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Antioxidants – another way to protect your skin during summer

Posted on 26. May, 2015 by in Vitamin C

We all now know that sunscreen is an absolute must everyday in the Florida sunshine. Right? And we also are aware that most of our sun damage occurred when we were in our younger years. However, it is still accumulating daily. While there are many treatments and procedures to reduce and soften fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots there are also ways to help prevent more of those annoying signs of aging from ever showing up!

This is where antioxidants come in. An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. When a molecule oxidizes it can produce free radicals in cells. Free radicals cause damage or even death to these cells. Antioxidants have been proven to remove these free radicals and inhibit further oxidation or damage.

Vitamin CVitamin CAntioxidants are widely used in skin care products. There are several antioxidants that skin care lines like to promote as the “latest greatest”. Coffee berry, Acia, Green tea, and Vitamin C are just a few out there. But out of all these antioxidants Vitamin C is the most result driven. When used in topical products, Vitamin C helps speed up the skin’s natural repair response and inhibits further damage.

There are many clinical studies confirming that Vitamin C :

*Stimulates collagen *reduces inflammation *suppresses pigmentation

*helps to retain moisture *enhances UV protection

Vitamin C helps to correct more of the signs of aging than all the other antioxidants do when used alone.

Everyone needs extra antioxidant protection, and Obagi Professional-C Serum offers all the benefits of stable vitamin C for dry, sensitive or reactive skin. Starts at $68 at Abrams Dermatology

Everyone needs extra antioxidant protection, and Obagi Professional-C Serum offers all the benefits of stable vitamin C for dry, sensitive or reactive skin. Starts at $68 at Abrams Dermatology

When choosing a topical Vitamin C it is important to choose a product that is in its most stable form. Vitamin C oxidizes very quickly – especially when exposed to the air. When this happens it becomes unstable and is then not effective in fighting free radicals and providing the anti aging benefits it is meant to do. Professional Vitamin C comes in 10, 15 and 20 % strengths depending on skin type. 10% is best for dry skin, 15% is best for normal/combination skin and 20% is best suited for oilier types. Vitamin C is also available in a prescription formula with a 4% hydroquinone that will help further with hyper pigmentation (brown spots) .

Adding a stabilized Vitamin C antioxidant to your skin care routine is an easy step and will improve the tone, texture and overall glowing health of your skin in about 4-6 weeks. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Catherine Deans, LE to see what Vitamin C is right for you.

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