Vitamin C is an extremely exciting ingredient. In our youth, vitamin C levels in skin’s outermost two layers (epidermis and dermis) are abundant, but as we age, these levels naturally deplete. Vitamin C is a vitamin that isn’t actually produced by the body. Instead, the only way to get it is through supplements or your diet — citrus fruits like oranges are famously rich in vitamin C. Unprotected sun exposure (UV damage) and pollution can accelerate this decline, leading to skin looking uneven, feeling dull and less firm than it once was.
Vitamin C's benefits for skin are vast, research shows it can shield skin from the visible impacts of environmental stressors, including free radical damage. Including, the ability to even out skin tone and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This powerhouse ingredient is well known for its skin brightening benefits. Vitamin C is involved in many body functions, absorption of iron, wound healing and the proper functioning of the immune system.
Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which has the potential to thicken the dermis, diminish fine lines, and is essential for firm, youthful skin. On top of that, vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure.