How Vitamin C Helps the Skin

Vitamin C in a skin care regimen plays an important role in preventing photoaging and there is decades of research on this beneficial ingredient. As a potent antioxidant, it helps quench free radicals formed by UV radiation. UVA rays are the leading source of damage to collagen, elastin, and other dermal structures, whereas UVB rays (also called the burning ray) contribute to skin burning and skin cancer. When paired with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, like Advanced Shades or Sun Protectant, the skin receives multifaceted protection. 

 The Benefits of L-Ascorbic Acid Topically

  • Quenches free radicals and helps prevent photoaging
  • Influences collagen synthesis to help strengthen and firm the skin
  • Tyrosine inhibitor that helps prevent and improve the appearance of age spots, freckles, and mottled skin tone
  • Reduce inflammation and irritation from free radicals
  • Prevents and helps fade post-inflammatory spots

Recommended Products with Vitamin C 

High-Potent C is our top choice for daily use during the spring and summer months, and is suitable for most all skin types. It's lightweight, oil-free, and absorbs quickly into the skin. 

Our signature blend of vitamins A, C, and E can be found in Opti-Renew Complex. This targeted ascorbyl palmitate serum is a gentle and moisturizing form of vitamin C that is effective. 

Need more rejuvenation? Mega C is formulated with Matrixyl® 3000 and AHA complex to amplify anti-aging benefits. The Matrixyl peptide is exclusively created to repair the signs of sun damage in the dermis by helping to reconstruct the dermal fiber network in both men and women. This includes collagen, fibronectin, and hyaluronic acid synthesis. 

 How to Add Vitamin C to Your Regimen?

Any amount of vitamin C in a product is beneficial for your skin. However, 15-20% is considered a therapeutic value for skin rejuvenation. Apply your vitamin C serum in the morning after cleansing. One pump is sufficient for the face. Three pumps will provide coverage for your face, neck, and decollete. 

Always complete your morning ritual with Sun Protectant. Sunscreen is your #1 anti-aging product. It helps prevent photoaging and reduces your risk for skin cancer (Skin Cancer Foundation). Walking, driving, and daily activities all expose us to UV radiation. Apply your sunscreen to your face, neck, decollete, arms, hands, and legs -- essentially, any areas exposed to light. You take great care of your face, do it for your body too! 

How Peels and Antioxidants Work Together

From chemical peels to face lifts, ARC has experience in all facets of skin rejuvenation. Our expertise and skin care clinics operate within the scope of our license and the medical practice of a plastic surgeon. We've learned that balancing aesthetic, medical, and surgical procedures with the right home care regimen is vital to improving the skin and getting the best long-term results. 

Sunscreen and vitamin C play an important part of the treatment process by preventing future damage and facilitating rejuvenation at home. WIthout home prep, the results from aesthetic treatments are not achieving optimal performance. Chemical peels are excellent at removing dead skin cells and facilitating regeneration to improve the look and feel of the skin over time. Our acid-enzyme combination in Citrus-C Enzyme Peel and Blue Enzyme Peel deliver the benefits of antioxidants with exfoliation. 

Certain chemical peels can also be paired with microdermabrasion and/or ultrasonic technology for dramatic improvement of skin texture, sun damage, acne, and aging skin. These procedures improve the performance of home care and offer long-term benefits for achieving healthy, youthful looking skin. 

Overall, skin rejuvenation is a process that requires balance between prevention of future damage, while correcting past damage. Aesthetic treatments without daily preventative care from sunscreen and vitamin C are fruitless. 



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