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Why Vitamin C Is The Ultimate Summer Skincare Ingredient



Vitamin C Beauty

As the Aussie sun casts its warm embrace over the summer landscape, our skincare routines require a refreshing boost to combat the season's unique challenges. Enter stage left….Vitamin C, the unsung hero of summer skincare. This powerful antioxidant not only protects our skin from the harsh effects of sun exposure but also promotes a radiant and youthful complexion. 

In this article, we will delve into the reasons why vitamin C stands out as the ultimate summer skincare ingredient, how easy it is to add into your routine, as well as unveiling the numerous benefits it holds for our skin, no matter what age. 


The power of Vitamin C

Vitamin C (also commonly known as ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin renowned for its exceptional antioxidant properties. It is also loved for its myriad skin benefits, anti-ageing qualities and ability to help with our skin’s natural regeneration, repair and defence – it truly is the ultimate multitasker ingredient! 


Woman applying sunscreen

We all know that the sun is our skin's number one enemy…. along with other external environmental aggressors, it causes premature ageing (yes, we are talking those pesky little fine lines that appear out of nowhere after a day spent at the beach) and is also the sneaky culprit behind those unwanted dark spots, dullness and pigmentation. 

So….when incorporated into skincare, vitamin c becomes a total powerhouse – helping to shield our skin from free radical damage, fighting harmful toxins caused by UV rays and environmental stressors such as air pollution. 

Playing the role of defender and fixer, Vitamin C penetrates the skin, rendering free radicals harmless, so they don't wreak havoc on your elastin and collagen - the building blocks of healthy skin. Not only this, vitamin C also boosts collagen production, inhibits excessive pigment formation and helps fade away pesky dark spots, infusing your skin with a shot of radiance this summer. 


Sun Protection and Antioxidant Defence

Vitamin C acts as a natural shield against the harmful effects of the sun and whilst it doesn't replace the need for sunscreen, it can enhance the effectiveness of your sun protection by neutralizing free radicals generated by UV radiation. 


Free radicals are compounds produced by chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Evidence suggests that the biggest environmental challenge to keeping our skin looking young and healthy is this form of damage. By preventing oxidative stress, vitamin C helps to maintain your skin's health and resilience in the face of prolonged sun exposure.


applying sunscreen at the pool


Although beneficial year round - it's these benefits in particular which make it particularly valuable during the summer months. Vitamin C is scientifically proven to be advantageous when applied topically, which is why almost all skincare brands feature it as a primary active ingredient in serums and moisturisers. 


Brighten up Baby!


Summer often brings concerns about hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Vitamin C helps inhibit melanin production, the pigment responsible for those pesky dark spots and discoloration we all loathe. The good news? Regular use of vitamin C-infused products can lead to a brighter, more even complexion, providing a luminous glow that perfectly complements the sunny season.


Collagen Protection 


Vitamin C plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis, a protein essential for maintaining our skin’s elasticity and firmness. As we age, our collagen production naturally decreases, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. Vitamin C contains enzymes that help stabilize and promote collagen production so by incorporating it into your routine, you not only protect existing collagen but also stimulate production of new collagen, resulting in a firmer, more youthful appearance.


girl with tanned face

Hydration Retention


If there’s one thing the summer heat is renowned for….its leaving our skin feeling dehydrated and parched. Thankfully, Vitamin C aids in maintaining optimal hydration levels for our skin by supporting its natural moisture barrier and reducing what is known as trans epidermal water loss. It not only ensures a supple and plump complexion but also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles associated with dry, dehydrated skin.


Inflammation Reduction 


Exposure to the sun can cause inflammation, redness, and irritation. Thankfully, Vitamin C's anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the skin and alleviate the effects of sunburn, making it an excellent ingredient for calming and repairing the skin after a day in the sun. 


How do I add Vitamin C to my skincare routine?


Once you’ve decided to incorporate Vitamin C into your routine, it is recommended to choose a serum as they are much more effective when compared to toners or moisturizsers.

When choosing a serum, it's important to pay attention to the concentration of vitamin C. Look for products that contain at least 10% vitamin C, as this is the concentration that has been shown to be most effective. It's also important to note that vitamin C can be unstable, so be sure to choose products that are packaged in opaque or air-tight containers to help preserve the potency.

If you're new to using vitamin C, it is recommended to introduce it slowly, starting out once or twice a week and gradually increasing the frequency as your skin gets used to it. This will help avoid any potential irritation or breakouts that can occur when introducing a new product too quickly.


Choosing the right Vitamin C product

To fully enjoy the benefits of vitamin C during the summer, it's essential to choose the right products and incorporate them strategically into your skincare routine. Consider the following:


1 - Pairing with Sunscreen


While vitamin C offers antioxidant protection, it's crucial to pair it with a broad-spectrum sunscreen for comprehensive defence against UV rays. Vitamin C’s protective qualities can supercharge the efficacy of your SPF, creating a potent shield and ensuring your skin receives the best possible defence against sun-induced UV damage.


Research from Duke University has proven that wearing a lotion or serum with Vitamins C + E everyday under your sunscreen provides four times the sun protection of just sunscreen alone. 


2 - Serums for maximum absorption


Vitamin C serums are highly concentrated formulations that allow for better absorption into the skin. Applying a serum in the morning before your sunscreen can provide an extra layer of protection against UV damage.


3 - Consistency is key

 

Consistent use of vitamin C is key to achieving noticeable results. Incorporate it into your morning routine and be patient, as improvements may take a few weeks to become apparent.



beauty treatment


As the sun-drenched days of summer unfold, Vitamin C emerges as the ultimate summer skincare ingredient and stands out as a beacon of radiance in the world of skincare. A true workhorse, vitamin C is revered for its healing, protecting, firming and brightening qualities and offers a multifaceted approach to address the season's challenges. By choosing the right concentration, introducing it slowly, and using it correctly, your skin can enjoy all of the incredible benefits of this amazing ingredient this summer! 


 

This article is in partnership with beauty wholesaler, The Global Beauty Group. To learn more about Vitamin C, visit us at The Global Beauty Group or call us on 1300 006 607. 

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