I ran into a friend the other day who I hadn’t seen in a long time. She said to me, “Your skin looks amazing. What’s your secret?” It’s my business for my skin to look amazing and interestingly enough, that day I would not have said that (I am my own worst critic).
But really, if my skin looks amazing it’s because I walk my talk. I use great all-natural products packaged in glass (not plastic 😉 ), I keep hydrated, and I nourish my body with healthful foods.
However, I am doing something different that I hadn’t realized in that moment. I’ve been experimenting with a new product I am in the midst of creating—a Vitamin C serum. And with my son back in school and exposed to new germs from his wonderful friends, I’ve been supplementing with Vitamin C (all natural, Camu Camu powder). Because I use myself as a guinea pig for the new products I service my clients with, my skin is reaping the benefits of this great new product AND from the internal Vitamin C supplementation.
Remember, true skin care is inside and out.
There are lots of Vitamin C serums on the market and I’ve several brands and spent a good amount of money on them. When I started experimenting with the creation of my own a year ago, I had many failures mostly due to the ingredients I was using. With all the trial and error and the countless hours of research, I discovered something very interesting…at least to me. Lean in…are you ready?
Vitamin C is not very stable in skincare products.
“What?!” you say.
Truth. When Vitamin C is exposed to air it becomes oxidized.
“What does that mean?”
This means it loses its efficiency and could cause harm by increasing the amount of free radicals, which is exactly the opposite of why you purchased the product to begin with.
“Ahhhh!” Crazy, right? AND many sources of L-ascorbic acid used in these very expensive products are, truth be told…GMO. “Nooooo!”
BUT let me get to why Vitamin C is great for your skin.
It’s an antioxidant.
It stimulates production of collagen, elastin, and cell renewal.
It brightens the skin, and reduces the discoloration of skin caused by free radicals.
It combats free radicals. Free radicals = wrinkles associated with premature aging.
It prevents acne.
It improves the appearance of Rosacea.
It reduces inflammation.
It strengthens skin’s barrier.
I could continue, but it’s clear that Vitamin C is particularly beneficial for youthful, healthy…even glowing skin.
Many would argue that it is only beneficial if applied topically. I disagree. Inside and out, sister. Inside AND out.
While topically applying Vitamin C is 20 times more effective for your skin than ingesting it, it is vital to also include an internal Vitamin C regimen.
Vitamin C in the diet enhances skin health and faster healing.
Diets high in Vitamin C are linked to smoother skin and fewer wrinkles.
Higher intakes of dietary Vitamin C restore lost moisture in the skin, prevent sagging, and plump up the skin’s surface.
Now of course, the best source of ingesting Vitamin C is with fruits and vegetables. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cucumber are great sources of Vitamin C. Other obvious sources are oranges, grapefruit, red and green peppers, kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe, baked potatoes, and tomatoes. Or taking 500 milligrams a day, which can easily be received in daily multivitamins or vitamin C supplements.
Again, applying Vitamin C topically is VERY effective in rejuvenating and replenishing your skin. It is recommended to add to your skincare regimen. But finding a product that has retained the integrity of Vitamin C is a tall order.
If you have a product you feel works, keep using it. However, I recommend investigating the ingredients, because what’s the point of putting Vitamin C on your skin if it’s a GMO source?
Keep your eyes peeled for Danu Skincare’s Vitamin C serum coming VERY soon online. Its ingredients naturally contain a high concentration of Vitamin C so there’s no need to worry about oxidation from synthetically created forms or GMOs.