Vit.C Anti-Aging Theraphy
Vitamin C is well known as an essential nutrient for healthy body. It was after a disease called "scurvy" was found in sailors who had long sailing trip that vitamin C become famous.
Around the 17th and 18th centuries, a disease that causes small bruises and bleeding of the gums was found among sailors. When the disease lasts longer, it also causes enervation, pain in the joints, dry skin and nosebleeds.
Even before vitamin C itself was discovered, it was known that the disease was caused by insufficient consumption of fruits and vegetables, and that the disease could be cured by eating fruits such as lemons.
At the end of the 18th century, the British Navy had its long-term-traveling sailors eat limes every day to prevent the disease. Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is not made in our bodies and can only be obtained from food. Vitamin C exists in fruits like oranges and strawberries and vegetables like spinach and cabbage. Our body absorbs only 1.2g of vitamin C per a day.
Vitamin C removes toxic substances and is closely related to the activity of the white corpuscles, immunity, wound healing, and allergies. Recently it was also found that vitamin C reduces stress and that heavy smokers, in particular, experience shortages of vitamin C.
Vitamin C plays an important role in skin be concerned. Ultraviolet light causes harmful chemical reactions and creates toxic substances in the body. The substances damage and prematurely age the skin. Vitamin C protects the skin from the ultraviolet light that causes the most serious skin damage and controls inflammatory responses that are caused by ultraviolet light.
When the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light, half of the vitamin C in the skin is destroyed. Without vitamin C's protection, our skin would age faster and have more wrinkles. Vitamin C also plays an important role in making collagen.
Collagen is one of the major substances that make up the skin, which it protects from rapid aging and wrinkling.
Vitamin C also suppresses creation of melanin pigment in the skin, making it very effective for the treatment of melanin pigment abnormality.
However, it is difficult to effectively and directly use vitamin C for the treatment of aged skin and skin discoloration because vitamin C taken in from food can't be adequately supplied to the skin. Also, our body absorbs only limited amounts of vitamins.
To supply enough vitamin C to the skin, we could apply it directly. But vitamin C tends to turns brown and is too large to be absorbed directly through the skin. Therefore, how to supply vitamin C directly to the skin was an enduring problem.
There are many kinds of cosmetics that contain vitamin C. They purport to have stable vitamin C that is easily absorbable. However, it was not proved that sufficient amounts of vitamin C could be delivered through the use of cosmetics.
"Vitamin C iontophoresis" is the solution that is able to deliver a large amount of ionized vitarrun C by electrodes and electric currents, even into the deep skin. A few iontophoresis treatments a week promote formation of collagen and continuously inhibit the formation of melanin pigment.
Japanese scientist Dr. Suzuki Harue first used vitamin C iontophoresis to treat skin discoloration such as freckles, hyper pigmentation and melasma.
Vitamin C iontophoresis is very effective for removing fine wrinkles and treating post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation and melasma. It has become one of the major methods of maintaining healthy skin.
Unlike the existing skin care, medical skin care is to apply a more efficient and functional skin care by using medical knowledge and efficacious medicines side by side. Medical skin care means treatment by dermatologist, and this covers treatments with the use of vitamin C iontophoresis, effective functional cosmetics or low energy laser. The domain of medical skin care is very extensive, ranging from the normal skin treatment for preservation of beauty and prevention of senility to correct diagnosls of skin with problems and scientific treatment of the bad skin in accordance with the correct diagnosis.