Vitamin C

You may not know it, but this vitamin is used in many skin serums.  Today we’ll talk about the benefits of vitamin c as it pertains to skin care and aging.

We most commonly associate Vitamin C with oranges and orange juice.  We know that when we get sick we are supposed to stock up on Vitamin C packs, lozenges and juices.  Did you know that Vitamin C also plays a very important role in skin care?  With regards to beauty, adding Vitamin C to your skin care routine can help you look great on many levels.  The topical use of Vitamin C revitalizes your skin, allowing for improvement in the tone and texture!  You will instantly look younger with smooth and silky skin on your face and body.  It works to protect you against UVB rays and can help you combat sun damage, under eye wrinkles and photo damage. These are some of the most common skin worries of women today.

Vitamin C and Skin Care

There are many products out there formulated with Vitamin C as an ingredient.  But what role does it exactly play in your skin care products?  Here is an overview of what it does in relation to your skin and why many recommend using a product with this vitamin.

  • Key producer of collagen
  • Helps create scar tissue and ligaments
  • Helps your skin repair itself
  • Antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage
  • Research further suggest that it may also reduce sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation and prevent the consequences of long-term sun exposure

What Skin Issues can it Help With?

  • Reduces redness after UV burning
  • Other inflammatory conditions as psoriasis and eczema have also shown clinical improvement
  • Stimulate collagen synthesis
  • Reduce dark pigmentation of the skin

There are 3 forms of this Ingredient that are commonly used in cosmetics.  They are:

  • Ascorbyl palmitate
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • L-ascorbic acid

The most common type of in cosmetics is the L-ascorbic acid.  L-ascorbic acid is the most ‘natural’ form of vitamin C.  If L-ascorbic acid is fresh and properly stored, it will work well for those who don’t have sensitive skin.  However, L-ascorbic acid has some reasons for concern.  First, it can irritate the skin.  Second, it is not very stable.  This means that it oxidizes easily when it is exposed to air. Oxidized Vitamin C will not provide any benefit to the skin and may even harm it by increasing free radical formation.  If you are not sure how L-ascorbic acid has been stored or how old it is, simply avoid using it.

Some skin care experts suggest that L-ascorbic acid is the ONLY type of Vitamin C you should look for in any eye serum.

Selecting a skin care product is not as easy as finding the most expensive or least expensive item on the market.   In fact, Vitamin C is used and sold in several different forms and is more or less effective depending on its concentration, storage, and type.

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