With so much conflicting information out there, it is more important now than ever to discuss truths versus myths as it relates to skincare products and their ingredients.
So the skincare product ingredient we are going to focus on and discuss a little bit about today is Vitamin C!
What to Look For Before Purchasing Vitamin C Skincare
So by now, we have all heard about Vitamin C being good for the skin, but why is it good for the skin? This is an often asked question, and the main reason why Vitamin C is good for the skin is that it is an antioxidant.
What does an antioxidant do for your skin?
Antioxidants help preserve the skin. Everything in life from sun, pollution, sugar, pretty much everything we do regularly in our lives is going to aid in the break down if our collagen and elastin.
So antioxidants are very important as they are going to help neutralize the enzymes/free radicals that are released into the body that break down the collagen, elasticity, and hydration. Vitamin C will help preserve our collagen, elastin and hydration.
Vitamin C is going to be the highest level of the strongest antioxidant out there. There are also other antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Ferlic acid, and many other.
What are some additional skin benefits of Vitamin C?
Vitamin C also helps brighten the skin, as well as it helps build collagen and elasticity; however, not all Vitamin C is made equal.
Vitamin C can be extremely unstable, so just because you see Vitamin C in a skincare product, it may not be a stable form of Vitamin C.
Our skin is very complex, and is able to protect itself so not everything is going to be able to absorb in the skin, especially if it the PH or the molecule size is off in the product.
For me personally, when I’m reading the ingredients to a product, I want to make sure that it contains a stable form of Vitamin C so that I know the product is able to penetrate the skin.
What are some examples of stable forms of Vitamin C?
The two forms of stable Vitamin C that I like are L-ascorbic acid and THD ascorbate Acid. If you see either of these on the back of a skincare product ingredients list, these are very stable forms of Vitamin C and that product is considered a very good Vitamin C product.
But remember, just because we see these two ingredients in the product, does no mean the product is effect. Where the ingredient is listed on the back of the product is important, as ingredients listed towards the top are more potent than those near the bottom.
So overall, yes, I absolutely love Vitamin C, especially for my patients who are trying to preserve the skin and have long lasting younger looking skin, which who doesn’t want that?!
Vitamin C Serum Recommendations
If you’d like some recommendations for Vitamin C based skincare products, I personally love the Revision C+ Correcting Lotion and the Revision 15% Vitamin C, both of which are available on my Skincare Shop with free shipping! I only include products on the Skincare Shop that meet very strict criteria, so nothing gets included on there if it isn’t the best of the best.
Thanks you again for joining me today in discussing Vitamin C, as always, reach out to me if you have any questions either through messaging my Instagram @esty_lauren, or come see me in person at Ellemes Medical Spa in Atlanta!
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