Everything You Wanted to Know About Vitamin C

Written by Beth BialkoJun 27, 2018

Read time 5 min



You probably already know that Vitamin C is important for overall health and wellness. But did you know it’s also a skin care powerhouse? Topical Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants available – and it lives up to the hype, effectively tackling the primary causes of premature aging to give you brighter, firmer skin.
Here’s a breakdown of what a daily dose of Vitamin C can do for your skin!

Over time, intrinsic (natural) and extrinsic (environmental) factors cause structural changes in the skin, leading to uneven pigmentation. From UV-induced “age spots” to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, dark spots are no match for Vitamin C: it stops the biochemical reactions that cause uneven pigmentation to effectively brighten skin.

Another major benefit of Vitamin C is that it renews skin’s surface. It boosts production of substances that keep skin looking firm, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

This is where Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties really come into play. Vitamin C helps counteract the effects of oxidative stress and free radicals by neutralizing damaging molecules. But – here’s the really exciting part – the latest research also shows that Vitamin C actually enhances your skin’s natural defense system, helping it to protect itself from oxidative stress.

Photography: Courtesy of Dermalogica

About Expert
Beth Bialko is the Director of Global Curriculum for the corporate office of The International Dermal Institute (IDI), the skin care industry’s “gold standard” for post-graduate education, and Dermalogica. Bialko is responsible for researching, leading and developing the brand’s award-winning education curriculum for US and international markets, and integrating new research into the brand’s menu. In addition, Beth serves as one of the brand’s voices and is a frequent contributor to consumer and trade magazines. She contributes to both Dermalogica’s and IDI’s websites, blogs, and webisodes, and is a highly-requested guest speaker at training centers across the country. With over 18 years of experience in the skin care industry, Beth has worked as a professional skin therapist for top salons and spas across the United States and successfully owned and operated her own skin care business. Her industry expertise has led her to be featured in industry magazines such as Dermascope, American Spa and Skin, Inc. Prior to relocating to Dermalogica’s headquarters, Beth represented the brand as a Master Instructor at Dermalogica’s Training Center in Chicago. With a true passion for the skin care industry, Beth’s expertise, professionalism and engaging presentation style has inspired countless skin therapists nationwide.  Bialko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Ohio University. She currently resides in Long Beach, CA with her husband and works at the Dermalogica and IDI headquarters located in Los Angeles.