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Vitamin C

How should I use vitamin C to help my skin look younger?

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  • A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. Topical vitamin C is sold in a wide range of products from serum to lotions. Look for products that contain between 3% and 10% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Pay extra attention to the packaging -- all antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. Unless the product is in an airtight and opaque package, don’t buy it!

    Apply topical vitamin C once a day, ideally after you’ve exfoliated in the morning to utilize vitamin C’s sun-protecting properties. 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. For a super-powerful anti-aging punch, combine vitamins C and E together.

    The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. While some people see changes in as soon as two to four weeks, it may take others six to eight weeks to see a difference. After around six months, you’ll reach the maximum benefits.

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