On Dr Oz show, plastic surgeons Dr Shirley Madhere and Dr Leif Rogers joined Dr Oz to reveal the secret to looking 10 years younger: topical vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant crucial for maintaining healthy skin. Several factors such as such as aging, pollutants, smoking and exposure to sunlight can lead to depletion of this nutrient.
Vitamin C & Wrinkles
As you age, collagen breaks down and results in wrinkles and fine lines. Replenishing your skin with vitamin C increases collagen production and improves skin elasticity.
Vitamin C & Age Spots
Age spots are sun damaged skin. Vitamin C acts as a skin lightener and brightener. It reduces sun burned cells and reverses age damaged skin. It protects against and repairs UV damage such as age spots, wrinkles and discoloration.
Topical Vitamin C vs. Oral Vitamin C
While oral supplementation of vitamin C is great for overall health, topical vitamin C is best for targeting skin aging. When you apply it topically, you get 20 times more vitamin C into the skin than when you take it orally. Topical vitamin C is available in the forms of creams, lotions and serums.
How to Choose A Topical Vitamin C Product
When buying topical vitamin C products, Dr Leif Rogers suggests that you look for:
- 3-10% vitamin C (human studies showed that up to 10% is effective)
- active ingredient: ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid
- airtight and opaque package (vitamin C is easily oxidised when exposed to air and light)
Can You Mix Topical Vitamin C With Other Products?
According to Dr Madhere, there’s no problem with mixing topical vitamin C with other products. Topical vitamin C works well with:
- alpha hydroxy acids (AHA): AHA exfoliate & aid in the penetration of vitamin C.
- vitamin A compounds such as retinol.
- other antioxidants, especially vitamin E.
- oral phytoceramides.
Dr Medhere recommends mixing vitamins C and E as a powerful anti aging combination.
Personally, I’ve been using a moisturiser with vitamins A, C (ascorbic acid) and E for several years. My skin is definitely smoother and brighter. I highly recommend these topical antioxidants!
Since antioxidants become oxidised and lose their effectiveness easily, I only buy topical antioxidant products that come in an opaque, pump dispenser. This minimises the exposure of the content to air and light, and thus limiting oxidation.