Vitamin C For Healthy Skin

Portrait of teenage girl holding lemonVitamin C is essential for maintaining healthy and resilient skin.  As we age, we naturally lose this nutrient; other factors such as exposure to pollutants, UV light and cigarette smoke can also cause a loss of vitamin C.

Vitamin C plays an important role in the formation of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity.  Optimizing your skin’s level of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production amounts.

Another common skin concern that can be corrected with vitamin C is age spots caused by sun damage.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant; it can reduce the amount of sunburned cells and reduce age-related damage to cells.  Although vitamin C does not replace sunscreen, it may protect against further sun damage and repair discoloration and fine lines.

Topical vitamin C is the best formulation (rather than supplement or food sources) to target signs of aging.  When purchasing vitamin C, look for products that contain between 3%-10% of the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid.  Apply topical vitamin C once a day, ideally after exfoliation in the morning.  You can expect to see a noticeable difference in your skin within 4-8 weeks of beginning topical vitamin C.  Maximum benefits are achieved with 6 months of use.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers full aesthetic services and numerous skin care treatment regimens to her patients.  Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Accent Skin Tightening System

Accent is a FDA approved non-invasive treatment for wrinkles and sagging loose skin. It is a controlled heat therapy that utilizes radio frequency to heat your skin’s inner layer. This energy stimulates your cells to produce new collagen. In turn, your skin will appear more youthful and smooth. However, it does not reduce volume. Usually, three to six treatments at two week intervals will be required.
Accent can be used to treat loose, wrinkled skin anywhere on the body – including the face, neck, arms and legs. It is also safe and effective for a postnatal or post-surgical abdomen, buttocks or thighs. The procedure is virtually pain free, and is often described as a warm massage. There is no recovery time.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, has been offering the Accent system to her patients for over five years. Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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