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The Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin Care Brands Obagi and Skinceuticals.

Updated: Oct 16, 2021

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid/L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin that our bodies do not make. We get it through diet or supplements. Vitamin C is known for being an essential nutrient in tissue repair.

While we all typically consume Vitamin C in food or supplements, our skin gains the most benefit when it is topically applied. Vitamin C enhances the production of collagen, which helps to reduce fine lines giving us a more youthful appearance. Vitamin C has been identified as an antioxidant, protecting us from sun damage of free radicals. It reduces melanin in our skin, so it helps to lighten hyper-pigmentation and dark spots.

Apply Vitamin C serum in the morning before applying moisturizer and sunscreen. According to Dr. Patricia Wexler, a dermatologist, "you won’t notice any significant changes in your skin for six to eight weeks."

You can maximize the benefits of Vitamin C by combining it with other antioxidants. “This works best with vitamin E and Ferulic acid,” says Chapas. “Together, they have optimal absorption benefits when it comes to anti-aging, skin brightening, and protection against free radical damage.”

Also worth noting: Vitamin C is notoriously prone to oxidizing. “It can break down when it’s exposed to light or air,” says Chapas. “Always check expiration dates on your products..."

We have summarized this CNN article for simpler blog reading and included our recommendations.

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