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Should I be using Vitamin C on my skin?
Written by Dr. Lydia Waterson   

Q: Should I be using Vitamin C on my skin? What form is best for me?

A: Vitamin C is crucial in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. Young skin is full of vitamin C, while aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke compound the vitamin’s decline, leading to accelerated aging of the skin. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the skin. It helps to slow down the aging process by preventing free radical damage and long-term use has been clinically proven to regenerate collagen production, thereby reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles. Vitamin C also combats and lightens sun-related pigmentation and brightens skin tone.

To specifically target and prevent your face from aging, topical vitamin C is best. 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 skin care products. Look for the ones that contain between 3% and 10% vitamin C, including the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Packaging is also very important. 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! Vitamin C is safe to combine with all your skincare products as it works synergistically with other antioxidants. For a super powerful anti-aging punch, try combining vitamins C and E.

Dr. Lydia Waterson -

Internationally accredited since 1986, Dr. Lydia Waterson practices at The Coliseum MediSpa in West Vancouver, specializing in and providing popular treatments in aesthetic medicine. www.thecoliseum.ca

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