At the medical spa offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re focused on keeping your skin healthy and refreshed during our many cosmetic treatments. Whether you’re receiving laser treatments, Botox, Juvederm or any of our numerous services, we’ll help keep your skin protected and healthy moving forward.
One major element that can help here, both in our offices and during your everyday life? Vitamin C, which is a big part of a healthy diet for many reasons – including for the ways it benefits your skin health. Tons of vitamin C is stored in the skin, helping it protect your complexion and maintain several important areas. Let’s look at a few specific ways vitamin C impacts your skin health.
Healing and Strength
If you’re dealing with any kind of skin injury, whether it’s a cut, burn or any kind of scarring, vitamin C is a primary agent in healing. It helps form keratinocytes, which are cells that help close up wounds on the surface of the skin. Not getting enough vitamin C can slow down the healing process.
In addition, vitamin C can help maintain skin strength. It helps reduce fine lines, helping the skin feel smoother by activating fibroblasts, or cells that create new collagen for fresh skin.
Sun Damage Prevention
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it neutralizes free radicals from UV rays that will attack your skin cells and collagen. As such, vitamin C can reduce inflammation due to sun damage, plus wrinkles and dryness as well.
Aging Sign Reduction
Another benefit of fibroblast production is the way it helps prevent aging signs. Vitamin C can also slow the breakdown of collagen, which preserves skin structure for longer.
When using a product with the L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C, you’ll get benefits that penetrate the deepest layers of the skin. This kind of serum can protect against small amounts of UV light that sneak through sunblock, and can also fight inflammation caused by pollution or other contaminants.
Skin Tone Evening
This same L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C can also stop the overproduction of melanin, a pigment that may create brown spots on the skin. This condition is called hyperpigmentation, but vitamin C can help slow or even prevent its symptoms.