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When it comes to skincare ingredients vitamin C is a superhero. It's one of the hardest working topical antioxidants.

If skincare were a Marvel movie, vitamin C would be one of the superheroes. It's the most potent topical antioxidants available, neutralizing free-radical damage and protecting skin against ultraviolet light.

There are are lot of skincare products, but only three ingredients have been shown to help turn back the skin-aging clock: sunscreen, retinol, and vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C is a powerful ally in tackling dull skin and unwelcome pigmentation.

Before my Swinging 6ixties, I wasn't aware of the way vitamin C could improve the brightness, clarity, and texture of the complexion. Now, however, I'm a believer. For an idea of how it works, bring this powerful image to mind – what happens when you add lemon juice to apple slices. The vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid) from the lemon juice keeps the apples bright and prevents them from browning.

Although it's wise to have a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, to reap the benefits for your skin vitamin C must be applied topically. Just like with the lemon juice on the apple slices.

While vitamin C is best known for brightening, it can also help to firm the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production.

The longer you use it, the better the results are. In a study titled The Role Of Vitamin C In Pushing Back The Boundaries Of Skin Aging it was found that vitamin C applied topically increased collagen production after forty days, and even more at the sixty-day mark. With more collagen comes plumping and smoothing of the skin.

Need more proof? In this study a whopping 73% improvement in skin pigmentation was observed.

Although vitamin C is found in some cleansers and creams, the biggest punch comes when you apply it in serum form.

To see results, you must be consistent with applying vitamin C. It will take several weeks of initial application followed by months of continuous use to really see improvements.

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