Do you like to start your day with a glass of orange juice with breakfast? Lots of people do! It’s delicious, refreshing (And vegan too! If that’s your thing) but most importantly, it’s loaded with Vitamin C.
Vitamin C gets a lot of attention this time of year. Study after study has proved that it’s one of the most effective ways to strengthen your immune system – meaning less colds and flu! There are so many sources of Vitamin C out there - from fruits and vegetables to chewable vitamins and dissolvable supplements - we’re pretty sure you’ve had at least one. And if you’re lucky, it probably kept you strong and healthy throughout the flu season.
So you know what Vitamin C does for the inside of your body, that’s a given. But what about the outside? Turns out, Vitamin C is an amazing supplement for your skin applied topically in serums, foundation and other makeup. But how does it work? And what does it do? Well, let’s back up a little bit and talk about antioxidants.
Antioxidants - it’s another very buzzy word these days. In essence, it’s a substance that helps prevent and protect against damage from free radicals - which are unstable compounds that your body creates in reaction to stress. Now, when we say stress here, we don’t just mean anxiety or busyness. A lot of things in the environment can create damaging free radicals. Things like too much UV radiation from the sun, air pollution, cigarette smoke, certain chemicals among other things can lead to them.
If left unchecked, free radicals can do a lot of damage. Over time they can damage the proteins throughout your body, your cells, and even your DNA. But antioxidants are attracted to free radicals, consuming them before they can cause any damage and strengthening areas that have already been harmed.
Okay, where does Vitamin C come in then? Well, Vitamin C is actually one of the most potent antioxidants you can find! Think about the foods that are naturally rich in anti antioxidants - oranges, berries, broccoli - they’re all super healthy (and super delicious too!). When you eat these foods, you’re really doing your future self a big favor.
Since the skin on your face is much more delicate than the rest of your body, it’s more susceptible to harm. Wrinkles, loss of collagen, dark spots and other signs of aging - they’re all signs of free radical damage. And that is where the Vitamin C comes in.
When you apply Vitamin C topically to your skin, you’re helping to repair and pause these signs of aging. The substance can help stimulate the production of collagen, resulting in plump and youthful-looking skin. As it repairs the weakened cells and proteins, wrinkles and crepey skin will appear smooth and supple.
As for a few of our recommendations? Well, obviously we’re big fans of our HD Corrective Concealer + Vitamin C. This luxurious and creamy cover-up has a potent 2% Vitamin C worked right into the formula. It’s designed to mask any darkness, imperfections, and blemishes. As you apply, the antioxidant-rich formula helps to fix those imperfections. It smooths and plumps skin’s texture while brightening any dark spots or under-eye bags. It’s almost like...permanent concealer?! Talk about a win-win!
When it comes to every day, we also recommend our Deluxe Crème Foundation. It’s filled with plenty of organic ingredients, including peptides, gold, peat and of course, Vitamin C extracts. It’s a cream-to-powder formula, so it looks really natural and smooth on your skin when you apply it. And, much like the concealer, it helps to improve and clarify your skin every single day. Increased elasticity, brighter skin tone? It’s all there!
Free radical damage is an unfortunate and unavoidable part of our everyday life, that’s the bad news. But the good news is...Vitamin C! Smoother, supple, brighter skin? It’s completely attainable, whether you drink a glass of orange juice or blend on some concealer. Believe it!
Do you have any favorite Vitamin C-rich foods? Let us know in the comments!