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The greatest skin care professionals never cease to sing the praises of this little vitamin with big ambitions, whose energizing benefits on our metabolism are well known. It is less obvious, however, to disentangle the true from the false when it comes to targeting its cutaneous action. To what exactly does vitamin C owe its title of queen of glow, and why is it indispensable for the protection and preservation of our precious epidermis? Zoom in on this magician of time.  

The greatest skin care professionals never cease to sing the praises of this little vitamin with big ambitions, whose energizing benefits on our metabolism are well known. It is less obvious, however, to disentangle the true from the false when it comes to targeting its cutaneous action. To what exactly does vitamin C owe its title of queen of glow, and why is it indispensable for the protection and preservation of our precious epidermis? Zoom in on this magician of time.  

What exactly is vitamin C used for?

It is well known that a daily consumption of foods high in vitamin C is essential to stay in top form, especially since our body is not able to produce vitamin C.

To name just a few of its hidden talents, vitamin C comes to the aid of tired immune systems, facilitates iron assimilation, preserves the density of our bones and tissues, and even reduces the release of histamine, providing great relief to poor souls suffering from seasonal allergies.

However, its popularity with our body means that the skin is the last on the list to benefit from it, and in minute quantities, which is why experts recommend adopting a cutaneous approach using molecules synthesized from glucose, such as the very common ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid and ascorbyl palmitate.

Regular application allows these molecules to tackle three major concerns: the development of pigmentary spots, a decrease in collagen production and above all cellular ageing linked to the harmful effects of free radicals, UV rays and pollution particles.

A veritable atmospheric shield, vitamin C protects the integrity of our DNA and our cells while boosting collagen production, acting on fine lines and sagging skin, but also strengthening the protective hydrolipidic barrier often compromised by sensitive and reactive skin.

More commonly known for its anti-spotting virtues, it slows down and regulates the synthesis of melanin responsible for the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and also diminishes the appearance of existing spots (it should be noted, however, that no skin product, regardless of its concentration or its dizzying fame, can replace a laser when it comes to completely eliminating large spots).

Naturally anti-oxidant, it also gives a boost to dull complexions and evens them out day after day. Finally, it ensures the proper healing of our tissues and tempers skin inflammation, making it a precious ally for those who can't always help but get their hands with their imperfections.

His weak spot? His strong character! Its constitutional instability gives chemists a lot of trouble, since it tolerates neither light nor heat and oxidizes very quickly, hence the great strength of the products in powder form which are activated manually at the time of use, but also of the tinted bottles.

It is therefore better to consume your vitamin C care without too much delay, so as not to waste a single drop of this elixir of youth with a thousand and one benefits.  

How do we adopt him?

Needless to say, this multifunctional vitamin amply deserves its reputation as a superhero of the complexion.

It is suitable for all skin types, since it acts effectively on mature complexions prone to hyperpigmentation, fine lines and loss of firmness, but above all because it is the key to a preventive routine due to its incomparable antioxidant action.

Only extremely sensitive skin should approach it with great care. Since it protects our cells from oxidation caused by our environment and UV rays, it is religiously applied in the morning to the entire face and décolleté.

To minimize the risk of irritation, ensure that the skin is dry to the touch before application. For optimal protection, never overlook your favourite broad-spectrum sunscreen.

 

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