Sunscreen is your #1 anti-aging product. It helps prevent photoaging and reduces your risk for skin cancer.
If you do not know this already – you should: applying sunscreen every day, whether rain or shine, is your best defense against aging and the effects of the harsh rays of the sun.
But did you know that to get the most out of your sunscreen, you should pair it with Vitamin C?
A Closer Look At Vitamin C
Vitamin C is known by several different names, including ascorbic acid, ascorbate, L-ascorbic acid, and L-ascorbate. Ascorbic acid and ascorbate fulfill the same roles in your body. The “L” designation is specific to the vitamin’s shape, indicating the natural form of vitamin C. As an antioxidant, ascorbic acid neutralizes free radicals, which prevents them from harming healthy cells.
Including Vitamin C in your skin care regimen plays an important role in preventing photoaging. There are decades of research on this beneficial ingredient.
Fighting Free Radicals
A potent antioxidant, Vitamin C helps fight free radicals formed by UV radiation. UVA rays are the leading source of damage to collagen, elastin, and other dermal structures, whereas UVB rays (also called the burning ray) contribute to skin burning and skin cancer.
Research states that when Vitamin C is combined with a UVA sunscreen, a greater than additive protection is noted against the phototoxic damage. These results confirm the use of anti-oxidants as photoprotectant and emphasize the importance of combining the compounds of sunscreen with Vitamin C to maximize photoprotection. Bottom line: When Vitamin C is paired with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, the skin receives multifaceted protection.
Sun damage is an oxidative process. UV rays and other environmental stressors like pollution and cigarette smoke cause the release of damaging free radicals. Free radicals lead to premature signs of aging, but Vitamin C neutralizes them and helps shield your skin from this damage, keeping your complexion healthy and vibrant.
How Vitamin C Works
It’s important to note that Vitamin C does not work as a barrier to UV rays. Rather, once rays enter the skin, it slows the rate of free radical damage to collagen and aids in skin repair by reducing oxidation damage to the skin cells. It also evens pigmentation and decreases fine lines by stimulating collagen production.
If you’re at risk for deeper sun damage, we suggest using a topical formulation that teams vitamin C with vitamin E (an antioxidant known to reduce inflammation and help speed healing) for additional benefits. In serums, they have been shown to enhance the function of SPF formulations when used in combination, thus reducing the occurrence of sunburns and increasing the SPF’s stability.
Our Favorite Vitamin C Serums
To add a Vitamin C complex to your normal sun protection routine, here are our recommendations:
The Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum from Image Skincare is our top choice and top seller for daily use during the summer months (and all year long!) The best part is that it’s suitable for most all skin types.
It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. Vital C is a hydrating serum that incorporates the new technology of oil-soluble Vitamin C with the highest bio-availability to immediately soothe the visible effects of environmentally damaged skin.
Another option is Image’s Vital C Hydrating A C E Serum: a signature blend of Vitamins A, C, and E. This advanced polypeptide/antioxidant formula promotes hydration and reduces visible signs of aging.
Need more targeted rejuvenation? Our exclusively formulated Skin Rx L-Ascorbic Acid Collagen Rejuvenation Serum by Dr. Brian Buinewicz corrects and prevents environmental damage to restore a healthy glow to your complexion. The concentration of L-Ascorbic acid neutralizes free radicals, promotes collagen production and diminishes age spots.
This Rejuvenation Serum’s advanced complex of liposome-encapsulated peptides and stem cells peptides repair the signs of sun damage in the dermis by helping to reconstruct the dermal fiber network. This includes collagen, fibronectin, and hyaluronic acid synthesis.
Pure Spa’s Top 3 Sunscreen Recommendations:
- Glo Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 – Comes in 4 different shades. Moisturizes, protects and conceals.
- Image Prevention Plus Daily Matte Moisturizer – Absorbs surface oil and leaves skin with a matte shine-free finish
- GR8SKN Screen – contains zinc oxide and a refreshing watermelon extract for a delicious summery scent
See Lisa describe each:
Any amount of Vitamin C in a product is beneficial for your skin all year long. Apply your Vitamin C serums in the morning after cleansing and always complete your morning ritual with sun protectant.
Walking, driving, and daily activities all expose you to UV radiation. Apply sunscreen to your face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, and legs — essentially, any areas exposed to light.
Skin rejuvenation is a process that requires a balance between prevention of future damage and correction of past damage. Any skin care treatments without the daily preventative care of sunscreen and Vitamin C are futile.