Start your skincare early – the benefits of Vitamin C

When we’re young we don’t always take skincare needs as seriously as when we’re older – when the wrinkles and age spots start to appear. And then we panic!

The good news is that by looking after your skin from an early age, you could well avoid that feeling of panic.

There are lots of simple things you can do to help your skin stay healthy and youthful-looking.
Obvious tips include:

  • Stay out of the sun
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet

On top of this, a professional standard skincare regime cannot be underestimated!

Because no matter how careful you are, your skin will age naturally. Depending on various factors including skin type and genetics, you will usually start seeing fine lines and wrinkles after you reach 30 years of age. Yes, this is a generalisation – if your mum was wrinkle free at 50, there’s a high chance you will be too.

When you’re thinking about what skincare type is right for you, one to consider is a system that contains Vitamin C. Why? Well Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It’s vital for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues as well as supporting the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. A super vitamin indeed!

For the skin, the key benefits of Vitamin C are skin-brightening, hyperpigmentation correcting, evening the skin tone and even reducing scars. In layman’s terms, because Vitamin C is acidic, when applied to the skin it removes dead cells and speeds up the generation of new cells. The skin, in essence, seeks to heal itself by speeding up the production of collagen and elastin, both important in keeping skin looking young.

You might think that drinking orange juice by the gallon will do the trick, however the concentrated sugar and calories in fruit juices can lead to obesity and premature aging of the skin. And while nibbling on fresh fruit and vegetables is no bad thing, applying Vitamin C directly to your skin as part of your skincare regime will give more direct results.
As with all skincare system, you may not see the results immediately. You’ll need to be patient and use your chosen products consistently.
There are many great products available, including the Obagi Professional-C range. It’s ideal for younger skin (and older skin too!). And here’s why. The range uses stabilized L-ascorbic acid – the only form of Vitamin C that can be effectively absorbed by the skin.

Professional-C Serums help minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles. There are three different strengths of serum which suit different types of skin:

  • 10% is recommended for dry, irritated or sensitive skin
  • 15% is a high-performance serum which is suitable for most skin types
  • 20% is best for normal to oily skin

Professional-C Peptide Complex can help the appearance of firmness, tone, fine lines and wrinkles and promotes a healthy, youthful glow.

Professional-C Suncare SPF 30 helps address the appearance of ageing skin and defend against free radicals.

But don’t take our word for it, 94% of 1,305 users asked were satisfied with the results. And results are key – in fact, using a clinic that offers a results guarantee is one of our top tips when you’re researching where to get your skincare advice.

Although unlike some other Obagi products, you don’t need a prescription for the Professional-C range, it makes sense to talk to a clinician to determine which serum is right for your skin and how to apply it to get the best results. If you would like to find out more about Obagi at Brigstock Skin & Laser, book your free consultation online now by clicking here or call us on 020 868 36730.

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