The importance of Vitamin “C” for the skin
When it comes to good skin health, vitamin C is an essential component. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C has antioxidant properties, plays a role in collagen synthesis and is effective in the prevention and treatment of skin damage from the sun. Although vitamin C is found at high levels in both the epidermis and dermis, factors, such as aging and exposure to pollutants and UV light, can lower its levels.
Clinical Studies on Topical Use of Vitamin C for Photo-aged Damage
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, clinical studies have been done to prove the effectiveness of topical vitamin C to both prevent and treat skin aging. Double-blind trials vs placebo were performed over a six month period using a topically applied cream with 5 percent vitamin C on women with photo-aged skin. The vitamin C topical was applied daily, and assessments were done before, during and after treatment. Clinical assessment by a dermatologist revealed significant improvement on a global scale of those treated with topical vitamin C when compared to non-treated control groups. There was a decrease in deep furrows, density of skin micro-relief and evidence of elastic tissue repair.
Vitamin C and Wrinkles
Human studies have also found that higher intakes of vitamin C from a daily diet produced better-looking skin appearance along with significant decreases in skin wrinkling. Further studies reveal that topical vitamin C reverses age-related structural changes between the dermis and epidermis due to aging, reduces protein fiber damage and decreases roughness in the skin. Specifically, it has been determined that the topical application of vitamin C is an effective route for the delivery of ascorbic acid to the skin. Data suggests that ascorbic acid is easily picked up at an acidic pH.
One of the most powerful functions of topical vitamin C is the major role it plays in collagen production. Collagen is the protein that gives skin elasticity. With the aging process, this important protein breaks down. As a result, wrinkles start to form. Vitamin C helps counteract wrinkles by directly increasing collagen production.
Skincare Products with Vitamin C
Today, there are a wide range of skincare products that contain vitamin C. Whether you choose a lotion or serum, experts here at the Health & Skin Center Of Miami recommend choosing a product that includes active L-ascorbic acid or ascorbic acid with a concentration of 3 to 10 percent of vitamin C. For an extra anti-aging punch, we recommend using a vitamin C skincare product that also has vitamin E. These vitamins work synergistically together for the best results. When it comes to choosing a clinical proven and results oriented line of skincare products have complete trust on us, we work with a full range of pharmaceutical grade ingredients that deliver optimal results.
By Claudia Maghidman-Garcia