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Benefits of Vitamin C for Even Skin Tone

author image Katie Regan
Katie Regan has worked at a handful of daily and weekly newspapers as a general assignment, city beat, and health and science reporter, and has won numerous awards for her writing. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.
Benefits of Vitamin C for Even Skin Tone
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There are a plethora of serums, injections and plastic surgery options available for those wishing to have younger looking skin, but you can treat one issue of older skin--uneven skin tone--at home with vitamin C. Uneven skin tone happens when the melanin or pigment in your skin becomes unevenly distributed, which can be caused by acne scars, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and many other conditions, and it can affect anyone. But treating uneven skin tone doesn’t have to be an involved process; you can do it quickly and relatively easily.

Free Radical Protection

Smartskincare.com says vitamin C is one of the best-known defenses against free radical damage. Free radicals are reactive molecules that cause tissue damage and are present in sun rays, pollution and cigarette smoke, among other places. They contribute to uneven tone by causing skin to lose its elasticity and sag and to become less capable of shedding dead skin cells, and they can cause skin to be at an even greater risk for developing skin cancers. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals as they hit your skin by preventing them from oxidizing. You can purchase products that will even out skin tone by protecting against free radical damage in a variety of forms, including moisturizers, creams and toners.

Peels and Exfoliation

According microdermabrasionadvice.com, aging and sun exposure slows the rate at which skin sloughs off dead cells and replaces them with new ones. This causes the old cells to stick around and sit on top of the new ones, making skin look old, uneven and ashy. Using a vitamin C-infused exfoliant will help even out mildly affected skin, but for more severe blemishing, vitamin C facial peels containing alpha hydroxy acids are a good solution. AHAs are derived from vitamin C and will quickly remove any dead layers of skin. You can purchase the peels at any drug store, and you should do them monthly.

Natural Bleach

The vitamin C in lemon juice will not only protect your skin from free radicals, but lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that can help fade blemishes and uneven skin tone. Homeremedies. com says you should squeeze a little lemon juice onto a cotton ball and apply it all over your face nightly. Let the lemon juice dry for 10 minutes before doing anything else. Continued use of lemon juice should improve any dark or discolored areas of your skin. But make sure not to go outside with lemon juice on your face because the reaction with sunlight can actually cause your skin to darken.

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