This little wonder vitamin is a common ingredient in salon skincare products for its skin-loving, multi-tasking abilities. Check out the nifty benefits of vitamin C…
Any beauty therapist worth their weight in skincare products knows that vitamin C is an optimal nutrient to include in their clients’ skincare regimes. But did you know vitamin C could do this…?
1. Sun protection
Thanks to its potent punch of antioxidants, vitamin C helps protect the skin from free radical damage caused by the sun. Skincare products with a high level of vitamin C may help to protect the skin from UV radiation due to sun exposure, when used on a regular basis. “It’s known to have photo protective effects on the skin and has shown to decrease UVB induced erythema like sunburns,” says Skinstitut Australia MD and health and beauty expert, Fiona Tuck.
2. Preventing skin discolouration
Perhaps one of the spiffiest little tricks this clever skin-loving vitamin can pull off, is its ability to protect your DNA from photochemical reactions that can lead to skin discolouration. It can also help to lighten dark discolouration like age spots and freckles, creating a more even, youthful complexion.
Because vitamin C is an important factor in collagen production, it can actually be extremely useful in promoting skin healing, whether from cuts or surgical wounds, it’s ideal to recommend to clients to speed up recovery.
4. Improved skin texture
Not only can vitamin C treatments brighten and heal the skin, they can also improve its texture. Vitamin C has been shown to help promote elastin in the skin, which plumps and protects skin cells, keeping the skin smooth and moist. “It’s essential for the synthesis of collagen which in turn significantly improves skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity and decrease sallowness,” says Tuck.
5. It’s an antihistamine
Anyone who regularly takes vitamin C supplementation will know that ingesting this powerful healing nutrient can have a calming antihistamine effect on the body, reducing allergies. But did you know that it can also be equally as powerful an antihistamine when applied topically? Vitamin C in skin treatments can help to dramatically reduce the amount of inflammation (redness and puffiness) a client may present with due to conditions like allergies, rosacea and eczema.
Have your say: Do you use and recommend vitamin C treatments in your salon?