We all have been pounded by our mothers, dermatologists, and the media about how important sun protection is. We also know rain or shine our skin is not only impacted by the environment but of course, the sun. But did you know that if you want to MAXIMIZE your sunscreen, you should first layer a pure, clean, vitamin C serum? Why?
UV rays and environmental pollution create an oxidative process. Vitamin C helps to neutralize them and further protect your skin from damage. Vitamin C is not a barrier, like zinc and various other sunscreens, for example. Vitamin C slows the rate of damage to your skin. It's known to reverse photo-aging, pigmentation, and even decrease fine lines.
By applying vitamin C serum and then your sunscreen, you reduce the likelihood of a sunburn and you protect your skin from environmental damage. Since UV rays and pollution are the two biggest contributors to skin damage, we certainly don't want to spend time purposefully laying out in the sun. But becoming a recluse isn't an option either. Your skin's job is to block out pollution and other harmful particles from the environment, but all this effort will take a toll on the skin if you force it to work too hard. Fortunately, there are ways to support the skin in its quest to block pollution and UV damage before it harms you.
The reason that both UV rays and pollution are so harmful is that they create free radicals that bounce around and wreak havoc on the skin, breaking down collagen and harming other cells. This can lead to discoloration, dryness, and wrinkling. And you're always hearing me and other doctors recommend antioxidants. That's because antioxidants neutralize these free radicals and keep them from causing such harm. This principle applies throughout the body, but there are certain forms of antioxidants that are particularly good for the skin.
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A study recently published in the journal Nutrients has highlighted the role of one particular antioxidant source: vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin because it's beneficial both from the inside out and the outside in. This study confirms the importance of this vitamin, noting that the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, contains high levels of vitamin C that need to be maintained to ward off oxidative damage. Plus, vitamin C helps the skin regenerate vitamin E when it suffers free radical damage so that it can get back to work strengthening the skin.
Vitamin C also promotes collagen synthesis, which can help restore your skin's firmness. And if you suffer an injury, vitamin C promotes skin healing to help you look your best again as quickly as possible and minimize future scarring. To maximize your skin health, you have a few choices: never leave your house again (although you'll still need to protect your skin from indoor pollution) or ensure you're feeding your skin with plenty of vitamin C to fend off assaults from outside. I don't know about you, but I prefer the latter option.
Be sure you're eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and apply vitamin C topically as well to ensure both the innermost and the outermost layers of your skin get plenty of antioxidant power. I recommend the Système 41 Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum. We designed it specifically to refresh skin and give it the nutrients it needs to stay strong and beautiful no matter what the environment throws at it. .
To your health, naturally,