Studies have shown using a body lotion or body cream containing both vitamin C and retinol can improve the appearance of skin that has become wrinkled through the normal aging process, as well as skin damaged by the sun.
“... results show that repeated topical application of a preparation containing both retinol and vitamin C is able to reverse, at least in part, skin changes induced by both chronologic aging and photoaging. “ Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2005 Mar-Apr;18(2):81-7.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A. Your body takes vitamin A and converts it into retinoic acid. Retinoic acid helps your skin cells grow and develop. Retinol is more gentle to the skin, less irritating than the prescription cream. Biochemically it does the same thing, it just takes a little longer to see the end results.
Caution: It is important to use a sunscreen when you use any retinoid product. Direct sunlight can make retinoid products less effective. Dermatologists recommend you use retinoid products at night and protect your skin with sunscreen every day.
- Helps repair UV damage
- Protects collagen & elastin proteins
- Provides additional photoprotection
Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant, it is essential for collagen biosynthesis. Studies have shown using topical Vitamin C increases collagen production in young skin as well as aging skin.
The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly recommends we protect our skin with sunscreen everyday. Skin damage from unprotected ultraviolet exposure becomes cumulative.
“Daily use of a sunscreen can reduce the cumulative effect of UV damage. Cancer-Preventive Effects of Sunscreen.
Strength of the label
Researching the net for the best body creams or lotions that combined both “vitamin A and C” , I found the prices could be as low as $10 or as high as $95. Why such a difference in the pricing? It had everything to do about the ingredients and the strength of the ingredients listed on their product label.
How do you read a product label?
The FDA requires skin care ingredients listed on product labels to be listed in order, starting with the highest to the lowest concentration. If the active ingredient you are interested in is listed next to the last, put the product back on the shelf. You don’t want to waste your time or money on a product that will give you little to no results. Just because the body cream or lotion advertises it has retinol and vitamin c, it doesn’t mean it will give you the results you are looking for. You must become an educated “label reader” for all your skin care product selections.