Antioxidants like Vitamin C helps keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. There are plenty of foods rich in vitamin C, of course, but the body can also absorb vitamin C through the skin. That’s why, even for people using anti-aging injectables such as BOTOX COSMETIC® and dermal fillers, I recommend that our Vancouver-area patients use medical-grade products containing pure useful anti-oxidants as a part of their daily skin care regimen.
Vitamin C is probably best known for boosting the body’s immune system, but it is critical in maintaining the skin’s youthful elasticity, clarity and smoothness, as well. That’s because it provides potent antioxidant protection from free radical damage, a major cause of premature aging. The most dangerous environmental factors for the skin are sun damage and air pollution, which compromise your skin’s health every day. Vitamin C fights these free radicals, which would otherwise damage cells and break down collagen, leading to fine lines.
Nutrition Matters (But So Do Topical Treatments)
There’s little doubt that dietary vitamin C is a critical component of maintaining youthful skin. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat foods rich in Vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.
But consuming foods such as strawberries, bell peppers, and carrots is just one part of the equation. There are several products that can supplement the dietary vitamin C you consume.
At YES Medspa & Cosmetic Surgery Centre, we offer a range of skin care products that can be part of your daily routine. Unlike most over-the-counter products, these medical-grade formulas have been proven to deliver these anti-aging indispensable ingredients deep within the skin to stimulate cellular function and improve the skin’s ability to renew and rebuild.
What to Look For
Effective anti-oxidant skin care needs to have sufficient amounts and the right delivery system for topical Vitamin C. If Vitamin C is exposed to air or light it oxidizes and its job is complete. Look for packaging that prevents air and light from reaching the product before it is applied to the skin. Products that include at least 5% pure vitamin C in its list of ingredients can combat free radicals, smooth and tone the skin, and diminish brown spots. When you come to YES Medspa for an advanced skin analysis, we can help create a customized skin care plan that includes products with vitamin C to help you prevent and minimize wrinkling.
We’re especially fond of the ZO® Medical skin care line. A frequently recommended product to promote promote radiant skin is ZO Medical C-Bright 10% Vitamin C Serum. This water-free, potent formula bathes your skin in a high dose of pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) at a ratio that’s designed to give your skin a more youthful texture.