You can’t read a spa’s blog about your skin without reading how important sunscreen is for your skin! It is the best anti-aging product on any store counter—it helps prevent sun damage to your skin, like photoaging and it reduces your risk for melanoma or other skin cancers.
Applying sunscreen daily is an important part of any skincare regime, regardless of the weather. If it is daylight, there are UV rays about and those are what sunscreen protects against.
If you are interested in enhancing the effects of sunscreen, a little-known secret it to pair it with a Vitamin C treatment—like a facial or serum.
Vitamin C Benefits For The Skin
There are many names associated with Vitamin C that may be used in a spa setting. Facials or other skin treatments that have a listed ingredient of any of the following are implementing the benefits of Vitamin C for your skin:
- Ascorbic Acid
- L-Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C, regardless of its name, is an antioxidant. This means that it targets and destroys free radicals in and on your body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that harm healthy cells. They come from the normal metabolic process but can also come from outside sources like x-rays, air pollutants, UV radiation, chemicals, and cigarettes.
Vitamin C vs Free Radicals
There are two primary categories of UV radiation—UVA rays which cause photodamage to the skin’s collagen and elastin, and UVB rays which are the sun rays that cause sunburns and cancer.
A broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30SPF or higher helps fight against both UVA and UVA rays. Research has long shown that Vitamin C can play an important role as a supplementing aid to sunscreen. With the use of Vitamin C in your skin care regime, you can further the protection offered by sunscreen.
How Vitamin C Works
Vitamin C, unlike sunscreen, does not work as a barrier against damaging UV rays. Vitamin C slows the rate of damage caused by free radicals produced by UV rays and other environmental factors and helps to promote skin repair. Vitamin C treatments can even out skin pigmentation and decrease fine lines because it stimulates the collagen production process.
When To Use Vitamin C
Following the dosage amount on your Vitamin C serum, you should apply it daily and wear it all year long to maximize the benefits and keep the antioxidant hard at work. It is best to apply in the morning after cleansing your skin and then follow up with your sunscreen application.
Skin care is more than repairing damage; it is a large part preventative and making healthy choices in our products, uses, and exposure.