Vitamin C and its Role in the Prevention of Photoaging

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, also known as ascorbic acid, that neutralizes free radicals, and prevents them from harming healthy cells. It is one of the most common nutrients as it can be found in most fruits and vegetables, most commonly, oranges, lemons, strawberries, broccoli, potatoes, peppers and more.

Vitamin C helps fight free radicals formed by UV radiation. So, it ought to be a great deal in your skin care regimen as it plays an important role in preventing photoaging; which is the premature aging of the skin, as a result of consistent exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays).

Research shows that when Vitamin C is combined with a UVA sunscreen, a greater than additive protection is noted against the phototoxic damage. These results confirm the use of anti-oxidants as photo protectant and emphasize the importance of combining the compounds of sunscreen with Vitamin C to maximize photoprotection. When Vitamin C is paired with a broad-spectrum serum or sunscreen, the skin receives multifaceted pro.

Sun damage is an oxidative process. UV rays and other environmental stressors like pollution and cigarette smoke cause the release of damaging free radicals. Free radicals lead to premature signs of aging, but Vitamin C neutralizes them and helps shield your skin from this damage, keeping your complexion healthy and vibrant.

It’s important to note that Vitamin C does not work as a barrier to UV rays. Rather, once rays enter the skin, it slows the rate of free radical damage to collagen and aids in skin repair by reducing oxidation damage to the skin cells. It also evens pigmentation and decreases fine lines by stimulating collagen production.

If you’re at risk for deeper sun damage, we suggest using a topical formulation that teams vitamin C with vitamin E (an antioxidant known to reduce inflammation and help speed healing) for additional benefits.

In serums, they have been shown to enhance the function of SPF formulations when used in combination, therefore reducing the occurrence of sunburns and increasing the SPF’s stability

Any amount of Vitamin C in a product is beneficial for your skin all year long. Apply your Vitamin C serums in the morning after cleansing and always complete your morning ritual with sun protectant. Some of our serums are:


This formulation is designed to resist environmental factors and aggressors that diminish the appearance of your skin. Resist aging and free radicals with the goodness of Vitamin C!


This serum rejuvenates the skin, protects from environmental damage and helps ease discoloration. Hydroquinone-free, this serum addresses dark spots or discoloration caused by daily environmental exposure.

Also, the ORÍKÌ Sweet as Honey Body Scrub is an orange peel scrub rich in Vitamin C. The ideas to buff away dry, dehydrated skin while a natural moisturizing honey wrap leaves the skin feeling young. Book an appointment for this skin replenishing treatment at the ORÍKÌ website.