VITAMIN C…a must !!
You may already know, but it bears repeating, that when it comes to smart skin care, there isn’t a single magic ingredient—no matter how expensive, no matter how rare., no matter how much is used. Just as eating only one vegetable can’t possibly give your body everything it needs, no single antioxidant, no matter how potent, can give your skin all the care it needs.
Yet if …you’ve seen any skin care marketing in the past two decades, you’ve probably noticed that vitamin C gets a lot of attention as being nothing short of miraculous. it’s not hype…but it can be expensive, but I’ll fill you in in products and DIY later blog
HOW WE FOUND OUT VIT C BENEFITS
Almost 20 years ago, a Duke University scholar published a ground-breaking paper that showed how a form of vitamin C called L-ascorbic acid reduced UVB damage when applied to the backs of hairless pigs. This evidence suggested that photodamage or “sun spots” could be repaired with topical use of vitamin C—and that was big news for anyone concerned with signs of aging! That original paper preceded an impressive and conclusive body of research that has since proven the benefits, stability issues, and usage requirements for vitamin C. Further research (lots of research) continued to show vitamin C’s positive effect on skin, and a bonafide, legitimate skincare craze was born!
IN YOUR PRODUCTS
As widely used as vitamin C is in cosmetics now, it can get confusing because there are many forms, each with its own name formulated in varying amounts. Here’s what you need to know:
The forms of vitamin C that are proven most stable and effective are: ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
Regardless of marketing hype – there is no one “best” form of topically-applied vitamin C.
A proven range for vitamin C efficacy is between 0.3% and 10%.
All antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. If a product containing antioxidants does not come in airtight, opaque packaging, don’t buy it!
So What Can Vitamin C Really Do?
Here’s what a well-formulated, stably-packaged product with vitamin C can do for your skin:
Protect skin cells and skin’s support structure from UV-related damage
Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin
Strengthen skin’s barrier response
Promote collagen production
Enhance effectiveness of peels and microdermabrasion
Lessen hyperpigmentation (at levels of 3% or greater)
Boost the efficacy of sunscreen
To really see benefits, vit c is very active. Meaning it loses it power fast. It has to be in air tight jar and has to be coloured to block out sun rays. It’s essential.