If you’re trying to look younger, drop those expensive creams and serums that are packed with chemicals. There’s a natural way that you can easily drop a decade from your face.
The answer is as simple as getting more vitamin C, whether you get more vitamin C in your diet, you take a vitamin C supplement, or you apply it topically.
Why Try Vitamin C?
This vitamin is one of the most important vitamins for the body, and it plays a huge part in ensuring that your skin is healthy. Young, healthy skin is naturally full of this vitamin, but over time, skin can begin losing this nutrient.
Cigarette smoke, pollutants, and UV light can all reduce levels of vitamin C in the skin, which may cause the signs of aging to appear on your skin.
However, by replenishing the vitamin C within the body, and your skin, you can slow aging and even reverse some of the signs of aging.
Here is a look at how vitamin C can help reduce and reverse the signs of aging, making you look a decade younger.
Vitamin C Helps Eliminate Wrinkles
Vitamin C can also help to prevent and even eliminate wrinkles. Vitamin C is essential to collagen production, and collagen contributes to keep skin elastic.
Collagen tends to break down as you grow older, which allows those wrinkles to form. By increasing vitamin C in the body, you can also increase the production of collagen, treating current wrinkles and preventing further wrinkles.
Vitamin C Treats Age Spots
First, age spots can easily be treated with vitamin C, since most age spots are a result of sun damage. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help to reduce damage to the skin from the sun and the aging process.
Instead of turning to lasers or harsh chemical peels, simply start increasing your intake of vitamin C. While you still need to make sure you wear sunscreen when you’re outdoors, it will help to repair current UV damage and will protect your skin against age spots in the future as well.
Vitamin C as Your Anti-Aging Rx
To get started, adding vitamin C to your diet via food or supplements can be beneficial. This helps to increase the level of vitamin C throughout your entire body, which will ensure your skin has more vitamin C.
However, you can also apply vitamin C topically, which offers excellent results. You can find vitamin C in many natural lotions and serums. For the best results, you’ll want products that have 3-10% vitamin C. Specifically look for the active ingredient L-ascorbic acid or ascorbic acid.
When buying these products, ensure that the product is contained in an opaque, airtight package, since vitamin C can deteriorate when exposed to light or air.
Here’s the homemade vitamin C mask recipe and for a super powerful anti-aging punch, combine vitamins C and E together.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tsp of powdered Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
- 2 or 3 Vitamin E liquid gel capsules
- 1 or 2 drops of distilled water (optional)
- Mix the ingredients together in the small glass bowl to make a creamy paste. Immediately the mask starts to foam and form little bubbles.
- Using your fingertips, apply the mask to damp face and gently rub in circular motions over your entire face and neck, avoiding the eye areas.
- Let the mask sit on the skin for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
- I normally rub iced-cube buttermilk on my face after any mask application.
Note: Remember that the key to this recipe is the freshness of the Vit C so mix only as much amount as you can use in one application. NEVER use metallic tools in this recipe as they can react with the Vit C.
① If you’re going to use vitamin C topically, you should apply it once daily. It’s best to apply after exfoliating in the morning so you can enjoy the UV protection it offers.
② In some cases, vitamin C can cause flakiness or dryness, but you can deal with this by using a good moisturizer on the skin.
③ 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.
④ Vitamin C can easily be combined with any skin care products that you’re already using, and it works wonderfully when combined with vitamin E.
⑤ The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. In most cases, you’ll start noticing benefits after using vitamin C for 2-8 weeks.
⑥ 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.
⑦ People with sensitive skin should be cautious when using this mask because it is very stimulating.
⑧ If you feel any burning sensation, rinse the mask off immediately. Some tingling may occur due to the oxidation of the Vitamin C powder.