I know you’ve heard it over and over: you must protect your skin from the sun. Nothing will make your skin age faster than the damage caused by UV rays. It causes wrinkles, dark spots, a breakdown in collagen, and an overall aged appearance. I’m sure by now you’re vigilant about wearing sunblock and staying out of the sun when possible. But I know that many of us also exposed our skin to a lot of damage before we knew better.
If you spent your teenage years trying to get a tan or just were never very consistent about wearing SPF in your day-to-day life, the consequences of those choices may be beginning to show up on your face. But does that mean you’re doomed to look older than you are for the rest of your life?
No! Fortunately, one simple ingredient can help slow and even reverse this damage. This powerful ingredient has been shown in study after study to improve skin’s appearance in just a short time.
If you haven’t guessed by now, this ingredient is vitamin C. One placebo-controlled study with 25 participants found that after just 12 weeks, vitamin C reduced fine lines and wrinkles. Another found that after three months, participants noticed an improvement not just in fine lines and wrinkles, but in tactile roughness and skin tone. In fact, that study also included a photographic assessment that indicated a 57.9% improvement in the skin of the participants treated with vitamin C compared to that of the control group!
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Other studies have even found that vitamin C can help with age spots, which occur when UV damage causes melanin to pool in one area of the skin. While they aren’t actually caused by age so much as the cumulative effects of UV exposure, they certainly make us look more wrinkled with an uneven skin tone. Vitamin C can help this fade away.
One final benefit of vitamin C is that it solves something less associated with age, but still a skin woe: acne. Yes, vitamin C can even help heal adult and teenage breakouts and prevent them from forming in the first place. So whether you’re younger or being hit with the double-whammy of acne and wrinkles that sometimes happens as our hormones shift, vitamin C is still one of your best tools for clear skin.
Système 41 Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum is the only C serum that I know of that combines a natural, non-toxic, water soluble and an oil vitamin C in a base of hyaluronic acid and additional nutrients and antioxidants. This combination gives you the turn-back-time effect of vitamin C and prevents any associated dehydration because of its remarkable nutritive and moisturizing base. Yes, this vitamin C serum is pretty close to a facial time machine.
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