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Essentials for Summer Skincare: Vitamin C

Everyone has heard of taking oral Vitamin C supplements for your health, right?

But, what about applying the vitamin on your skin?

Topical Vitamin C is one of the oldest and most well-researched anti-aging ingredients. It is an all-around skincare powerhouse that has been one of my go-tos for years.

Here’s why I apply it daily:

  • Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that prevents compounds called ‘free radicals’ from damaging our skin. Free radicals are generated by chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Evidence suggests that the biggest environmental challenge to keeping our skin looking young and healthy is this form of damage.
  • Vitamin C prevents melanin production. This is the pigment that causes our skin to be uneven. Consistent use of a quality vitamin C serum will therefore help to lighten and brighten the skin. (And it’s safe to use during pregnancy when melasma tends to creep in.)
  • Vitamin C stimulates healthy collagen production and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that promotes wound healing, and improves the appearance of scars.

Why You Need Vitamin C in the Summer

I love soaking up the summer sun - safely. Vitamin C is a particularly necessary staple in my summer skincare routine because it helps protect my skin from damaging UV rays. Research from Duke University has proven that wearing a lotion or serum with Vitamins C + E everyday under your sunscreen provides four times the sun protection of just sunscreen alone. Medical literature also suggests that topical vitamin C can reduce your risk of UV-induced skin cancer.

UVA and UVB rays can stress out skin, but Vitamin C can help neutralize this reaction - reducing skin irritation, irregular pigmentation, collagen breakdown and photoaging that results from sun damage. Yes please!

Combined with a physical sunscreen [link to previous sunscreen blog], Vitamin C is key to keeping your skin sun-safe during summer adventures.

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During the summer, I opt for daily usage of C Glow. The combo of vitamins in this serum provides potent protection against sun damage, prevents blackheads and clogged pores, lightens aging spots and acne scars and reduces wrinkles. Like I said - Vitamin C does it all.


Dr. Zoe


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