Powdered Vitamin C: does it help improve your skin?

Powdered Vitamin C: does it help improve your skin?

Vitamin C is paramount for our health in general. But how useful is it to use powdered vitamin C? Read on to discover how to include it in your beauty routine.

Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for our body but we cannot produce it naturally –unlike animals–, we need to include vitamin C in our diet through foods. Vitamin C plays a major role in maintaining healthy skin as it acts as a shield to protect the skin cells from pollution, smoking and UV rays. These environmental factors create free radicals –unstable molecules that pull electrons from your cells and cause damage. Another key function of vitamin C is to create collagen –the protein that provides our skin with structure.

Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for our body but we cannot produce it naturally –unlike animals–, we need to include vitamin C in our diet through foods.

Powdered vitamin C has recently started to become more popular. It is usually mixed with serums or moisturizers to help protect your face and it also has anti-aging effects.

It is usually mixed with serums or moisturizers to help protect your face and it also has anti-aging effects.

Benefits for the skin

In order for the skin to absorb vitamin C, it must be a form called ascorbic acid –which is unstable and breaks down with exposure to heat, oxygen or light. Powdered vitamin C contains a kind of ascorbic acid that is believed to retain more of the benefits of the vitamin than the one found in serums and lotions.

How can it improve our facial skin?

It is helpful to treat sun damage

As vitamin C, when applied topically, inhibits the production of melanin, It may help to reduce dark spots caused by sun damage.

It prevents skin sagging and wrinkles

Collagen production levels drop as we age –this is why our skin sags. The topical application of vitamin C helps produce collagen, and together with the UV protection it provides, it will prevent wrinkles.

It helps wounds heal

Vitamin C is paramount for wound healing, so its application may speed up the process and reduce scarring.

Vitamin C application may speed up the process and reduce scarring.

There are other benefits of powdered vitamin C that haven’t been proved scientifically. For example, it is often said that it can reduce dark circles under your eyes and help exfoliate.

How to apply it to your face?

It is important to make sure you are using a powder that has been made for topical use.

Steps to apply powdered vitamin c to your face:
  1. Mix powdered vitamin C with a serum or moisturizer in the palm of your hand –remember that a concentration any higher than 20% can irritate your skin.
    Mix powdered vitamin C with a serum or moisturizer in the palm of your hand.
  2. Gently dab it on your skin’s surface or the spot you want to treat –make sure you try it on a small patch of skin before applying it to the face in case you are allergic to it.

The bottom line is that vitamin C is more stable than other forms and to reap the benefits you should use less than a 4-to-1 ratio of it to your lotion or serum.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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