What Are Vitamin C and How Does It Fight Age?

Vitamin C has been called the “king of antioxidants”. Vitamin C has been used for years to fight off infections, reduce inflammation, and stop the aging process. Vitamin C has even been said to prevent wrinkles from forming. But what are the most effective forms of vitamin C?

Vitamin C is most commonly known for being an antioxidant, which means it fights against free radicals. Free radicals cause oxidative stress in the body, which leads to wrinkling and age-related wrinkles. Vitamin C is known to help naturally eliminate free radicals, stop oxidative stress, and slow down the aging process. As it turns out, vitamin C also has a lot of other skin care benefits as well, including preventing brown spots and hyperpigmentation. The reason for this is that while free radicals do the most damage to the skin, antioxidants like vitamin C neutralize them so the damage caused by free radicals is slowed down.

Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common problems with vitamin C. It occurs when skin tone has been irregular for an extended period of time, and/or there is more damage below the surface than on the skin’s surface. Hyperpigmentation can appear as age-related changes, because it often occurs with advancing age, but it can occur at any time. Sun damaged skin, liver damage from alcohol abuse, or birth control pills can all contribute to hyperpigmentation. While dermatology experts have various treatments for various forms of hyperpigmentation, most patients choose to use vitamin C creams or lotions topically to help their skin to heal naturally.

Vitamin E creams are another popular topical treatment that contains antioxidants. Like vitamin C, vitamin E creams are powerful antioxidants that fight against free radicals. They do this without singly attacking the free-radical ingredients, which means they work in synergy to prevent more damage to the skin. In effect, these vitamin E ingredients form a protective layer over healthy skin that helps it heal itself, much like how vitamin C works to repair damage done by free radicals.

Free radicals are created when exposed to sun exposure. This process, coupled with oxygen free radicals produced by the skin’s exposure to UV rays, can contribute to the development of wrinkles and fine lines, along with age-related signs of premature aging. One way to combat the harmful effects of free radicals is to avoid sun exposure altogether, or use products containing vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants to prevent oxidative damage. For example, vitamin E is a potent antioxidant even in non-ultraviolet light, which means that people outside the sun should still use sunscreen to protect themselves from oxidative damage.

Although vitamin C and vitamin E are powerful antioxidants, they are not 100% effective at preventing the formation of free radicals. It takes a combination of vitamins and other compounds to effectively reduce the levels of free radicals and prevent their development. This is why most anti-aging creams contain a combination of other powerful antioxidants such as avocado oil, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E. Of these, vitamin E seems to be the most important due to its role in protecting the skin from oxidative damage. Avocado oil, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E are all naturally occurring ingredients and have been proven to be effective at reducing the signs of aging, although all are not effective for everyone. When choosing an anti-aging cream, look for one with these or another combination of powerful antioxidants to maximize results.