Skincare should be "super". So super, your skin shows it. It should be honest, gentle, and results-driven. Honestly, why would anyone want to purchase products full of empty promises? The truth is, when you look good, you feel good. Period. It's my goal to help you feel good!
Vitamin C, one of your skin’s greatest friends is becoming the talk of the town at least when it comes to early wrinkle prevention. With numerous forms, including ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid being the most common, this water-soluble vitamin is well-researched and has been documented to reduce skin irritation and discolorations, revive the production of collagen, minimize wrinkles, and with everyday use, reduce the harsh effects of stress and sunlight. Equally greater, vitamin C doubles as an antioxidant by working against free radical scavengers, chemicals known to rob the skin of important nutrients and vitamins including vitamin C. In addition to its abilities to heal and brighten, further research has proven that the potent properties of this well-loved vitamin has the ability to travel deeply to improve healing, repair damaged skin cells, and restore the surface barrier of skin. Likewise, the antioxidant properties of vitamin C makes it a great topical treatment for chronic dryness and lower-level skin cells, thus preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in dry skin and minimizing the damage to both the epidermis (top layer of skin) and the dermis (the skin’s second layer). It truly is the best of both worlds.
Vitamin C comes in many forms including ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl glucosamine and the stability of each form may differ. For example, ascorbyl palmitate and sodium ascorbyl phosphate are among forms that are proven stable and effective when included in skincare formulations. Fortunately and unfortunately, because vitamin C is an antioxidant, air and light exposure will minimize its effectiveness if not packaged properly. Therefore, both clear packaging and jar packaging are poor options for products containing vitamin C.
Vitamins alone are wonderful choices to ingest and apply topically to skin. However, if anti-aging is a concern vitamin C is a fabulous choice due to its ability to promote collagen synthesis, therefore reducing wrinkle depths. Likewise, along with minimizing premature aging, this potent vitamin heals wounds, restores dry skin, aids in photo protection, and protects against damage caused by UV light exposure. When shopping, look for products containing vitamin C that are packaged in opaque containers. Remain from purchasing products packaged in jars or other clear packaging.
Sources: Michels, A.(2011, September). Vitamin c and skin health. Retrieved November 12, 2014 from Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute Web site: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/skin/vitaminC/