In the 1930s, Vitamin C was discovered and researched as the remedy for scurvy. It was found to play a cofactor role in collagen hydroxylase as well as boosting the body’s immune system. The discovery of Vitamin C eventually led to research in its role in skin health.
The skin naturally contains vitamin C which assists in stimulating collagen growth and antioxidant protection against UV sun damage. Available evidence suggests that Vitamin C decreases signs of aging, improves skin color, lessens wrinkle depth due to increased collagen formation, improves skin tone, improves wound healing, and assists in the production of barrier lipids which aids surface roughness and dry skin.
Studies have shown that aged and photodamaged skin have lower levels of vitamin C concentration. To combat this, vitamin C can be applied topically on the skin. However, this is also dependent on the formulation of the cream or serum as Vitamin C is not easily permeable through the skin barrier. It is important to check if products contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and should have a pH lower than 4. A product we would recommend would be the skinceuticals C E Ferulic Acid Serum! Please contact our office for additional information or if you have any further questions.