More About Vitamin C

More About Vitamin C

What is vitamin C? 

Vitamin C is growing its popularity in the skincare area as many people started to add vitamin C serum into their daily skincare routine to achieve and maintain a brighter, clearer and youthful complexion. 

Vitamin C in skincare will assist with neutralising the free radicals damaged on our skin and protecting our cells from the free radicals damage. Our skin gets oxidants every day through environmental pollutions, sun damage and an unhealthy lifestyle. The anti-oxidant properties are currently gaining their reputations in skincare ingredients.  

The pure form of vitamin C is known as L-ascorbic acid in skincare products. Derivatives are known as sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Derivatives of vitamin C are used in skincare ingredients to enrich, stabilise, or water-soluble, which will be more beneficial to our skin cells.  

Which one to choose? 

Vitamin C in skin care products is not made equally. Therefore, the effectiveness of the vitamin C product is different. How do you which is the best one? The priority ingredient to look for in vitamin C skincare products would be L-ascorbic acid because it’s a pure form of vitamin C. Other effective variants of vitamin C also benefits our skin. These are the names to look for, ascorbyl palmitate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. To maximise the benefits of the vitamin C skincare products, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and, ferulic acid is added to the product to deliver better skin benefits.

We might think the higher the potency of vitamin C is better, but that is not the correct thought. For normal skin, above 8% concentration of vitamin C is the right amount for collagen synthesis, maintaining healthy skin and protect our skin from UV damage. Using a twenty percentage concentration of vitamin C would be the maximum amount I would recommend using on your skin. When the potency is higher than 20%, it may cause skin irritation as using vitamin C can also cause our skin to become sensitive to sunlight, so don’t forget to wear sunscreen during the day.

Packaging is another important fact when looking to purchase vitamin C skincare products. Vitamin C should be in a pack in an airtight bottle, and the bottle should be in an opaque or tinted bottle to avoid sunlight to pass through. Exposure to light, heat, and air may degrade the product. Some manufactures also recommend that it’s best to keep the product refrigerated to preserve its properties.

Conclusion:

Vitamin C has many variants which have different names in different skincare products. The pure form of vitamin C is known as L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is effective in the range between 8% -20% of concentration. Vitamin C will maximise the benefits to our skin when the product has these combos, tocopherol (vitamin E) or glutathione, ferulic acid, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid. It should be in a tinted, dark, airtight bottle. Remember to store it in a dry, dark, cool place to avoid product degradation. The last tip is, don’t forget to wear sunscreen during the day because vitamin C can cause our skin to be sensitive to light.

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