Vitamin C derivatives and the effects they have to the skin

We all heard about Vitamin C and its beneficial effects on the skin. There are quite a few derivates of Vitamin C used in skin care products and some are better than others due to their stability and ability to not oxidise once in contact with light and air.

Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants to combat pigmentation, fine lines and visible sun damaged areas. It also boosts production of collagen, a protein found in our body that provides our skin with strength, elasticity and cell renewal.

Our body can’t produce Vitamin C which is necessary for our overall health, so it’s important to have a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetable. A small amount will reach our skin, but with age the concentrations will diminish so the best way in replenishing it is to apply it directly to the skin to ensure antioxidant protection. It is recommended to be used from the age of 18 to prevent damage created by free radicals, sun damage and pollution. The early you use it the better the skin will be protected and mentain brightness and elasticity for longer, preseving a healthy, natural glowing look.

Ascorbic acid is known to be a pure form of Vitamin C but it’s highly unstable and has a very short life and if the product containing it has been on the shelf too long, it can make your skin turn orange and actually harm it. We prefer two stable forms of Vitamin C, tetrahexadecyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate which are more efficient in lower concentration and will not oxidise when in contact with air and light with a known shelf life of up to 2 years. They also work best with Vitamin E providing protection against environmental factors while helping in repairing the damage already created.

Tetrahexadecyl ascorbate is a oil soluble stable form of Vitamin C and is 50 times more efficient than ascorbic acid, with a high absorption and convertion rate into the skin layers. It is gentle to the skin and studies have shown it has the ability to stimulate skin to absorb moisture directly from the body. Due to it’s effectivness of penetrating the skin, not only it acts as a powerful antioxidant but directly stimultes collagen production promoting elasticity and youthful looking skin.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is another stable form of Vitamin C, water soluble and non-irritant. It has the same collagen boosting benefits as ascorbic acid but needed in a significant lower concentration. Provides antioxidative protection to cell membranes and reduces melanin synthesis by up to 80% and diminishes age spots in conjunction with Ferulic Acid and L-Ergothioneine. Recommended for sensitive skin types as it’s anti-inflammatory and not acidic like many other Vitamin C formulas.

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