A Sea Change for Your Skin Care

When it comes to sunshine and skin care, sunscreen dominates the conversation—as it should. But there is another darling that dermatologists and aestheticians agree can be a secret weapon against UV damage and age-related issues. Here’s a quick rundown of how to incorporate vitamin C into your daily routine and why you should.

What is vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it protects your cells against harmful free radicals. These free radicals, mostly caused by UV exposure and pollution, can encourage premature aging, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.

How does it work?

Because of its acidic nature, vitamin C triggers a healing response when applied on the skin. The  natural restorative mechanism of the skin is to produce collagen and elastin, which will make it appear smoother.

What can it help?

Vitamin C can help correct brown spots, dull or dry skin, fine lines and acne scars. It can be used as a preventative measure against wrinkles or sunspots. People with extra-sensitive skin should probably steer clear of vitamin C, although there are other products for these folks too.

How to use it?

There are dozens of products on the market boasting the benefits of topical vitamin C, but be sure to look for the ones containing ascorbic acid (sometimes listed as L-ascorbic acid). The Spa at Bellevue Club carries the SkinCeuticals vitamin C series, which includes C E Ferulic, Silymarin CF (for acne-prone skin) and Phloretin CF. You can also double up protection with Physical Fusion SPF or relax with the Vitamin C facial.

To find out more about these vitamin C–based products and services, email spa@bellevueclub.com.


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