What Does Vitamin C Serum Do?
Published July 21 2017
Vitamin C Serum is the current “wonder product” on the skin care market...but what does it actually do? Let’s get into the simple science of it and discover just why the Vitamin C Serum is a necessary addition to your daily skin care regimen.
Why Do We Need the Vitamin C Serum?
No matter where we go on earth, there is no longer anything that can really be called “clean air.” Even the sun is harmful because of the thinning ozone layer, and the rain is destructive because most of our water sources are polluted. The moment we walk out on the street, our skin is bombarded by sunlight, humidity, radiation, smoke, and other pollutants. Our skin can’t cope up, and it begins to clog, stress, and age.
Can it be Just Any Vitamin C Serum?
Your Vitamin C Serum should be 10% to 20% ascorbic acid for the serum to have a clear effect on your skin. Even more than that, the pH or acidity level must only be 3.5 pH, or lower. Anything higher, and the serum won’t sink into your skin. Once you find a serum like that, it satisfies the minimum requirements for an effective Vitamin C Serum.
Vitamin C Serum reduces damage to the skin
The enemy—free radicals. These are molecules that break down the living cells and tissues they come into contact with. They occur naturally, because whenever your body does something such as digest food (break down the food) or absorb medicine (break down the medicine), free radicals escape and attack. Pollutants also tend to introduce free radicals to our skin as we walk through them. These damage our skin every day.
The solution—antioxidants. When there are enough antioxidants introduced to the skin’s surface, they neutralize the free radicals attacking and damaging our skin. The free radicals go for the antioxidants instead, becoming harmless to our skin cells. Because of this, cell decay is slowed and lessened. However, because we are exposed to new free radicals day and night, we need the benefit of antioxidants day and night.
Vitamin C Serum is a potent antioxidant, especially as it includes Vitamin E. A study shows that just 1000 milligrams of Vitamin C intake a day reduces the risk of heart diseases and other attacks by 25%, because it attracts free radicals in the body. When massaged into our skin, it acts the same way, reducing damage caused by everything our skin has to go through every day.
Vitamin C Serum repairs skin damage
More than just protecting your skin from damage, Vitamin C Serum also repairs skin damage, by aiding in the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that makes up the building blocks of our skin. When collagen is being actively produced, our skin becomes firmer, and younger. It’s something like strengthening the walls and pillars of a house. Because the amount of collagen in our skin lowers over time, Vitamin C Serum gives it a much-needed boost.
By applying Vitamin C Serum regularly, the production of collagen is encouraged in the skin. Because the collagen no longer has to deal with attacks from the free radicals, it fills out the skin, reducing wrinkles and even filling out eyebags. Eating Vitamin C supplements and even in food is not enough, since the vitamin is quickly passed through the digestive system. To actively promote collagen production, it should be massaged directly into the skin.
Vitamin C Serum brightens the skin and reduces blemishes
Not only does Vitamin C Serum protect the skin and repair its damage, it also evens our natural skin tone and brightens our skin in general. It does this by limiting the production of tyrosinase, the enzyme that causes production of melanin. Melanin is what makes our skin tone uneven. Massaging Vitamin C Serum onto the face and other parts of the body allows our skin to maintain its even, natural tone. It can even be consistently rubbed onto scars and dark spots until they fade and blend in with the rest of the skin tone.
What can Vitamin C Serum Not Do?
Vitamin C Serum is not meant to be a face cleanser, facial wash, a moisturizer, or a toner. All of these have their places in the skin care regimen. For the water-based Vitamin C Serum to reach the skin, the excess oil should be first removed with mild facial wash. Toner should be applied next, to firm the skin and close the pores. The Vitamin C Serum comes next, to repair facial damage and protect the skin. Last is the moisturizer and (or) sunscreen, to keep the skin soft and to add an extra layer of protection.