The Way We C It: Culprits of Premature Aging Skin
There are two types of aging, first in Intrinsic Aging, which is the natural aging process. By the time you enter your mid-twenties collagen and elastin production starts to decline. Genetics determines how quickly the aging process unfolds. Some signs of intrinsic aging include fine wrinkles, and dry, itchy skin.
The second type of aging is Extrinsic Aging. External factors that prematurely age our skin prolonged exposure to the sun, indoor tanning, smoking, pollution, and facial expressions. These cause deeper wrinkles, age spots. loss of elasticity, blotchy pigmentation, leathery skin and skin cancer.
While you cannot alter your genetics and stop the aging process there are things you can to to avoid prematurely aging skin and reverse the damage. You are advised to always wear sunscreen or long sleeved, tight-knit clothing and long-brimmed hats. Avoid skin damaging activities like sun tanning and smoking. There are a number of Vitamin C serums on the market that will help prevent and reverse wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and even acne. Before investing in an acne serum we suggest making a few lifestyle changes to maximize your results:
- Stop Smoking- it’s bad for your skin and it causes cancer
- Wear Sunscreen every day. Apply Vitamin C Serum before sunscreen, it will enhance the sunscreens effectiveness to protect you against UVB damage.
- Eat a healthy diet. Ditch sugar, soda, and trans fats and increase your intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
- Relax! Stress causes premature aging. Exercise, meditate, read, or have someone give you a massage to reduce your stress levels
- Wash your face. Regular exfoliating keeps your skin fresh and more youthful. Avoid makeup completely if you have acne-prone skin
- Wear UV protection sunglasses to prevent crows feet
Reversing Skin Damage
Vitamin C is the only antioxidant that is proven to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is the substance that binds cells together giving you a more youthful appearance. Collagen is dependent upon Vitamin C to help restore skin tone and fight wrinkles. When Vitamin C is properly delivered into skin cells it has the ability to reduce wrinkles and improve your skins tone and texture. Vitamin C accelerates healing, reduces inflammation, and strengthens the skin barrier giving you a more radiant, youthful appearance. Be aware of all the different Vitamin C derivatives and make sure you choose one that suits your skin type.
The most popular form of Vitamin C is Vitamin C-ester. Vitamin C ester is a combination of L-ascorbic acid and a fatty acid derived from palm oil. Vitamin C ester is 10 times more absorbable that vitamin C, and it does not irritate the skin, like l-ascorbic acid alone. Vitamin C ester is more stable and potent than vitamin C and can last months longer and does not cause skin irritation or redness .
Know before you Buy
- Do not buy Vitamin C that is in a jar. Make sure your serum is in a dark bottle and keep it in a cool dark place to keep it from going bad. If your serum turns brown toss it.
- Oxidized Vitamin C increases free radical formation and may cause skin irritation, burns and rashes.
- Make sure your Vitamin C concentration in no higher than 20%. If you have sensitive skin test the serum on a patch of skin before applying to your face.
- Wait until your skin has dried before applying sunscreen
- Vitamin C will stay on your skin for 72 hours, it will not wash off