Skin feeling a little lackluster lately? A shortage of a simple vitamin may be all you need to boost your glow while stopping free radicals — molecules that damage cells — in their tracks. Incorporating Vitamin C into your topical skincare regimen can augment a healthy diet and supplement routine. Obtaining a healthy dose of Vitamin C in a cream or serum provides a variety of benefits for short-term and long-term results.

Plump It up with collagen
Collagen is key to maintaining firm skin and lush hair into middle age and beyond. While collagen is available in supplements and is a critical component of luxurious skincare lines, internal collagen production can also be stimulated with the right products. Vitamin C is a unique catalyst that can help rev the collagen engine into high gear for plumper skin with disappearing wrinkles and fine lines. Look for an all-in-one solution like Cirem’s HCR 3-in-1 serum to combine the benefits of Vitamin C with other skin restorers like hyaluronic acid and retinol. Cirem is a high performance, luxury skincare line that uses 100% clean and non-toxic ingredients. Beauty experts and chemists craft the formulas.

Stay safe in the sun
Vitamin C is found in the citrus fruits associated with sunny states — oranges, limes, and lemons. In a bit of good luck, it is also an excellent way to protect your body from the skin damage the same sun rays can cause. Look for sunscreens with a high SPF and pair them with topical application of a Vitamin C serum to up your protection from UVA and UVB rays. How? Vitamin C’s antioxidant status gives it free-radical fighting superpowers. The harmful molecules in your body are cut short before they can damage the cells building up your jawline or filling out your cheeks.

Banish the darkness
After sun exposure has occurred or your skin has suffered through a round of teenage or adult acne, it is natural to have dark spots, scarring or hyperpigmentation. These spots make a blemish live long after the initial irritation has vanished — sometimes, the spots hang around for life. Serums like Cirem’s HCR 3-in-1 with Vitamin C help reduce the appearance of imperfections. Vitamin C is a natural melanin inhibitor, and melanin overproduction is what is creating your dark spots. By slowing this process, dark spots gradually fade, and your complexion becomes more even.

Drink up
A lack of hydration leads to rough hands and dry patches of skin across the body. When you are drinking enough water and using moisturizers but still face a patchy skin problem, explore Vitamin C. The antioxidant can act as a sponge to help retain moisture in the skin long-term. Hello, silky legs and soft elbows! By coupling a Vitamin C rich product with other skin-replenishing supplements, such as hyaluronic acid, you will double the skin-boosting and moisturizing benefits. Always shop around for a high-quality product developed by experts to achieve the best and safest results.

Backtrack on smoke
Prolonged sun exposure isn’t the only negative; a good dose of Vitamin C can help you recover from. Many primary causes of fine lines and wrinkles, such as exposure to cigarette smoke or smoking, are tied to free radicals. Topical application and internal supplementation can help your skin recover after these abuses and stay healthy when you are around smokers or in harsh environments.