UV exposure and Environmental Toxins
Sunlight’s harmful ultraviolet radiation degrades the collagen that gives your skin elasticity, and, combined with environmental toxins like cigarette smoke and pollution, results in oxidative stress. As we age, the cumulative damage from UV radiation and pollution will inevitably result in sagging and wrinkled skin.
A good skincare regimen can reduce and even reverse this type of damage. Vitamin C, an important nutrient, has been shown to boost collagen production in the skin, when it is applied topically. It also prevents damage from free oxygen radicals that cause cellular destruction.
Collagen and elastin support the skin. In fact, skin’s firmness and strength rely on collagen, so it’s important to promote collage production, which declines naturally as we age.
Collagen is a structural protein that is found throughout the body. It makes up 75% of the skin, in addition to providing support for bones, teeth, cartilage, and blood vessels. The helical structure of collagen makes it stronger than steel by weight.
Skin repairs age-related collagen damage by formation of new collagen. Unfortunately, this process slows down with time.
Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production, but Vitamin C levels in our skin decrease with age. Studies have shown that use of topical Vitamin C preparations can promote the synthesis of collagen in the skin, resulting in rejuvenation and restoration of your skin.
Free radicals are atoms or molecules that have an “unpaired” electron. These molecules want to complete an electron pair, and will attack other chemical compounds in the body to gain an electron. Free radicals may attack enzymes, tissues, or DNA molecules, and the damage they cause to collagen molecules over time results in sagging and wrinkles. The body has natural mechanisms to fight free radical damage, but over time these mechanisms can be overpowered. Using an “antioxidant” like Vitamin C will boost the skin’s natural antioxidant mechanisms. Vitamin C donates an electron to the free radicals, thus neutralizing these dangerous molecules.
Vitamin C can be ingested orally, by that’s not nearly as effective as applying a vitamin C preparation to the skin surface, where the damage is occurring. Studies have shown that topical vitamin C is 20 times as effective as taking an oral vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it isn’t stored in your body. We don’t synthesize our own vitamin C, so we have to take in a supply through diet, to maintain good health. For good skin health, topical products will work to rejuvenate your skin by scavenging for free radicals and by stimulating collagen synthesis. Benefits of Vitamin C include wrinkle reduction and reduction of fine lines, improvement in wound healing, and protection against sun damage.
Your Skin Care Regimen
At BHSkin, our skincare specialists will create a custom skin care regimen to minimize damage and maximize beauty. We have fully equipped offices in Beverly Hills, Encino, and Glendale.
The doctors at BHSkin can recommend a vitamin C topical preparation that you can incorporate into your skin care regimen. Vitamin C enhances skin barrier protection, so it can be used as a moisturizer, allowing your skin to retain water that works to plump up the skin cells, smoothing out wrinkles and adding firmness.
At BHSkin, our dermatologists and skincare specialists sometimes recommend topical Vitamin C preparations to improve skin tone and texture. Vitamin C preparations can add brightness to your complexion. Vitamin C topical preparations can have an additive benefit when used with a retinoid preparation or an alpha-hydroxy acid.
Many people can reduce the need for expensive procedures by utilizing a good skin care regimen. So often, beauty creams and lotions can be ineffective AND expensive. Expert advice is available at BHSkin today, at our offices in Beverly Hills, Encino, and Glendale.