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Why Does Dr. Belo Recommend Adding Vitamin C to Your Skincare Routine?

By Ysabel Vitangcol on August 29, 2020

Here in the Philippines, we know of Vitamin C as a fantastic immune booster. And it’s true: countless studies have proven that Vitamin C plays a role in the support of immune responses, repair of connective tissue, production of antibodies, and so much more. That’s why, in the time of COVID-19, you’d be hard pressed to find a fully-stocked shelf of Vitamin C. But did you know that this supervitamin brings amazing benefits for your skin, too? In fact, it’s one of Dr. Belo’s most highly-recommended ingredients. Read on to find out why you need a Vitamin C product in your skincare routine!

In a previous article, we discussed why Dr. Belo doesn’t approve of using moisturizer. (We suggest you read that article first before moving on to this one! Go on, we’ll wait.) Instead of slathering ‘fake moisture’ onto the skin, she recommends that you exfoliate instead to reveal your baby-soft skin underneath. 

“In the morning, I use a glycolic acid exfoliator and vitamin C,” Dr. Belo said in an August 2019 interview with Preview.ph. “I think every person is hiyang to certain medicine…I also love vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. I use those in the morning: glycolic to make sure my skin turnover is good and then the penetration of vitamin C is good. Vitamin C stops the free radicals from the sun, and then sunblock on top.” Dr. Belo’s favorite Vitamin C serum, ZO® 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating, has a host of skin-brightening benefits:

It helps remove surface discoloration

This serum contains 10% ascorbic acid to exfoliate skin surface pigmentation, for a brighter and more even complexion. While Vitamin C isn’t a chemical exfoliant like hydroxy acids are, it’s pretty powerful at fading unwanted spots and smoothing the skin’s surface. 

It minimizes redness

Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, and studies show that it’s been able to treat a whole bunch of inflammatory skin conditions. Using this serum will help reduce unwanted redness.

It provides amazing antioxidant protection

Vitamin C, on its own, is chock-full of antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which are responsible for sun damage. But because ZO® 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating contains tocopheryl acetate & coenzyme-Q10, too, you get even more antioxidant (and sun damage) protection! (Of course, this doesn’t mean you can skip out on sunscreen!)

It helps accelerate cell turnover

If younger-looking skin is the goal, you definitely need to lean on Vitamin C. Studies show that it plays a role in quicker cell turnover. By using Vitamin C, your skin will be able to get rid of dead skin cells more efficiently than usual.

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of Vitamin C, click here to get your ZO® 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating serum! Just be sure to consult with one of our Belo MDs first, as Vitamin C can’t be mixed with certain active ingredients in a single routine. Click here to book your online consult.

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