Sun for COVID-19? Why Vitamin C Should be Your Summer Skin Essential

1 image Oranges Slices with an image SyllyS Glow Serum Glass Bottle in sand with blaring sun  below it. Images are separated with Red text on Cream background Stating "Why Vitamin C Should Be Your Summer Skin Essential"

We are in the midst of summer, it's a time that many of us are usually more carefree but with COVID-19 on the rise maybe it's a time we should be more carefree with the sun?  (as this study shows Airborne SARS-CoV-2 Is Rapidly Inactivated by Simulated Sunlight..) Regardless of COVID-19, I have always been one to love soaking up the sun, I love its heat, the happiness, and the healthy glow I get from it. If you're anything like me or not, to make the most of your summer skin, topical Vitamin C should be your go-to product.
 

The topical use of vitamin C has long been a staple in the skincare industry and rightfully so. It has proven over and over skin-rejuvenating effect by improving collagen synthesis in the skin that slows down with aging. It has shown to improve brightening, clarity, firming/toning, diminishes fine lines/wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, inflammation such as redness and acne. It also has shown to protect and reverse skin damage from free radical plus so much more. In fact, topical vitamin C has shown to delivers 20 times more vitamin C to your skin than oral intake.

Why Vitamin C should be your all-star this Summer?
We can’t talk about sun damage without talking about Ultraviolet (UV) rays. Though the sun emits this electromagnetic radiation year-round, it is especially strong in the summer. To protect ourselves from these rays, our skin has a natural pigment within it called melanin. Most of us already know that melanin is responsible for the color in our skin; the more melanin we have, the deeper the skin tone. Melanin can also be found in the form of freckles. 

Melanin absorbs the sun’s UV rays, much like sunscreen would, to protect the skin. Unfortunately, when exposed to a longer time period and depending on the person’s Fitzpatrick scale melanin is not as protective as we would like it to be. People who do not have much melanin and sunburn easily usually take additional steps to protect themselves by covering up sensitive areas, wearing sunblock, limiting their sun exposure and some also use a Topical Vitamin C serum to reduce the amount of free radical formation and sunburn. 

When the skin is not properly protected from UV rays, we all know how it can lead to severe sunburns but more importantly long-lasting and sometimes irreversible damages. These damaging effects can include the aforementioned dark spots, premature signs of aging like wrinkles, and raising your chances of basal cell carcinoma. 

To protect your skin from the sun, your go-to product is probably a sunblock, but are you one to use it daily? I know many of us prefer not to use any type of daily sunscreen whether it is to limit ourselves from additional chemicals, or maybe you believe since your exposure is so limited you technically don’t need it or you are the individual who feels everyone needs sunshine within reason just like plants. Whatever is your stance on it a topical vitamin C besides being a multi-function product it can additionally equip yourself with an extra layer of protection. Just like an oral vitamin C helps boost and protect your immune system, a topical vitamin C will strengthen and boost your skin’s protection from UV rays with all the added anti-aging benefits it provides. 

What Makes a Good Vitamin C Serum?
While there are many vitamin C serums on the skincare market ranging in a lot of different forms, not all Vitamin Cs are created equal. Ascorbic Acid also known as L-Ascorbic acid is pure vitamin C along with the most skin-related research of any other forms. When properly formulated with a pH of less than 4  it has shown to be the strongest and the most effective in absorbing into the skin barrier to provide all benefits Vitamin C has to offer. 
 

This doesn’t mean there aren’t other notable sources of the ingredient such as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP) sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP ), ascorbyl palmitate (AP) also known as Vitamin C ester, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (ATIP) and although these common derivatives are more stable none have been extensively researched as L-Ascorbic Acid. 

When selecting a vitamin C Serum, aside from the proper formulation for maximum benefits and stabilization it is critical to protect the ingredient with PROPER PACKAGING. Packaging Matters! Vitamin C is notoriously prone to oxidizing. It can break down over time when it’s exposed to light or air. To ensure the ingredient remains stable it is imperative that it is packaged in opaque (dark, blocks sunlight), air-restrictive glass bottles, or pump glass containers. A vitamin C cream packaged in a jar, unfortunately, will lose its efficacy rapidly

 Vitamin C products that are packaged in anything but dark glass containers are more likely to have an altered Vitamin C ingredient, which basically won't do much for your skin. It is also important to pinpoint that if your product is a high L-Ascorbic Acid percentage a dark glass bottle is necessary since this form will react with plastic. 

Let's make the most of our Summer Skin!
At this moment in time who doesn’t need extra vitamin D? If you’re going to soak up that sunshine to increase your dopamine levels, or as this study show help inactivate the Airborne Virus that Causes COVID-19 SyllyS of Switzerland GLOW Concentrated C Serum has you covered. 

With the help of phytochemists, SyllyS of Switzerland GLOW serum has been carefully formulated with the proper pH using minimum and scientifically proven ingredients for maximum potency, absorption, stability, and last but not least it has been properly packaged to further protect this delicate ingredient. 
 

As our slogan states “Natural Beauty Made Simple” we like to keep things as simple as possible and this TimeSaver Beauty serum can be applied on the face, neck, eyes, and décolleté. We are in a time where we need to protect ourselves from oxidative stress / free radical and vitamin C works wonders in boosting our immune system and is an easy to go-to whenever we’re feeling under the weather but for the health of our skin Topical vitamin C is unparalleled. 

 

In case your wondering:
Before our products are created, research is done to ensure the ingredients used have been deemed safe. Once our products are created, they are tested and reviewed in a lab approved by the Dept of Health to ensure safety. Our lab is also FDA registered and cGMP compliant (Current Good Manufacturing Practice). It’s important for us to provide you with the highest standard of product safety and efficacy.

 

References for this information:

 1. In vitro antioxidant activity and in vivo efficacy of topical formulations containing vitamin C and its derivatives studied by non-invasive methods

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19159387/

 2. Vitamin C and Skin Health

https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C

 3. Airborne SARS-CoV-2 Is Rapidly Inactivated by Simulated Sunlight

https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/doi/10.1093/infdis/jiaa334/5856149

 4. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, May 2018, pages 253-263

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5985795/

 5. Topical L-ascorbic acid: percutaneous absorption studies

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11207686/

 6. Vitamin C in Dermatology

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/


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