Vitamin C for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Health Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin Care

As summer fades into fall and soon winter, your summer tan may be fading fast, but you can still keep that summertime glow by adding topical Vitamin C to your skincare regimen. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects cells from oxidative stress and can help with collagen synthesis. Practicing proper nutrition and eating the right foods, especially foods rich in Vitamin C-rich, are beneficial to the skin and the body as a whole, but using Vitamin C-infused topicals can amplify these effects even more. Here’s several reasons to add topical Vitamin C to your skincare routine.

Health Benefits of Using Topical Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals which cause inflammation. Surprisingly, our skin already has a naturally high concentration of Vitamin C levels. However, lower levels of Vitamin C have been found in both aged skin and photodamaged skin. (Yet another reason to wear your sunscreen!) Vitamin C is also a key cofactor in collagen production, which promotes the growth of healthy new tissue. By increasing the production of collagen, you may be able to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, scars and minor cuts. (Yes please!) By incorporating a topical Vitamin C serum within your daily skin regimen, you can ultimately reduce signs of aging, lighten dark spots, improve the skin’s texture, keep skin cells hydrated and increase collagen production, which can leave your complexion looking brighter than ever.

Things to Consider When Shopping for a Topical Vitamin C

When shopping for a high quality topical Vitamin C, it’s important to consider packaging. Many Vitamin C products are formulated and bottled in a way that can lead to rapid oxidation, which can unfortunately decrease its’ effectiveness. Although Vitamin C is great for your skin, it can quickly become unstable, especially when it is exposed to direct sunlight. When looking for a topical Vitamin C product, make sure the packaging bottle is dark and opaque. If the Vitamin C product itself is brown in color, it could be a sign the Vitamin C has already oxidized and has lost its strength in delivering all of its amazing skin healing properties. Finally, just like you read the labels of your food, read the labels of your skincare products. Be sure to look for L-ascorbic acid when shopping for topical Vitamin C as this is the only active form of Vitamin C.

How You Can Get More Vitamin C

One of the best ways to increase your daily intake of Vitamin C is through diet. Here are some of the top foods that are naturally high in Vitamin C:

  • Apples

  • Bananas

  • Bell Peppers

  • Blueberries

  • Cantaloupe

  • Carrots

  • Citrus Fruits (i.e. Grapefruits, Lemons, Limes, Oranges)

  • Cranberries

  • Dark Leafy Greens

  • Green Beans

  • Kiwi

  • Papaya

  • Pears

  • Pineapple

  • Raspberries

  • Strawberries

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelon

  • Winter Squash

*When looking to citrus foods for Vitamin C, remember to use both the flesh and the zest. The peel contains 5-10 times more vitamins than the fruit itself!

Besides getting more Vitamin C from you daily diet, you can also supplement with a trusted source of Vitamin C and use a topical Vitamin C serum on your skin.

Amara Marie Vitamin C Serum

Made from L-ascorbic acid, distilled water, organic grape seed oil, sunflower lecithin and soothing essential oils like cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum and lavender, our Anti-Aging C Serum helps unclog pores and gently exfoliates for soft, clear skin. After one week of use, customers have reported m even skin tone and an overall smoother appearance. Reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and pigmentation with the potent, yet gentle and regenerative properties of this topical Vitamin C Serum.

Tip: After use, apply a dab of our Facial Beauty Balm for the ultimate at-home spa experience.

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