There are so many different ways that you can get your Vitamin C but today we’re talking about topical products… and we’ve found some innovative formulas to share with you today.
Why Vitamin C? Well here are some of the benefits in skincare:
- It’s hydrating and decreases trans epidermal water loss, allowing your skin to better retain moisture.
- It can help fade pigmentation and smooth the skin’s surface to reduce dullness, leaving you with a youthful glow.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties – so can help minimise redness on the skin.
- It has been shown to delay melanin production so can help fade hyperpigmentation (which occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain areas of the skin) so can help fade dark spots and lead to a more even-toned complexion.
- It also boosts collagen production, firming the skin
- It also protects against sun damage due to the high level of antioxidants
Three of the most common forms you’ll find are:
This is the purest form of Vitamin C… the gold standard and considered the best form for getting the best effects from Vitamin C
However, due to the level of strength in this ingredient, if you overdo it, it can have the opposite effect – so be careful!
However, it will only stay effective for short period once exposed to air – will turn into a brownish colour. If using a product with this in it, don’t get one in a pot, as this will be exposed to air. If the product also includes water, this will cause it to oxidise and lose its effectiveness, so it’s often found in powder formulations.
Often found in 10%, 15% and 20% concentrations.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
This form of Vitamin C is a more stable form and therefore will last longer. It is also considered to be the more gentle form and is a water soluble form of Vitamin C.
Research suggesting that a 1%-5% concentration can be effective at fighting breakouts, works well with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
This is another stabler form of Vitamin C as it is combined with glucose. It exhibits the same activity of ascorbic acid (as it is broken down into that once activated) but won’t break down when exposed to water/air so quickly… possibly lasting double the amount of time, which is fab!
Other ESTERIFIED FORMS of Vitamin C include…
- Ascorbyl palmitate
- Magnesium ascorbyl palmitate
- Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
- Calcium ascorbat
- Sodium ascorbate
- Sodium acorbyl phosphate
They are a more stable than ascorbic but not quite as effective.
Even though you do get an instant glow from vitamin c, you’ll really get the full benefits by using Vitamin C consistently and over a period of time for it to really start working.
Let’s talk about some products that utilise the amazing benefits of Vitamin C: