Sunscreen + Vitamin C: The Ultimate Power Couple in Skincare
Summer is all about spending more time outside. And as we start to spend more time outside, it's important that we're doing everything we can to help keep our skin protected. That means wearing a sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to help prevent harmful UV rays from damaging your skin.
Now, sunscreen works great by itself to help protect your skin, but when you add sunscreen and the powers of Vitamin C together, you get even more. These two skincare superheroes, when used together, provide a powerhouse of benefits for your skin.
So let's dive right into why sunscreen and Vitamin C are truly a match made in skincare heaven.
Sunscreen: Is it really that important?
I've talked about sunscreen so much that you're probably annoyed by how much I bring it up. But if you're still not incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine, then I really should keep talking about it.
Sunscreen is a skincare essential that is often overlooked. But the truth is sunscreen is your skin's best defense against harmful UV rays from the sun. UV rays are responsible for damaging your skin's DNA which can lead to signs of premature aging, like fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, but they can also lead to more serious skin concerns like inflammation and skin cancer.
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day is crucial in protecting your skin from these damaging effects. It's especially important as we start to spend more and more time outside.
What about Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a great addition to have in your skincare routine all year round. But if you're not one who typically uses products with Vitamin C in them, let me tell you why should, at least during the summer months.
Vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) is a powerhouse antioxidant that has been proven to provide a wide range of benefits for your skin.
Vitamin C is a key player in collagen synthesis which helps to keep the skin firm and plump. This is important because UV light from the sun actually breaks down collagen in your skin which can lead to signs of premature aging.
Spending an excessive amount of time in the sun can cause dark spots and result in uneven skin tone as your body produces more melanin to help protect your skin from UV damage. Sun exposure is also the number one cause of hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C works as a brightening agent to help fade dark spots, reduce hyperpigmentation, and even out your skin tone.
Vitamin C also has potent antioxidant properties which help to neutralize free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage caused by pollution, stress, and other external factors.
The Power Couple: Sunscreen & Vitamin C
Like sunscreen, Vitamin C can help strengthen your skin's tolerance to sun exposure, but that doesn't mean you should replace your sunscreen with it. Instead, you should combine the two to double up your skin's protection (especially during the summer months).
When used together, sunscreen and Vitamin C create a synergistic effect that amplifies the benefits of both ingredients, making them a true power couple in skincare.
Vitamin C has been shown to boost the effectiveness of sunscreen, making it even more potent in protecting the skin from UV damage. Vitamin C works by neutralizing free radicals generated by UV exposure, reducing oxidative stress on the skin, and enhancing the skin's natural defense mechanisms. This helps to prevent sunburn, dark spots, and signs of premature aging caused by the sun.
Using sunscreen and Vitamin C together in your daytime skincare routine helps to create a powerful shield against environmental aggressors, keeping your skin safe and healthy throughout the day.
Regular use of sunscreen and Vitamin C in your skincare routine can provide long-term benefits for your skin too and decrease your chance of developing some skin cancers.
This summer, make sure you're keeping your skin protected.
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