Your Vitamin C Questions Answered
Vitamin C has been used in skincare products for decades. As a topical antioxidant and collagen booster, it has the power to give your skin a healthy glow and protect it from future damage.
You can find vitamin C in many products — from cleansers and toners to moisturizers and serums — but the question remains: what is the best way to use vitamin c?
I know sometimes it feels like we need to be a skincare expert in order to understand skincare ingredients and it could feel overwhelming to try and figure it all out by ourselves.
...and Vitamin C is one of those ingredients that seems to be everywhere, and yet remains a bit of a mystery.
I want to answer the most common questions about vitamin C in skin care, and how you can incorporate it into your routine that works for you and your skin.
After cleansing and toning, apply Vitamin C as show below.
What Type Of Vitamin C Is Best For Skin
Most scientists agree that one of the primary reasons our skin ages is because unstable electrons in molecules (called free radicals) attack healthy cells and change their composition.
This then causes the cells to no longer function the way normal, younger cells do.
...Simply put, our skin ages due to changed cells. This occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Topical use of Vitamin C has been proven over and over to be an effective way to slow down the appearance of skin aging, when used on a daily basis.
Many companies have used derivatives of vitamin C, such as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate or Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
While these types of vitamin C produce some benefit, recent studies have shown that vitamin C derivatives are not able to penetrate the skin - the percentage may not even be great enough to notice visible results.
What Is Pure Vitamin C
L-ascorbic acid, is the purest, most potent, and only form of topical vitamin C that can fully be absorbed by the skin.
Once L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is applied to the skin it is immediately absorbed, cannot be washed off, and will remain in the skin for up to 72 hours.
L-ascorbic acid works at a cellular level to "reweave" the skin fibers, building and binding the cells together, resulting in smoother, more youthful skin.
All other forms of vitamin c are a combination of l-ascorbic acid with another ingredient or a derivative of l-ascorbic.
Therefore, l-ascorbic acid is considered the pure form of vitamin c.
What Are The Benefits of Vitamin C For Skin
It helps prevent water loss and maintains the skin's barrier function:
- it strengthens capillary walls;
- promotes collagen and elastin synthesis;
- helps to brighten and prevent photodamage;
- and increases cell reproduction.
Vitamin C is a wound healing vitamin, as it is required for tissue growth and repair.
It can inhibit irregular melanin production and suppresses hyperpigmentation and inflammation, making it an important part of our well-aging skin care routine.
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