We get asked a lot “what should I use on my skin?”. This is such a broad question. There are many important medically active skin products you should use every day depending on your skin type. Today, we will look at Vitamin C serums.
Ageing of our Skin – Free Radical Damage
Internal and external factors change our skin every day. The surface of the skin is our protector and many factors lead to the slowing down of new skin cells being moved to the surface to replace the old. Internally, the structure of the skin is slowly degraded as we age. Support is lost. The skin has less elasticity and is not as strong over time. Moisturisers will not change your skin. You need a product to switch your cells on and create change from the inside. This is why you use a medically active skin care range.
On the outside the dominant factors contributing to skin damage are sun exposure, air pollution and smoking. These can speed up ‘free radical damage’. Free radicals can damage cell membranes and interact with cell DNA.
Oxidation is what makes an apple turn brown in the air. Oxidation occurs in our body every day. This process of cells dying and new cells being generated occurs in the human body. When the human body metabolises oxygen, 1% of cells can be damaged in the process. These damaged cells are free radicals; they are termed ‘free’ because they are missing a critical molecule. They go on the hunt for this missing molecule from healthy cells. When they do this they can damage the healthy cells DNA. The damaged cell may then grow abnormally and then replicate. Free radicals have been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancers.
How do you stop Free Radical Damage to your Skin?
The best way to prevent free radical damage in your skin is to use a daily anti-oxidant in the correct concentration topically. Vitamin C serums are a powerful anti-oxidant at the right concentrations and can slow free radical damage. These molecules go around grabbing up the free radicals and preventing them from doing further damage.
What does a Vitamin C Serum do ?
- Protect against sun damage – hyperpigmentation and wrinkles can result from sun damage. It is one of the biggest causes of free radical damage to our skin. In combination with a sunscreen, the Vitamin C serum will help to protect the skin. It will not replace your sunscreen.
- Fades pigmentation and reduces your ability to produce pigmentation – Vitamin C serums reduce the production of tyrosinase. Vitamin C serum is a great skin lightener and brightener
- Enhances collagen production – Vitamin C is a food for collagen production. Using a Vitamin Cserum will help stimulate collagen, thickening the skin and helping to prevent wrinkles
- Reduce inflammation and irritation – these can cause many other problems in your skin is left untreated
What is Important in a Vitamin C Serum?
Make sure the Vitamin C serum is 10% or more and that it is oil soluble. The Vitamin C needs to penetrate the skin (lipid bilayer) and this can only be done with oil soluble Vitamin C. Make sure the vitamin C serum is not in a jar. In the open air it will oxidise and no longer be active.
What do we Recommend ?
At facelove medispa, we recommend REFUEL 10% BVOSC Vitamin C serum with added hyaluronic acid. The vitamin C is effective and the hyaluronic acid binds to water in the skin for maximum hydration. This product is one of our best sellers.
Where can you find these Products?
Either visit us at facelove in Elwood to try out and purchase Regenerate Skin Care products or purchase online via Regenerate Skin Care’s online store.