benefits of vitamin c for face skin

benefits of vitamin c for face skin

  Vitamin C on the face is an excellent strategy to eliminate dark circles and blemishes on the skin, especially those caused by the sun or inflammatory processes, such as acne scars, leaving the skin more uniform and shiny, as it acts on the formation of melanin, which is responsible for skin pigmentation.

 In addition to softening the blemishes on the face, products with vitamin C also help to eliminate wrinkles and expression lines, as they stimulate the formation of collagen, which gives firmness and tone to the skin, in addition to having antioxidant action, which protects cells against aging.

 Products that contain vitamin C to apply on the face can be easily found in pharmacies, but they must be prescribed by a dermatologist, so that the best treatment for each skin type is guided.  In any case, and for the effect of vitamin C to be prolonged, you should use sunscreen on your face daily.

 Benefits of using vitamin C on the face

 Vitamin C has numerous benefits for the skin, as it has a complete action, contributing both to the structure of the skin, giving it firmness and elasticity, and to the most superficial layer, promoting protection against UVA and UVB rays.

 Among the main benefits of vitamin C on the face are:

 Lighten the skin, fighting the spots caused by the sun, acne or freckles;

 Combat the first signs of skin aging;

 Reduce wrinkles and expression lines;

 Protect cells from the action of free radicals;

 Moisturize the skin in the right measure, without leaving it oily.

 A great way to take advantage of all the benefits of this vitamin is to include a cream with vitamin C in your daily skincare routine, applying it once a day, after washing the skin with water and soap suitable for the face. 

 In addition, including vitamin C in food is essential to enhance the effects on the skin.  For this, just increase the consumption of foods such as oranges, acerola and broccoli.

 How to choose the best vitamin C for the face

 To choose the best vitamin C for the face, it is important to take into account 2 important points:

 The concentration present in creams and serums, that is, the higher the concentration, the greater the whitening effect on the skin;

 The association with other actives, which in addition to enhancing the effects of vitamin C on the skin, help to nourish and hydrate the face more completely.  Among the active options are organic silicon and hyaluronic acid. 

 You can find vitamin C in most cosmetic products, especially when indicated to protect the skin from the sun.  However, the most important step when choosing the best vitamin C for the face is to consult a dermatologist, as this professional will carry out a complete evaluation of the skin and the ideal concentration for each case, as well as the need for some other aesthetic treatment to better absorption.

 Some examples of creams and lotions with vitamin C for the face that may be indicated are:

 Payot's Vitamin C Complex.;

 Derma Complex Concentrated Vitamin C 20, by Adcos;

 Active C by La Roche Posay.

 Compounded vitamin C is also an excellent option when compared to cosmetic products, as higher concentrations of vitamin C can be used in the compounding pharmacy than in the cosmetic industry.  While you can order a cream with up to 20% vitamin C at the compounding pharmacy, most cosmetic brands sell creams with concentrations ranging from 2 to 10%.

 How to use vitamin C on the face

 Creams and serums with vitamin C can be used daily, preferably before bed, to enhance the effects throughout the night and avoid the risk of skin blemishes from sun exposure.

 It is also recommended to exfoliate the face before applying the cream, to eliminate dead cells and promote greater absorption of the actives.  It is recommended to exfoliate the skin only twice a week.

 The cream must be applied from the center to the end of the face, that is, from the nose to the ears, with movements against gravity, for about 10 minutes.

 How to make a homemade vitamin C mask

 In addition to creams, another good way to get the benefits of vitamin C for your face is to apply a homemade mask made with vitamin C powder or other natural products that contain vitamin C.

 It is recommended to carry out the treatment at night and, before applying the mask, clean the skin properly, with warm water and neutral soap, to remove all dirt and oil from the skin.  Then, an exfoliation should be performed to remove dead cells from the outermost layer of the skin and to promote greater absorption of vitamin C. Check out the steps to make a homemade skin cleanser.

 Vitamin C Powder and Honey Mask

 The powdered vitamin C mask is an excellent option for lightening the skin, as in addition to protecting against the effects of the sun, it has a moisturizing effect enhanced by honey.  You can find vitamin C powder at compounding pharmacies.

 Ingredients

 1 teaspoon of powdered vitamin C;

 1 coffee spoon of ground flaxseed;

 1 tablespoon of honey.

 Method of preparation

 Mix the ingredients until obtaining a homogeneous mixture and apply directly to the clean face, leaving it to act for about 10 to 15 minutes.  After that, wash your face with warm water and liquid soap.  This mask should be used 1 to 2 times a week.

 Aloe Vera and Rosehip Oil Mask

 The homemade mask with aloe vera, also known as Aloe vera, and rosehip oil is rich in vitamin A and C and has a regenerating effect, reinforcing the production of collagen and elastin, which strengthens and gives firmness to the skin, helping to maintain the integrity of the skin and to attenuate wrinkles and expression lines.

 Ingredients

 2 teaspoons of aloe leaf gel;

 4 drops of rosehip oil.

 Method of preparation

 Separate the gel, extracted from the aloe leaf, in a container and add 4 drops of the oil and mix for 1 minute.  Then apply all over the face and let it act for 20 minutes.  Then wash your face with cold water.  This mask can be applied once a week.

 avocado mask

 Avocado has in its composition vitamins A, C and E, which help to give life and firmness to the skin, in addition to contributing to the production of collagen.

 Ingredients

 1 avocado.

 Method of preparation

 Remove half of the pulp from 1 avocado, mash it and then apply it on the face and let it act for about 20 minutes.  Finally, wash your face with cold water and dry with a soft towel, without rubbing your skin.  This mask can be used 3 times a week.

 Can a pregnant woman apply vitamin C on her face?

 Pregnant women can also use vitamin C face creams to lighten blemishes caused by pregnancy, but it is important to know that, as these blemishes are caused by hormonal factors, they may take longer to disappear.  Even so, before starting any treatment, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist.

 Can vitamin C cause or worsen skin blemishes?

 Vitamin C has a whitening effect on the skin, as it acts by inhibiting the formation of melanin, being one of the most potent ingredients to combat blemishes.  However, when used incorrectly, it can increase the pigmentation of the treated region, harming the treatment.  The ideal is to use creams with vitamin C at night, but if there is exposure to the sun, it is necessary to use sunscreen after the treatment.

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