With the weather heating up and summer just around the corner, it’s time to re-evaluate your skincare routine. Shifts in humidity, air-conditioning and an increase in UV radiation can accelerate the hallmarks of skin damage, including hydration loss, hyperpigmentation and enlarged pores.
During summer, UV-induced free radicals are at the strongest, leading to DNA damage and a breakdown in collagen and elastin. The emergence of fine lines, pigmentation and enlarged pores can all be attributed to UV damage. Cosmeceuticals with antioxidant properties can reduce the hallmarks of skin damage and protect and rejuvenate the skin against repetitive UV exposure.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralise and remove oxidants, such as those found in environmental pollutants and free radicals generated from exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Vitamin C levels are lowest in photo-damaged skin and depletion is associated with exposure to oxidative stress via pollutants or UV rays. Vitamin C is skin identical, occurring naturally and concentrated within the epidermis where it responds to oxidative stress, inflammation and DNA damage.
UV radiation prompts the skin to produce melanin in an attempt to protect itself, causing areas of discolouration, pigmentation and lack lustre skin.
The brightening effects of Vitamin C is attributed to the interference of the action of tyroninase, the enzyme responsible for initiating melanocytes to synthesize melanin, the pigment responsible for sun spots, pigmentation and skin discoloration.
Applying skin identical antioxidant formulations in a serum or lightweight cream, will increase epidermal antioxidant reserves and strengthen the skin’s barrier against environmental factors ensuring the skin is less susceptible to damage from free radicals.
Our Luminosity Vitamin C Serum utilises an oil-soluble form of Vitamin C that has an increased compatibility and uptake to the skin’s cells to specifically increase brightening benefits to the skin and boost collagen synthesis for a luminous and youthful complexion.
Our faces have an average of 300,000 pore openings that secrete sebum, keeping our skin naturally soft and supple and providing a natural barrier against the environment. They are prone to clogging with dead skin cells, oil and dirt which can cause oversized pores. Pore size is also influenced by collagen degradation from UV damage influencing the skin’s function, structure and appearance. For this reason, acne is often worse in summer as the increase in humidity and perspiration contributes to clogged pores, bacteria build up and breakouts.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is summer essential, increasing moisture and preventing hydration loss, reducing pigmentation, regulating sebum production and refining pores.
For skin perfection and pore refinement, try our Immortelle Vitamin B3 Serum with the Vitamin B-Complex of niacinamide and panthenol and bio-actives of Gotu Kola, White Tea and Ginseng to regenerate skin as an intelligent skincare choice to incorporate into your summer skincare rituals.
Through the application of carefully selected intelligent ingredients and a considered daily skincare routine, maintaining clear, even-toned skin throughout summer is simple.
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