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Vitamin C: The Super Antioxidant Your Skin Is Craving

Vitamin C: The Super Antioxidant Your Skin Is Craving 5.00/5 (100.00%) 2 votes

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Your mom was right when she told you to take your vitamins. Not only do they make you healthy and strong, but many vitamins are beneficial to your skin, too. In fact, Vitamin C is offered in topical formulas that can be applied to the skin and can help prevent skin aging and protect against sun damage.1

Benefits of Vitamin C

The topical form of Vitamin C is called ascorbic acid, and it is known as “the most important skin antioxidant.”2 Antioxidants protect against damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals as well as environmental pollutants.3 In particular, the antioxidant Vitamin C works by speeding up the skin’s natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage.4 Numerous clinical studies have proven the skin benefits of Vitamin C and confirmed that it can help protect against the signs of skin damage by:

  • Stimulating collagen synthesis1
  • Reducing inflammation1
  • Suppressing pigmentation5
  • Retaining moisture6
  • Enhancing UV protection1
  • Replenishing Vitamin E7

Not All Topical Vitamin C Is Created Equal

There are many Vitamin C preparations on the market that claim to do amazing things for your skin. But be aware that Vitamin C in its most commonly found forms is highly unstable when exposed to oxygen, rendering it ineffective.8

Fortunately, Obagi Professional-C SerumsTM use a Vitamin C formula in its most stable form, and absorbs and remains in the skin longer to offer maximum antioxidant benefit.9,10 Our Professional-C Serums are available in 4 strengths for different skin types and needs.

So continue eating your fruits and veggies for all the health benefits they offer; and book an appointment with your skin care physician to learn more about Professional-C Serums and how topical Vitamin C can help you look good, too.

References: 1. Farris PK. Topical vitamin C: a useful agent for treating photoaging and other dermatologic conditions. Dermatol Surg. 2005;31(7, pt 2):814-818. 2. Lewis AB, Regan K. Dermatological procedure enhancement products: a beneficial means to combat aging skin. US Dermatol Review. 2006;1-5. 3. Davis JL. How antioxidants work. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/how-antioxidants-work1. Accessed April 9, 2013. 4. Watson S. Skin care vitamins and antioxidants. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/beauty-skin-care-vitamins-antioxidants. Accessed April 9, 2013. 5. Kameyama K, Sakai C, Kondoh S, et al. Inhibitory effect of magnesium L-ascorbyl-2-phosphate (VC-PMG) on melanogenesis in vitro and in vivo. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1996;34(1):29-33. 6. Campos PM, Goncalves GM, Gaspar LR. In vitro antioxidant activity and in vivo efficacy of topical formulations containing vitamin C and its derivatives studied by non-invasive methods. Skin Res Technol. 2008;14(3):376-380. 7. Burgess C. Topical vitamins. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008;7(suppl 7):s2-s6. 8. Understanding skin care products. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/face/skin-care-products?page=2. Accessed April 9, 2013. 9. OMP, Inc. Data on file. 10. Lehman PA, Investigator, PRACS Institute. Determination of the percutaneous absorption kinetics of ascorbic acid and ascorbic acid 2-glucoside, in vitro, using the human cadaver skin model (protocol R07-0278, August 2007). OMP, Inc. Data on file.

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Sip Your Way to More Luminous Skin

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fruit-smoothieSmoothies offer great versatility and a healthy treat any time of the day. You can easily use fruits and vegetables that are in season. A single glass can deliver antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamins, and much more.

This refreshing smoothie is packed with nutrition that’s good for your skin, yet easy to make!

 

Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy!
Calories: 191 per serving

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of Greek or fat-free natural plain yogurt
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½  cup of “no pulp” 100% natural orange juice
  • ½ lemon, squeezed (for tartness, if desired)

Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender. Liquefy and then add more orange juice if the consistency is too thick for you. Enjoy!

A smart start with lasting benefits
Antioxidants, which are found in many fruits, have been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and create a more youthful-looking complexion.1 Antioxidants can help fight free radicals—tiny, unstable molecules that have been shown to cause damage at the cellular level—and when applied topically, antioxidants can help reduce the signs of skin damage caused by the sun and other environmental stressors. Did you know that blueberries rank third as a natural source of antioxidants after prunes and raisins?2 You may notice an energy boost from such a nutritious start to your day and find yourself exercising more! In this recipe, yogurt provides protein, calcium, and good bacteria to aid digestion. Bananas are packed with potassium and slow-release sugar to sustain you throughout the day. Blueberries are also full of fiber, so you may notice that you feel full sooner, and you’ll eat less. And finally, orange juice is a popular source of Vitamin C. Add more or less OJ, depending on how thick you want your smoothie. Here’s to Obagi Skin Health™!

Antioxidants in a bottle
We love this smoothie recipe as a way to fortify ourselves from the inside. For an extra boost of antioxidants, you can turn to Obagi Professional-C Serums™. Professional-C Serums offer the antioxidant Vitamin C in a rich, concentrated formula, and are available in four different strengths for different skin types and needs.

Tell us what you think after you try this smoothie recipe. And if you have a special post-workout recipe, share it as a comment below!

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