Why This Common Vitamin Is the Key to Flawless Skin
Vitamin C: you know it as the citrus-based supplement you turn to when your immune system is on the brink, but did you know this common ingredient is also a bonafide skin brightener? True story. Not only is it one of the most well-researched vitamins out there (snaps for safety), it's a one-stop-shop when it comes to a perfect complexion. Easy and effective? Count. Us. In.
We reached out to EmerginC founder Ian Lirenman for the insider intel on this common anti-ageing ingredient (EmerginC launched with what is now a cult vitamin C serum, so he would know), and his answers surprised even us. Keep scrolling for five reasons why vitamin C is the key to flawless skin!
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"Vitamin C is a key co-factor in the production of collagen which helps to firm the skin," says Lirenman. Essentially, without sufficient levels of the nutrient, collagen creation can slow resulting in a sagging effect. Lirenman also points out that our bodies cannot manufacture vitamin C on their own, so: "A food and skincare diet rich in vitamin C is important for skin health." Noted.
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Think of vitamin C as that one-in-a-million pal who never fails to bring out the best in others. According to Lirenman it boosts the effectiveness of other antioxidants, like vitamin E, when combined in the same formula. Try a mist-on spray to include it in your skincare routine with minimal effort.
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Is there anything vitamin C can't do? Lirenman explains that the humble nutrient helps to "increase ceramide synthesis in the skin", which then improves skin moisture. Basically it teaches your skin how to hydrate from within instead of just layering a moisturiser on top.
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"Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps fight free radical and sun damage, the leading causes of premature ageing in skin," advises Lirenman. This means it has the power to prevent premature ageing, which as we know is more effective than fighting the effects after the fact.