Fashion or necessity? The real benefits of vitamin C for the skin

the practice of skin care it is part of the routine of many people, but some still have doubts about what to really use in this moment of personal care, after all, there are many options on the dermocosmetic market. Currently, in addition to hyaluronic acidknown for its moisturizing and filling action, the vitamin C is one of the strengths of different products, but how important is it?

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According to dermatologist Maria Eduarda Pires, vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant in human skin, it acts against free radicals (responsible for aging skin), helps in the production of collagen (known as the substance of beauty) and softens expression lines. “In addition, it protects the dermis from oxidative stress. The result, believe me, is firmer, softer skin,” he guarantees.

A nutrient deficiency can affect health. After serious, although rare, is the scurvy, a disease that causes weakness, joint pain, bleeding gums, skin irritation, low resistance to infection and among other symptoms. In addition to this condition, the other consequences are low immunity, dry and thin skin prone to wrinkles, difficulty healing, paleness, dizziness and fatigue caused by anemiaexplains Andrea Dario Frias, doctor of nutrition and coordinator of the Research Center Sanavita.

Is the food sufficient?

Vitamin C can be provided by the daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. Andrea highlights the main sources of this nutrient: lemon, orange, acerola, camu camu, cashews, soursop, guava, kiwi, mango, strawberry, cabbage, broccoli, cabbage and peppers.

In case of nutritional deficiency, dietary supplements with this principle can help function, and are usually prescribed to anemic people, athletes, pregnant women with pre-eclampsia or smokers, and at times when the body needs a boost of energy. immunity or help in the healing process. In this case, it is best to consult a doctor and/or a nutritionist.

Are vitamin C dermocosmetics necessary?


Oral consumption does not exclude the importance of dermocosmetics with vitamin C. “Used topically, vitamin C offers a local, optimized and direct action. Multifunctional active, it can reduce degradation and stimulate the production of new collagen fibers, in addition to improving the hydration and the freshness of the skin”, guarantees the dermatologist.

Denise Cabral, Product Manager at Dermagea brand specializing in the subject, speaks of the request: “The need to expand the variety arose mainly from medical demand, market research and the presentation of innovations and trends at international conferences”.

The brand has become a reference in vitamin C dermocosmetics and has an exclusive line of the Improve active ingredient. According to Denise, it took years of study to understand the complexity of the molecule, as well as the need to develop innovative formulas, with different textures to meet all the particularities of the brazilian skinbringing efficiency and safety to the treatment.

All skin types can benefit from it. Maria Eduarda warns: “it is important to use the product with the texture indicated for your needs. At oily skin or mixed, for example, cosmetics with lighter or aqueous bases are recommended. For those with the driest and most sensitive area, high emollient products are ideal.”

Finally, the dermatologist points out that the use of the vitamin in the morning can be combined with sun protection to treat stains and reinforces the protection of the skin. At night, application of the substance with moisturizers and whiteners is recommended to soften expression lines. “Before joining any of these treatments, talk to your dermatologist,” he recommends.

Products rich in vitamin C

For those who are unsure about which product(s) to invest in, IstoÉ has ​​separated out a few options ranging from food supplements to dermocosmetics; to verify:

• Sanavita Hyaluronic C: concentrated supplement in capsules that combines hyaluronic acid and vitamin C — R$ 129.90

• Belleton Bellegouttes: food supplement that combines vitamins C, A, E, biotin, Verisol® collagen, proteins, zinc, calcium, magnesium and selenium — R$ 134.00

• Design company Protech Plus: Vitamin C, D and zinc supplement — R$ 59.00

• Dermage Enhance C Tonic: exclusive combination of vitamin C, blend of amino acids and niacinamide — R$ 129.00

• Dermage Enhance C 30: facial serum with the highest concentration of vitamin C on the Brazilian market, enriched with hyaluronic acid — R$ 309.00

• Ellementti Dermocosmetic Elixir C4: booster a Complex Vita C4, a brand creation that combines vitamin C in three different forms added to Menyanthes — R$ 120.00

• Moisturizing Antioxidant Balm: formula combining 10% of nano vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, nano resveratrol, nano caffeine, niacinamide and carnosine — R$ 89.90

• La Roche-Posay Salicyli C10: anti-aging serum with high concentration of vitamin C and formula enriched with salicylic acid and neurosensin – R$ 249.90

• Payot Detox Vitamin C: moisturizing liquid soap that combines vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3 — R$ 41.90

• Vichy Liftactiv AOX Concentrate: concentrated serum 15% pure vitamin C, pinus pinaster extract, neohesperidin and fragmented hyaluronic acid — R$ 199.90

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