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Vitamin C: Environmental Protection for Healthy Skin
Vitamin C has been trending for several years now and for good reason. This potent antioxidant protects against environmental damage, strengthens, firms and brightens the skin. But do you really know what you’re putting on your skin or why you’re doing it? Take a look at our explanation below and you’ll be on your way to healthier skin in no time!
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that stimulates collagen production, while simultaneously working as an anti-inflammatory to speed up wound healing. But before you start adding in more citrus to your diet, know that topical application is much preferred to ingestion. When applied topically everyday, you can expect to see results in as little as 8 weeks.
Here at Glo, we focus on three derivatives of Vitamin C, each providing a different piece of the Vitamin C puzzle:
The most common form of Vitamin C, which helps destroy reactive oxidizing agents and other free radicals. Because of this ability, it provides important protection against damage induced by UV radiation. Vitamin C also improves skin elasticity, decreases wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis, reduces erythema, promotes wound healing and suppresses cutaneous pigmentation. Find it in Daily Power C, Daily Power C+, Lightening Serum and Solar Shade SPF 50.
One of the most effective derivatives available. Several clinical studies show its unsurpassed effectiveness at smoothing, brightening and protecting the skin. More specifically, Et-VC™ increases skin’s suppleness, reduces pores and hyperpigmentation and offers protection from photoaging after UVB exposure. Find it in Daily Power C, Daily Power C+ and Hydra Radiance Moisturizer.
A stable derivative that is converted into L-ascorbic Acid by natural enzymes in the skin. Provides the benefits of L-ascorbic Acid: brightening, firming and antioxidant repair, without oxidation issues. Find it in Daily Power C and Daily Power C+.
Why do I need it?
The biggest benefit of using Vitamin C is protection against free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that “steal” electrons from the nearby atoms in healthy cells, setting off a cycle of free radical creation, which ultimately results in the destruction of healthy cells and tissue. Free radicals are thought to cause a number of skin conditions related to aging, including skin darkening, inflammation and the breakdown of collagen and elastin – elements that make the skin plump and youthful. Years of exposure to free radicals causes our skin to show signs of aging.
How do I choose a Vitamin C product?
In order for Vitamin C to be effectively absorbed into the skin, choose a product with a pH between 2.0 – 3.8. Next, look at the formula and packaging. Aim for components that will slow the rate of oxidation. For some, this means darker packaging and amber glass bottles to preserve efficacy but for our Daily Power C serums, our unique Vitamin C trio prevents oxidation, regardless of packaging. Finally, look at your skin type. Both of our formulas contain the effective trio but each contains its own unique added benefits. The biggest different is whether you’re looking to prevent aging (under age 35, any skin type) or reverse aging (over age 35; dry, non-sensitive skin type).
Yes! Beyond what we all know and promote about Vitamin C, Et-VC™ shows strong clinical studies in smoothing and protecting. This can lead to softened skin, refined pores and cellular DNA protection. Not to mention, we offer two unique formulas, so any skin type can experience the many benefits.
Have you started using a Vitamin C serum in your daily routine yet? Shop your perfect formula and start preventing environmental damage today!