Why is Vitamin C such a hot topic in skincare? Why, the results, of course! But what is in this potent ingredient, and how exactly does it work?
The secret to the action of Vitamin C is in its ability to slow down the aging process by preventing free radical damage. You see, free radicals cause hyperpigmentation, destruction of collagen, and an overall breakdown of the skin. There are many forms of free radical “scavengers” that can help slow down and reverse the aging process, yet the most beneficial are thought to be Vitamin C and E (justaboutskin.com, 2017).
But wait, there is more! Vitamin C and E in combination have a synergistic effect on one another, enhancing each other’s skin benefits, if you will. This is because Vitamin E can only synthesize one free radical at a time before becoming inactive. The Vitamin C actually helps to regenerate Vitamin E, which helps protect lipids from oxidation (justaboutskin.com, 2017). Plus, Vitamin C in combination with a sunscreen is thought to boost the sun protectant’s actions, as well (livestrong.com, 2014).
Vitamin C isn’t just another skincare fad, here today, then gone tomorrow. Its benefits have been well researched scientifically and clinically proven. It can help rebuild collagen, improve the appearance of wrinkles, and lighten hyperpigmentation . It is a mild exfoliator; thus, it is a good alternative for those whose skin is too sensitive for other forms of exfoliation (justaboutskin.com, 2017). It helps to clear the pores and helps inhibit melanin formation (i.e., sunspots). Supplementation in skincare, diet, and oral remedies are helpful because Vitamin C is an antioxidant that our body does not synthesize on its own (justaboutskin.com, 2017). Having it as a component in your skincare helps it to go directly to the skin source. Bam!
An important consideration in choosing your form of Vitamin C skincare is whether or not it is “esteratized.” Vitamin C Ester is an ascorbic acid combined with another molecule, also known as a lipovector (University of Maryland, 2013). This combination helps to minimize irritation and helps the Vitamin C to penetrate the skin better (Livestrong.com, 2014). The Vitamin C must be the proper pH and must be stabilized to prevent breakdown of the active ingredient as well. Storing your Vitamin C out of direct sunlight is also helpful.
Speaking of Vitamin C, we here at Sweet Minerals have a wonderfully made Brightening System, with (you guessed it!) Vitamin C Ester and Vitamin E. It consists of a luxurious facial cream and eye serum with an elegant feel, never greasy! Add to that a host of yummy ingredients: Organic Blueberry Fruit Extract, Organic Cranberry Fruit Extract, Organic Raspberry Fruit Extract, Coconut Oil, and more! My goodness, I think I may want to eat it! As always, we seek out pure, good-for- you ingredients, and never test on animals.
Have I used the system myself? Absolutely, and I love it! My acne-prone skin is actually clear! My pores are tightened! My skin is glowing!
I “C” the difference, and I like what I “C”!
Speaking of liking, you are important. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are somebody’s everything. Like yourself, love yourself, and be your own best friend… “C” yourself through the eyes of God…and be good to you!
xxx ooo ~ Carol
justaboutskin.com, 2017. “Vitamin C in Skincare Products”. www.justaboutskin.com/viatmin-c-skin-care/
Livestrong.com, 2014. “What Are the Benefits of Buffered Vitamin C?” www.livestrong.com/article/262087-what-are-the-benefits-of-buffered-vitamin-c
University of Maryland, 2013. “Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid”. umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid