Wrinkles, skin spots, dull complexion but also acne and irritation don't have a chance thanks to the vitamin C serums. In fact, this vitamin, if applied locally, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory for the skin with an action proven by scientific studies, as we will see below.
Vitamin C for the skin, what science says
Vitamin C is the most abundant antioxidant found in the skin of human beings. Its action counteracts the damage of free radicals generated by some environmental factors such as UV rays, both UVA and UVB, pollution and cigarette smoke. Therefore, vitamin C helps prevent and counteract photo-aging and the formation of wrinkles, but also dark skin spots. In fact, vitamin C inhibits the production of melanin for a more homogeneous and luminous complexion (Al Niaimi et al, J Clin Aesthet Dermatol, 2017). Finally, vitamin C also has an anti-inflammatory action that makes it useful in the case of acne and rosacea (Telang et al, Indian Dermatol Online J, 2013). However, unlike plants and some animals, we are unable to synthesize this important vitamin which therefore must be introduced from the outside. The problem is that, of all the vitamin C taken from the diet, only a very small part remains available and active in the skin. Hence the importance of cosmetics containing vitamin C (Al Niaimi et al, J Clin Aesthet Dermatol, 2017).
Vitamin C cosmetics, how to make them at home and synergies
You can easily find vitamin C serums on the market. Alternatively, you can create a powerful anti-aging and anti-acne cosmetic yourself. Get vitamin C powder, which can be found in specialty stores and online. To 20 ml of distilled water add 2-3 grams of vitamin C powder, no more so as not to irritate the skin. Store in the refrigerator and use within a week. Before applying this serum on the face and neck, test a small skin sample to check that there are no allergic reactions. After applying the serum, continue with your usual treatment. One more idea? Try massaging a couple of drops of a vitamin E rich product. The photoprotective and anti-aging action of vitamin C is maximized by the presence of vitamin E. In fact, vitamin C and vitamin E together are able to protect both the hydrophilic and lipophilic part of the cell, respectively, for a complete rejuvenating action (Telang et al, Indian Dermatol Online J, 2013). Among the vegetable oils, the precious prickly pear oil is particularly rich in vitamin E (Bardaa et al, Biomed Res Int, 2020 ).