Vitamin C is widely considered the “holy grail” of skincare ingredients. Why? There are hardly any common complexion concerns it won’t help with – uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars, general dullness, just to name a few.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals – harmful highly reactive molecules that attack healthy cells and cause signs of aging – aiding in your skin’s natural regeneration process. It works by repairing damaged cells caused by daily aggressors like UV rays and air pollution. Cue brighter, smoother skin.
However, fighting off free radicals isn’t just important for helping to keep signs of aging at bay - in neutralizing these free radicals, vitamin C also helps protect from precancerous changes caused by UV exposure.
While its antioxidant age-defying powers alone are enough to make vitamin C worth your while, it holds other skin-benefiting properties that should make it a staple in your skincare arsenal.
For one, it is highly acidic meaning it accelerates the production of collagen and elastin, tackling premature aging.
It also contains properties that inhibit your skin’s melanin production, which is what causes discoloration, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. Not only will vitamin C help erase some of that discoloration, it can prevent dark spots from forming in the first place. Superior brightening – check!
Vitamin C is typically well-tolerated, however if you have sensitive skin, it can cause redness and irritation. It’s recommended to start with a lower concentration (5%) and build up to a higher percentage if your skin allows.
Another challenge some people encounter is using a vitamin C product after a minimally-invasive treatment, such as microneedling. Most vitamin C formulas are meant to be applied topically and are therefore too harsh for infusion, i.e. when the skin is exposed and vulnerable to irritation. And in certain cases, using a potent ingredient like vitamin C for infusion can cause granulomas to form on the skin.
However, using a vitamin C product that is specially-formulated for infusion will provide all the skin-rejuvenating benefits mentioned above while also protecting skin from irritation, redness, and conditions like granulomas.
All of DP Derm’s products are meant for microneedling, so the concentrations of various ingredients, like vitamin C in our Antioxidant Cocktail are calculated and implemented under the assumption that these products will be introduced into the skin, as opposed to on top of the skin. There is no risk of irritations or development of a skin disorder with our formulas, especially when products are implemented as per our protocols.