Free Radicals and Ageing Skin
Our skin in exposed to free radicals from UV rays, pollution, cigarette smoke and stress. But what exactly does it mean when we say your skin is subject to free radical damage? Free radicals are molecules that are missing an electron in their outer rings, making them unstable. Because of this, the molecule will essentially ‘steal’ electrons from nearby atoms in healthy cells. Thus ultimately creating another free radical and setting off a cycle of free radical creation, resulting in the destruction of healthy cells. Free radicals are thought to cause a number of skin conditions related to ageing; including pigmentation, inflammation, and the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
Repairing Skin with Topical Vitamin C
Whilst eating fruits and vegetables packed with vitamin C is good for your health. Just eating them alone will not be effective enough to fight against the skin’s ageing process. Only a very small percentage of Vitamin C actually reaches the skin from food. Which is where topical vitamin C comes in. Also referred to as L-ascorbic Acid; it is the only form of Vitamin C that can penetrate the skin and repair it.
Top Benefits of Topical Vitamin C
Anti-Ageing: Topical Vitamin C is an excellent ingredient to help the skin fight ageing. Research shows that it stimulates collagen production within the dermis, as a result ensuring that the skin remains firm and tight. Vitamin C can help diminish signs of wrinkles and give you an overall more youthful complexion.
Protects against Pigmentation and Brightens the Skin: Pigmentation is commonly known as sun spots, dark spots, freckles or melasma. It is essentially a darker discoloration in the skin, which leaves your skin tone looking uneven and patchy. Vitamin C can help to lighten the darker patches leaving your skin tone looking smoother and can help your complexion to look fresher, brighter and healthier.
Protects Skin from Free Radical & Environmental Damage: Vitamin C has antioxidant properties that help your skin protect itself from harmful UV rays, environmental damage such as air pollution, and oxygen. It also works as an anti-inflammatory to speed up wound healing. While there are numerous options available now, two of our favorite anti-pollutant ingredients are, Nopal Cactus Stem Cell and Citystem, both are plant stem cell technology ingredients. Anti-pollutant ingredients need to serve as shields, helping block pollutants from attaching to and entering our skin, safeguarding our cell’s functionality and communication. In addition, they should help strengthen our natural barrier and have an antioxidant effect to help neutralize free radicals.
Product Spotlight: glo-therapeutics 15% Vitamin C
Who knew a small bottle of Vitamin C could be so life-changing for your skin! The active ingredients inside a single bottle of glo-therapeutics 15% Vitamin C can tighten, brighten and protect your skin. It can visibly transform your complexion by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
What are the elements that make 15% Vitamin C a cult favourite?
L-Ascorbic Acid: 15% Vitamin C as an antioxidant works to fight against ageing.
As mentioned previously in this post, this element of a topical vitamin C works to protect the skin from free radicals and UV rays. As well as, helping to improve skin elasticity, diminish wrinkles, promote wound healing and suppress pigmentation.
Zinc Sulphate: The zinc in 15% Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system at a cellular level by increasing T-cells. These are antibacterial cells which can accelerate wound healing and are essential for cell growth. Zinc also aids in promoting collagen production by helping in the process of removing old stiffened collagen fibres.
L-Tyrosine: L-Tyrosine also helps with collagen production. It is one of the 20 amino acids used by cells to synthesise proteins, and so when combined with L-Ascorbic acid, it will encourage fibroblast activity to increase collagen and consequently help skin look more youthful.
Start your skincare routine by applying topical Vitamin C every morning, and start seeing results in as little as 8-12 weeks.
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