Throughout history, women have applied vitamin C to combat the signs of aging. In fact, as far back as the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), women who wanted to remain youthful looking would rub sea buckthorn on their face and hands. The berries of the sea buckthorn plant are known for their deep-colored oil that is a major source of vitamin C.
In more recent times, Native Americans made a vitamin C beauty treatment from rose petals. This became known as “ointment of rose water” because it consisted of rose oil and rose water.
Why is vitamin C so renowned in the fight against aging?
Simply put, vitamin C benefits the skin because it supports collagen production. When topically applied, vitamin C provides a skin-rejuvenating effect by improving collagen synthesis in the skin. Collagen partners closely with elastin to create a framework that provides skin firmness, strength and flexibility.
Is more beautiful skin possible just by increasing the amount of Vitamin C we ingest through foods rich in vitamin c and/or vitamin C oral supplements?
While vitamin C taken orally is important for general health, it is ineffective at increasing skin concentrations of vitamin C due to high water solubility. In other words, a large amount of the vitamin C we consume is flushed quickly from our systems. The most effective method for replenishing vitamin C in the skin is to apply it directly.
Here’s what vitamin C can do for your skin:
- Fight free radicals and sun damage, including the appearance of brown spots and post-acne marks.
- Boost collagen production for firmer skin.
- Reduce inflammation, which could lead to a myriad of skin problems.
- Improve the natural healing capacity of the skin.
- Create an overall younger-looking, firmer skin!
Please note: All vitamin C products are not created equal!
MD Vitamin C Serum was developed to penetrate deeply into the skin, providing natural protection from UV rays and infrared radiation. This water-based formulation glides on easily, and unlike other Vitamin C products, retains its potency because it remains clear and does not turn yellow for one year after opening. It’s formulated to boost radiance and improve skin texture with 20% of L-ascorbic acid (the most active, stabilized form of Vitamin C) to protect skin from environmental age accelerators. It’s considered by many scientists as the gold standard for anti-aging — delivering a firmer, more luminous complexion over time.
(product photo) MD Vitamin C Serum, $120