allow the product to absorb for a few minutes.
- You can continue your skin care by applying your daily moisturiser.
- If you are doing day care, be sure to apply sunscreen.