Vitamin C and Anti-Aging
When it comes to aging we have two main factors to contend with. First is Intrinsic aging which is the natural aging process defined by our genes which we have limited control over. Second is Extrinsic aging which is the environmental factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis such as pollution, smoking, our diet, how much sleep we get and most important, our exposure to the sun. The good news is that we can control Extrinsic aging factors through many ways and one of the best is with topical Vitamin C.
You may have heard about free radicals and how they relate to the aging process, these are molecules that are missing an electron in their outer rings making them unstable. Since the free radical molecule is unstable it will take electrons from nearby atoms in healthy cells, creating another free radical. As this cycle of free radical creation continues it causes destruction to healthy cells. Our exposure to free radicals comes from UV rays, pollution, poor nutrition and cigarette smoke to name a few. Continued exposure causes a number of skin aging conditions including pigmentation, inflammation, and the breakdown of collagen and elastin which causes wrinkles.
Antioxidants create powerful protection for our skin against free radicals, through this process they have the potential to slow down the signs of aging. The superstar antioxidant L-ascorbic Acid is the only form of Vitamin C that penetrates the skin, stimulating collagen production, reducing inflammation and speeding up healing. Including Vitamin C in your diet is beneficial, but when it comes to skin care topical application gives you the powerhouse anti-aging benefits you need. By starting your skin care regimen with a Vitamin C serum every morning you’ll start seeing clearer, brighter, younger looking skin within weeks!