Why Use Vitamin C In Your Skin Regime - SkinMiles South Africa

Why Use Vitamin C In Your Skin Regime

Vitamin C For Younger, Glowing and Healthy Skin

In both a topical and oral form Vitamin C’s main function is to act as an antioxidant which protects the skin from free radicals. Free radicles such as environmental factors (pollution, smoking, UV Damage, skin irritants, etc.) have been shown to age our skins faster. So by adding Vitamin C to your skin care regime a number of benefits can be achieved.

Vitamin C Benefits:

  1. Stimulates collagen production which in turn improves fine lines and wrinkles and gives us a firmer feeling skin
  2. Pigmentation and brown marks: helps to reduce pigmentation
  3. Inflammation from free radicle damage is reduced helping with sensitive skin and slowing the ageing process
  4. Boosts the immune response of the skin
  5. Recent evidence shows that Vitamin C can boost the effectiveness of our sunscreens so apply Vitamin C onto clean dry skin followed by your SPF
  6. It has been shown to reduce the appearance of post acne blemish marks

Recommended Products:

Add a few drops of SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic (15% Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid) treatment to your daily skin care regime for dramatically brighter, firmer and healthier skin.

Vitamin C & Vitamin A Combo Tip:

You can target a pigmented or brown spot, or a red mark or even a wrinkle by combining these two vitamins directly on your area of concern for added results: add a small amount of the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 on the area after applying the SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic.

Vitamin C Types:

There are a number of different types of vitamin C and the following have been shown to be beneficial when added to your skin care regime (follow the links to find out more about each):

Final Tips:

  • Look for concentrations of 10% and higher for maximum skin benefits
  • Add Vitamin C with other anti-oxidants such as retinol (or vitamin A) and vitamin E
  • Only use Vitamin C in bottles that are not clear (dark coloured or non-see through is best) to keep the ingredient as stable and as effective as possible

I hope you have found the above article interesting and that you have a better understanding why one should use Vitamin C on the skin and in your skin care protocol. Please feel free to send me any questions you have with your skin concerns or skin regimes.

Kind regards

Dr Alek Nikolic

Need More Info?

  1. Further Reading & Recommended In Depth Articles:

  2. For More Skincare Advice:

  1. See Our Full Treatment Product List With Vitamin A: please click here

  2. Dr Alek Nikolic’s Top Vitamin C Picks:

References:

  1. Dermatol Surg. 2005 Jul;31(7 Pt 2):814-7; discussion 818. Topical vitamin C: a useful agent for treating photoaging and other dermatologic conditions.
  2. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Nov;67(5):1013-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2012.02.009. Epub 2012 Mar 9. The role of antioxidants in photoprotection: a critical review. Chen L1, Hu JY, Wang SQ.
  3. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Sep;59(3):418-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.05.004. Epub 2008 Jul 7. A topical antioxidant solution containing vitamins C and E stabilized by ferulic acid provides protection for human skin against damage caused by ultraviolet irradiation.
  4. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Sep;59(3):418-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.05.004. Epub 2008 Jul 7. A topical antioxidant solution containing vitamins C and E stabilized by ferulic acid provides protection for human skin against damage caused by ultraviolet irradiation.
  5. Skin Res Technol. 2008 Aug;14(3):376-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0846.2008.00288.x. In vitro antioxidant activity and in vivo efficacy of topical formulations containing vitamin C and its derivatives studied by non-invasive methods.

 

 

Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town.

Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally.

Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

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