Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a naturally occurring substance with antioxidant properties found in many foods, supplements, and skincare products; and it has many benefits. It may not cure the common cold as many believe, but it has many benefits for your skin and body; including wrinkle prevention, the fading of dark spots, healing of dry skin, and overall ‘glow’ of the face and neck. It specifically targets collagen production and cell regeneration.
There are two ways to reap the skin benefits of vitamin C: topically or internally (by supplement.) The most common topical application of vitamin C is in a concentrated serum form. This method is the quickest, if you want to see the difference very fast. Applied to the face as a concentrated serum, the immediate skin contact means the targeted area should see the benefits in as little as a week. Some popular and effective vitamin C serums are the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum ($80, 20% off here), Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum ($45), and Derma E Concentrated Vitamin C Serum ($19.99). Keep in mind, super concentrated serums such as these certainly AREN’T for everyone since they do not match the normal pH of skin, and though they provide the quickest results, if they don’t work for you or irritate your skin there are alternatives: such as the Bare Minerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF 20 ($29.50), SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation ($15.99), and TonyMoly Master Lab Vitamin C Brightening Sheet Mask Set (2 for $9).
If you (or your skin) still don’t want to go topical, foods rich in vitamin C complemented by vitamin C supplements will give you these results and more, but the results may show up slower. Ingested forms of vitamin C can prevent photo-damage and UV-induced skin damage, as well as the skin benefits of topical vitamin C, and benefits for the immune system. Foods high in vitamin C are oranges, red peppers, kale, and broccoli; and my favorite, tasty vitamin C supplements are the Nature Made Gummies.
Either way you choose to reap the benefits of vitamin C, your skin and body will thank you!