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Vitamin C Treatments may be just the Option for you

Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, it may not be directly benefitting your skin. Vitamin C serum has many health benefits, including promoting collagen production and protecting against sun damage.

Using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to obtain vitamin C benefits, which include hydration, brightness and collagen production.

A 2017 study showed most healthy skin and organs contain high concentrations of vitamin C, suggesting that vitamin C accumulates in the body from circulation. Researchers also noted that topical vitamin C penetrates the skin best in the form of ascorbic acid.

Another study found that magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, another vitamin C derivative used in skin care, has been shown to have a hydrating effect on the skin, decreasing transepidermal water loss, allowing your skin to retain moisture better.

Vitamin C can help fade pigmentation and smooth the skin’s surface to reduce dullness, giving your skin a youthful glow. Vitamin C use inhibits melanin production, which may help fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent through its antioxidant capacity, which helps to soothe your skin and reduce puffiness.

Since it impedes melanin production, vitamin C can actually fade hyperpigmentation, including sunspots, age spots and melasma, which can happen where acne has healed.

If you have under-eye puffiness and circles, vitamin C serums can help smooth fine lines by plumping and hydrating this area.

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that depletes over time, and lower levels of collagen can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is well known for boosting collagen production; collagen synthesis can’t happen without vitamin C because it is the essential cofactor for the two enzymes required for collagen synthesis (prolyl hydroxylase and lysyl hydroxylase).

Collagen production is tied to skin elasticity and firmness. Applying a vitamin C serum may boost collagen production, resulting in an overall tightening effect, making your skin look firmer and more toned.

Finally, another study found that vitamin C may help relieve sunburn, minimizing redness and accelerating cell turnover, replacing damaged cells with healthy new ones.

Topical application, in combination with vitamin E and other compounds, can help reduce the burn of a sunburn.

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