These days, not sleeping is a badge of honour. Executives boast of how they get by on three hours of sleep, and there are entire industries dedicated to keeping us all awake. Between smart phones, energy drinks and streaming entertainment, there is so much that entices us to skip out on sleep.
The Value of Vitamin C
At Africology, we love using vitamin C in our skin formulations, and especially in our Vitamin Booster Serum. We use a potent, hyper-nourishing extract, which our users can smell the moment our serum is applied to the skin. By using a natural extract, our serum is easily absorbed into the dermis.
It is also ideal for most skin types, though those with hypersensitivity should be careful when using richer applications.
The Benefits of Vitamin C
Besides its famed and tested benefits in boosting our overall immune system, when it comes to the skin, vitamin C is truly a secret weapon. It is also known as ascorbic acid, a powerful antioxidant that fights the effects of UV photodamage and aging on the skin. It also plays an important role in collagen synthesis, improving the overall texture and elasticity of the skin.
It is naturally found in the skin, and as the skin ages and suffers damage, we see lower levels of vitamin C in the dermis and epidermis. Besides aging, exposure to pollutants (such as cigarette smoke and ozone) also diminishes the levels of vitamin C in the skin.
Application and Use
Vitamin C must be carefully stored, as it is sensitive to air, heat and light. Our Vitamin C serum is wrapped in orange to ensure that no light reaches the serum. Serum bottles should be stored somewhere cool and dark, and that the lid is secured tightly between each use.
Twice daily application (especially when boosted with Africology Moisturiser) is ideal for healing, brightening and revitalising tired, aging skin. It can be used more often in winter to treat dry, chapped skin.
Vitamin C intake can be supplemented with a diet rich in citrus fruits, chillies, peppers (especially red bell peppers), kale, broccoli, peppadews, papaya, strawberries, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, pineapple, kiwi and mango.
Our skin does so much for us; feeding it the right nutrients will support its vital work, and protect it against environmental damage for longer. That journey begins with a generous helping of vitamin C.