Hiya Lovely Peeps,
How nice is it to finally see the sun poke it’s head out? I know this is sad, but as a mum my first thought when I saw what a beautiful day today was forecast for was ‘oh goody, can’t wait to finally get through all my washing that’s piled up’. What has my life become?! Haha! I’m sure many of you can relate….
And then, just to feel the sun on my face and body is such an incredible boost for me. It makes my whole mood a lot sunnier. Anyhoo, I digress from the topic at hand. How well do you know your ABC of skincare?
Of course the ABC I’m referring to are the topical Vitamins A, B and C that all of us, over 30 should absolutely be incorporating into our daily home care regimes. The reason for this is because our skin’s ability to produce collagen starts to decrease around age 30.
Now I freely admit that I’m newly converted to this whole home care holy grail, and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I never really understood how important it was. It’s not as though there’s some ‘how to keep your skin looking amazing bible’ out there telling us what we need to include for our particular skin concerns. If you’re anything like me, I’ve had a tendency to spend all this cash on the latest makeup, only to forget how important the canvas is.
I’ll admit I can be a bit of a cynic, so in the past when I’ve visited salons and clinics for various procedures and the therapist has recommended certain products for me to purchase, it’s mostly been about the actual product rather than me understanding why and what the product will do for me at a cellular level.
Call me curious or maybe I’m just plain nosey, but I always want to know everything I can about a product, what’s in it and most importantly WHY I need it! Sometimes it all just seems too complicated, so I want to simplify it so we can all reap the benefits!
Let’s start at the beginning of the alphabet. Vitamin A is the only vitamin that’s able to penetrate the nucleus of the cell. So for any cells not behaving themselves as they should, Vitamin A is able to get into that nucleus and tell it how it should be behaving! Due to the impact it’s able to have on our skin cells it’s known as the rejuvenating vitamin, by normalising cell function.
For ageing skin concerns, such as dullness, fine lines/wrinkles, and pigmentation, Vitamin A is your go-to. Because of the action on the nucleus, cell division is sped up in the basal layer of the epidermis, therefore laying fresh collagen on a more regular basis.
Of course you all use SPF everyday I’m sure *nods head* so I don’t need to even tell you that Vitamin A increases your skin’s sensitivity to UV. When using this Vitamin it’s even more crucial that an SPF is used during the day. Vitamin A is best used in your evening skincare regime. Please also be aware that Vitamin A should not be used whilst pregnant or breast-feeding.
Next up, Vitamin B. I’m sure by now most of you have heard of Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3. It’s a powerful antioxidant, biffing and kapowing those evil free radicals on our behalf. It’s anti-bacterial which makes it a great helper for skins suffering from zits or acne and even just where excess sebum is being created.
Vitamin B is anti-inflammatory (by preserving our white blood cells), meaning it’s perfect for inflamed/ red skin concerns such as rosacea and psoriasis. Vitamin B is always included in Post-Care after surgery or more invasive skin procedures. It’s a water soluble vitamin and is able to prevent water loss within the epidermis by locking in the moisture we have there, ensuring that hydration levels are kept up. It’s essentially a natural moisturiser for our skin.
Vitamin B serums should be used both morning and evening.
A, B….ok last but not least is Vitamin C. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is also a water soluble antioxidant. It’s a highly unstable Vitamin which is why it’s now commonly found in powder form to be activated as and when required with other serums in order to maintain it’s effectiveness. Vitamin C has ‘photo protective’ properties, meaning it’s able to protect the skin against damage produced by UV rays (note that this does not preclude the requirement for a broad spectrum SPF). C is also known to increase collagen levels in fibroblast tissue.
Vitamin C is best used in the morning of your routine, to get the maximum benefit against UV damage. In addition, Vitamin C can sometimes be known to interfere with Vitamin A which is best used at night, so remember to use Vitamin C during the day only for maximum results.
I hope you’ve found this useful. I only wish I knew all of this 10 or so years ago. Better late than never, and I’m so glad to able to share my knowledge with you!!!! Remember this is about the Vitamins you need to include in your cosmeceutical home skincare routine and not about any particular brand of product.
Now you know your ABC – lalalala! So whack them into your home care regime and start to see the amazing difference in the health and vitality of your skin. Don’t forget to take a little selfie before you start on the journey. It really helps to look back and make that before and after comparison. I promise you won’t look back….