Seems like just yesterday we were lulled into a false sense of security by the last few weeks of Autumn... and then BAM! Old Man Winter has come a knocking... and soon enough you realize he's knocking on your face. Cold temperatures, freezing wind chills and the brutal dryness of forced indoor heat wreck havoc on your skin. Keeping skin hydrated is the key to a youthful appearance, however during these dry, frigid days it may feel like moisture is leeching out of your skin by the second. There's less humidity in the air during the winter... but there's help to be had out there! Cue... Super Hero Music...Our good friend Vitamin C is to the rescue!
Vitamin C...There’s still no evidence that lots of vitamin C will stop you getting a cold, unless you are living life on the edge in extremes of cold or physical stress (soldiers, marathon runners – it might help you guys out), but you do need a top-up of it every day for a whole host of important bodily functions. Vitamin C makes collagen for you, the connective network of tissues in your skin and bones, as well as carnitine, without which you feel would be feeling very tired and weak. It is also one of those antioxidant nutrients, working hard in combination with other antioxidants to stop the kind of damage to individual cells and arteries that can lead to cancer and heart disease over time. Last but not least, vitamin C gets to work every time you eat a vegetarian iron-rich food making sure that you absorb as much of the iron as possible.
But we're not talking about daily intake, which is obviously important, but the daily benefits on your skin by using it topically, which include brightening + reducing inflammation. This makes it especially beneficial to sensitive skinned individuals, because the harsh dry air of winter can exacerbate sensitive skin, resulting in dry, red and itchy skin. The dry air of winter, also strips the skin of beneficial oils and this dryness can contribute to sagging skin, and a higher incidence of lines and wrinkles. By applying a topical organic vitamin C serum, you can help promote the formation of collagen for skin that is taut, firm and perfectly plump! It’s absolutely essential to apply a moisturizing product rich in vitamin C to help protect the barrier function, because when this is impaired it can completely throw off the skin’s pH and put it at risk of damage. Vitamin C helps to provide a protective barrier to keep pollutants out and lock moisture in, but you may want to know a little more about how it can do this. Vitamin C has potent antioxidant properties that help fight off free radical scavengers that can impair the barrier function, contributing to the signs of aging by stripping moisture from the skin. So think of vitamin C as your protective armor in the cold. Any harsh element, be it the dry air, icy winds or even the sun, simply bounces off your skin and won’t impact it as long as your skin is slathered in this superstar ingredient!
Buffalo Gal Organics Vitamin C Spot Correcting and Brightening Serum is perfect for skin types with hyper pigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tone. Use at night after cleansing and follow with a moisturizer. Using two forms of vitamin C, this lightweight serum will help to correct uneven skin tone caused by sun damage and aging. BGO's Mega C Serum also contains, edelweiss extract to help naturally plump the skin and build collagen, organic seaweed, kelp and blue green algae help to oxygenate the skin and scavenges free radicals, + organic fruit extracts which brighten and naturally exfoliate skin.
Since there is evidence that free radical damage does continue to affect your skin overnight, we suggest applying your vitamin C serum before bed to slow down signs of ageing and protect from free radicals. Before applying your Vitamin C Serum here are a few things to keep in mind:
Leave some time before applying vitamin C if you’re using retinol, or salicylic acid to prevent redness or stinging.
Choose an organic vitamin C serum that comes in an air-tight package since antioxidants can breakdown when exposed to air and light.
Vitamin C may sometimes cause redness and irritation if you have sensitive skin, so start with a smaller dose application and make sure to moisturize well after.