When it comes to supporting your health, vitamin C is a go-to nutrient, especially when it comes to your immune system.
But did you know that in addition to being vital to our everyday nutrition, people are increasingly turning to vitamin C for skin care? That’s right, while taking vitamin C supplements can support your immune system, topical applications of vitamin C serum can do wonders for your skin. And when you pair them with hyaluronic acid you’ve got an ideal combination.
In the skin care world, vitamin C is a powerhouse. When used correctly, it reduces the appearance of current signs of damage—think crow’s feet, smile lines and other wrinkles.
“Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a skin care superstar,” said Jason Rothouse, a principal research scientist for the Artistry™ skin care and beauty brand. “Vitamin C for skin has a multitude of great benefits such as helping to brighten, firm and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.”
Vitamin C is also an “exceptional antioxidant,” Rothouse said, “helping to protect the skin from environmental factors that lead to visible signs of skin aging.”
It’s actually among the strongest naturally occurring antioxidants ever discovered. Antioxidants fight against stressors like free radicals. Free radicals from sources like pollution, environmental impacts and stress age your skin.
Antioxidants neutralize those free radicals to help skin look its best now and in the future. Vitamin C for skin helps strengthen your skin’s support network. That’s why a vitamin C serum for your face should be part of your daily skin care routine, right alongside cleansing, toning, moisturizing and sunscreen.
Why should vitamin C be paired with hyaluronic acid, or HA? Because hyaluronic acid is another ingredient that can do wonders for your skin, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When the ingredients are combined, there is a synergistic effect, Rothouse said.
“For instance, we know vitamin C has a great ability to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles by strengthening the skin’s support network,” he said. “Hyaluronic acid also works to minimize the visible appearance of lines and wrinkles, but it achieves this from being able to plump the skin with tremendous amounts of moisture, giving it that healthy look.”
You can find this synergistic combination in Artistry Skin Nutrition™ Vitamin C + HA3 Daily Serum, which has three different sizes of HA molecules, each complementing and amplifying the effects of the others.
Hyaluronic acid already exists in our skin, providing those plumping benefits, but its levels decrease as we age. “The HA3 Fusion was specifically designed to address the slowing production and decreasing efficacy of skin's natural HA as we age,” Rothouse said. “Because HA can bind approximately a thousand times its weight in water,* the HA3 Fusion dramatically increases skin's hydration.”
Vitamin C serums for your face can be used as part of your morning and evening skin care routines. But there’s something you should know about vitamin C skincare products. They start losing their effectiveness when exposed to light and oxygen. To prevent this from happening, look for vitamin C skincare products in airtight packaging and store your serums in a cool place away from direct light.
Artistry Skin Nutrition Vitamin C + HA3 Daily Serum is one example. It has two types of vitamin C. The serum includes vitamin C from the extract of acerola cherries grown on Nutrilite™ farms, and the special activating cap includes 100% vitamin C powder, or L-ascorbic acid.
The innovative cap keeps the vitamin C powder sealed and fresh until you’re ready to start using it. Once the cap is twisted onto the bottle to mix the vitamin C with the serum, it will be at maximum potency for a 30-day treatment.
If any of your vitamin C serums start to look yellow, it doesn’t mean it’s harmful. But it does mean your vitamin C has deoxidized and is starting to lose its effectiveness. So, just like your daily vitamin C supplement, make sure you use serum every day to get the most benefits.
*Chabrecek et al., 1990, Cowman & Matsuoka, 2005; Schiller et al, 2011