Secret #1: Vitamin C- Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke compound the decline of vitamin C, contributing to signs of aging. The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to combat and even reverse time’s effect on your face.
One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.
When it comes to treating age spots, you don’t need chemical peels and lasers – it turns out that vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, vitamin C protects against and may repair UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. Topical vitamin C is sold in a wide range of products from serum to lotions. Look for products that contain between 3% and 10% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Pay extra attention to the packaging – all antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. Unless the product is in an airtight and opaque package, don’t buy it!
Apply topical vitamin C once a day, ideally after you’ve exfoliated in the morning to utilize vitamin C’s sun-protecting properties. On rare occasions, topical vitamin C can cause some mild dryness or flaking. Counteract this side effect with a moisturizer. This topical nutrient is safe to combine with all your other skin care products and even works synergistically with other antioxidants. For a super powerful anti-aging punch, combine vitamins C and E together.”
The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. While some people see changes as soon as 2-4 weeks, it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a difference. After around 6 months, you’ll reach the maximum benefits.
I’m really glad that I was given the opportunity to try out a Vitamin C Serum. After looking into Day By Day as a brand and corresponding with their co-founder Pamela (hi!), I feel really comfortable buying from them and using their serums on my face. When it comes to skin care, I think it’s really important to trust the company that you’re buying from so it’s kind of a big win for the future of my skincare that I connected with Day By Day. I like that Day by Day has released a safe, natural product that’s aimed at improving one of the most important parts of my body: my mug.
You, too, can try out Day By Day’s Vitamin C Serum. My bottle was shipped through Amazon.com with fast delivery so I was able to start using my serum immediately after I placed the order. Order yours through Amazon, too, and let me know what you think after you’ve tried it!
Day By Day also manufacturers and sells a Hyaluronic Acid (an advanced moisturizing serum with vitamins C&E) that I recently had the opportunity to try out. I haven’t been using this product very long so I can’t speak to the long term effectiveness of it but I can tell you that I appreciate the texture of the acid and how my skin feels after I apply it (which is after my daily shower). It’s significantly thicker than the Vitamin C Serum but is gentle on my sensitive skin. Here’s what Day by Day has to say about their product:
Day by Day Beauty’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum is an ultra-light, gel formula that moisturizes the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. This product is best used along with our popular Vitamin C Serum.
Hyaluronic Acid provides a moisturized complexion that gives you that youthful and radiant look!
Day by Day Beauty’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum delivers a BOOST of moisturize to any skin type – including aged, delicate & sensitive skin.
Additionally, Hyaluronic Acid holds moisture and adjusts its absorption rate based on your environment & air humidity levels. So this one skin Serum will deliver what YOUR skin needs, regardless of your skin type or location! With consistent use, you’ll see a reduction in fine lines & wrinkles. Additionally, infused antioxidants will help protect your skin from environmental aggressors and free radicals.
You can purchase a bottle of Hyaluronic Acid on Amazon through this link.