Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid is most often credited with it antioxidant properties and ability to protect the skin from photo damage and oxidation. Ascorbic acid is also an important factor in the synthesis of collagen, which keeps skin firm and young looking! YES! It enables the skin's repair functions to perform optimally and prevents moisture loss from the skin by increasing the production of necessary barrier lipids.
Although a balanced diet is very important for overall health, it seems that oral intake of Vitamin C is not the most effective way to get it into your skin cells and take advantage of it's anti aging effects. The most effective way is to apply it topically. So if you are looking to prevent or repair sun damage, even out skin tone, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Vitamin C should absolutely be found somewhere in your skin care routine.
When looking for Vit C here are some things to consider.
- A 3-10% concentration of Ascorbic or L Ascorbic acid will be effective, but for the most benefit and quickest results look for 20%.
- Because Vitamin C breaks down readily in light it should be packaged in a dark, well sealed container.
- There are several types of Vitamin C effectively used in Skin care products. Here are a few that you may see listed on the ingredients list: ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate and retinyl ascorbate.
- As always, it's very important to read the ingredient list on a product claiming to have Vitamin C. Ingredients are listed in order of volume...the first several listed will have the highest volumes. If the key ingredient is later on the list you can probably assume that it is not enough in the solution to benefit your skin.
- Although it is common to see Vitamin C in cleansers or moisturizers the best delivery system is a serum. Serums are thinner solutions with smaller molecules that penetrate the epidermis vs getting washed down the drain or sitting on the surface.
Because of its ability to prevent damage and repair just about everyone can benefit from topical Vitamin C. There is some concern about sensitivity in higher doses, so sensitive skin types should apply cautiously at first gradually working up to daily application if well tolerated. It's healing properties can be helpful for acne treatment and blemish repair. Dry skin types will retain moisture more efficiently. The collagen production benefits make it an obvious solution to those looking to reverse the hand of time.
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