Dr. Oz's Vitamin Skin Cream Beauty Secret
“Would you like to take 10 years off of your face? For example look younger today with 2 anti-aging cures. How about getting rid of your wrinkles? Or, say goodbye to age spots?” asks Dr. Oz as he tells viewers about a new vitamin-based topical skin cream beauty secret that can make you look younger without plastic surgery.
With special guests Dr. Shirley Madhere and Dr. Leif Rogers, plastic surgeons who make their living by helping patients cheat the aging process with nips and tucks to tighten sagging skin and myriad other treatments for rejuvenating skin, Dr. Oz tells viewers that these two are in-the-know of a simple, non-surgical technique that you can use at home to look years younger. Their secret? Vitamin C.
“Vitamin C is in your skin when you are young,” says Dr. Rogers. “It is a powerful antioxidant, and it is also critical in collagen synthesis. As we age we lose vitamin C. Other things break it down like UV damage and toxins like smoking, and because of that, we end up with more wrinkles in the skin and with drier skin. The secret though, is that we can put Vitamin C back into your skin with topical treatments.”
When Dr. Oz asks how long does it take before you will see a change in your skin from taking a Vitamin C treatment, Dr. Madhere states that it can take some longer than others and that the treatment has to be continual rather than a one-time application.
“This is going to vary with every individual,” says Dr. Madhere. “Some people may start to notice some changes anywhere from 2-4 weeks, but for others it may take up to 6-8 weeks. Nevertheless, a maximum effect should occur within six months.”
Dr. Oz explains to viewers that what is happening as we age is that the collagen fibers that supports the skin begins to breakdown and degrade, which results in a loss of elasticity and bounce that is seen in younger skin. If skin is not held taut by healthy collagen fibers, then the skin begins to sag, resulting in wrinkles. However, treating skin with Vitamin C can rejuvenate the damaged collagen with the formation of new collagen fibers that will draw the skin tighter and give it more elasticity and thereby remove wrinkles.
And, as it turns out, Vitamin C reportedly can do more for the skin than induce new collagen formation. According to Dr. Oz and his guests, it can also help improve age spots.
“Let’s talk about age spots. Dr. Madhere, when it comes to age spots you guys can do lot of things. You can do laser, you can do these incredible chemical peels. How does Vitamin C play a role there?” asks Dr. Oz.
“Actually age spots are sun-damaged skin and Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant,” says Dr. Madhere. “It’s a skin lightener, it’s a skin brightener, it has been shown to reduce the number of sun burned cells as well as reverse age damage or age-related damage to the skin. Now Vitamin C is not a sunscreen, but nevertheless it does help protect against and help repair UV damage such as discoloration and fine lines that are caused by those gnarly free radicals”
Dr. Rogers adds that while getting your Vitamin C from food is healthy for the body, that the levels needed for helping skin reduce wrinkling and age spotting cannot be achieved from diet alone. He says that taking a Vitamin C topical cream will provide the skin with 20 times more Vitamin C than by diet alone.
When shopping for a Vitamin C topical cream, Dr. Rogers tells Dr. Oz that because Vitamin C is relatively unstable—meaning that its bioactivity can reduce dramatically over a short period—that you need to be sure that you are getting the correct formulation of Vitamin C topical cream. He suggests that when shopping, look for the following:
• Look for the name of the active ingredient: “ascorbic acid” or ”L- ascorbic acid” on the label.
• Make sure that the label states that it contains between 3-10% Vitamin C.
• Because Vitamin C is an antioxidant, it degrades rapidly in light and air, so check that the bottle is sold in opaque and airtight packaging.