We all love summer right? The warm rays of sun are here leaving the dry cold winter behind. Yay! With all the excitement of summer, it’s easy to forget about your skincare regimen and protecting yourself from the damaging rays of the sun, UV radiation, pollution, and a myriad of free radicals that are assaulting us on a daily basis.
Vitamin C is one of the most researched ingredient in skincare and can be found everywhere. Serums, creams, masks…you name it you have seen or even tried a product with Vitamin C in attempt to fight off the signs of aging skin. Stop! Buyer Beware! Not all Vitamin C products are created equal. So let’s cover some common questions and provide solid information you need to know before you make your next purchase of a Vitamin C skin care product.
It’s impossible to avoid most of what contributes to aging skin. But we can keep Mother Nature at bay with an amazing powerhouse antioxidant called L-Ascorbic Acid, better known as Vitamin C, to fight off all of what assaults our skin daily. Knowing some key things about this ingredient will help you slow the aging process and keep your skin glowing all year long.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant that is properly absorbed through a normal healthy diet. The absorption and plasma levels of Vitamin C are largely affected by the food choices you make. The body will absorb enough Vitamin C from the foods we eat, but often times the levels of Vitamin C are not high enough to reach the skin leaving your skin without all the Vitamin C benefits.
How does Vitamin C affect my skin?
- Vitamin C can help fight off the development of wrinkles.
- Reduce hyperpigmentation, brown spots and other types of sun damage.
- Vitamin C has been thought to help aid in the prevention of skin cancer.
- Enhances your sunscreen for even greater protection from the damaging UV rays from the sun.
- Helps firm the skins appearance by its ability to enhance collagen production.
- Reduce inflammation and irritation that can cause further skin damage.
- Assist in healing previous skin damage such as red marks caused by breakouts.
How do I get the best results?
To get the maximum benefits from Vitamin C, you have to follow a few simple guidelines:
Exfoliate your skin: During summer months it is recommended that we gently exfoliate our skin to remove the dead skin cells and debris left behind by makeup and environmental influences. Exfoliating the skin is especially important when using Vitamin C so there is maximum absorption and maximum benefit. Products with Vitamin C can be used with your day and night time skin care regimen. If you're using the product during the day, don’t forget your sunscreen!
Proper Storage: Vitamin C products need to be stored in a container such as a brown or colored bottle, or a completely solid bottle that blocks the light from coming in contact with the product. Air and heat also contribute to the product decomposition and effectiveness. So a word of advice…If its yellow or brown…put it down, specifically in the garbage can. At Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics we believe the best form of storage is an occlusive airless pump for most of our products. Using and occlusive airless pump accomplishes the best of everything to make the product be as effective as possible.
Look for Vitamin C derivatives: Using other forms of Vitamin C are effective and can add more stability and less oxidation to your product, and research has found that using these derivatives make Vitamin C in skincare work even better!
What is a Vitamin C derivative and how can they help my skin?
Vitamin C derivatives are friends of L-ascorbic acid. These friends are especially helpful in skin care products. Many believe Vitamin C alone will give you the best benefits, however adding derivatives to skin care products will not only prolong Vitamin C, they increase the benefits to the skin with their own unique properties. Let me explain, and introduce the 4 most common derivatives of Vitamin C you might find in skin care products.
- Ascorbyl Palmitate: The most widely used fat-soluble derivative of vitamin C in skin care. This ingredient is a powerhouse friend, it is nonirritating and more stable than vitamin C, and will assist in protecting the skin from some forms of free radical damage.
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: A stable form of vitamin C that is considered an analogue of L-ascorbic acid. Unlike pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is lipid (fat) soluble. Some researchers believe this form of vitamin C has greater affinity for skin, as its fatty acid component helps aid penetration and protect the vitamin C component from rapid oxidation. This form of vitamin C has also been shown to stimulate healthy collagen production and reduce wrinkle depth.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A form of vitamin C that is considered stable and an effective antioxidant for skin. This form of vitamin C is also known to increase skin’s hydration levels and improve its elasticity. Like most forms of vitamin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate has been shown to improve hyperpigmentation.
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A stable, water-soluble form of vitamin C that functions as an antioxidant. There is limited but promising research demonstrating that with proper concentrations this antioxidant many have an antibacterial affect and help with acne, reduce inflammation produced by acne and could possibly be a skin brightening agent, and reduce the development of fine lines. But the jury is still out.
What is the Bottom Line?
With a multitude of research over decades showing the benefits of Vitamin C, I guess you can say that incorporating the right kind of Vitamin C product to your skincare regimen is a no brainer.
At Simply Nontoxic Cosmetics we have several products that incorporate the philosophy of using the combination of L-ascorbic acid and an assortment of its friends as well as other skin healthy ingredients to bring you the best product possible to keep your skin looking its best. Look to some of our skincare products containing vitamin C that may be right for you:
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