Vitamin C 🍋

As skincare consultants 🕵🏻‍♀️, it was very insightful to discover the most googled skincare ingredients! Our next posts we will be highlighting these ingredients starting with the #1 most searched : Vitamin C🍋

Is it really a surprise😏? Vitamin C has gained attention over the last few years due to his countless skin’s benefits. This vitamin is a an antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radicals emitted by environmental stressors such as smoke 💨 , pollution 🚗 , UV light ☀️ etc.

Not only protective 🙌🏼, Vitamin C is also regenerative, as it helps to restore Vitamin E. Just like “superfoods” in nutrition, Vitamin C is a skin hero as it has benefits for every skin type,  but it can be a confusing one👩🏼‍💻! Vitamin C is commonly found in different ascorbyl forms, concentrations, and is now a key product in practically all skincare brands. We believe that this confusion is the key trigger of all of your research🤷🏼‍♀️!

Benefits

  • Protects the skin

  • Improve signs of ageing

  • Assist the fibroblast in making collagen

  • Inhibits melanin formation

What form of Vitamin C is best for my skin ?

L-Ascorbic Acid : The most common form of topical vitamin C. Pure form of this molecule is created by processing ascorbic acid that excludes the D-molecule. This is the less stable form of vitamin C and is not recommended for sensitive and compromised skin

Best for: Ageing Skin! The addition of ferulic acid to l-ascorbic acid often helps to stabilise the molecule and to achieve a well-tolerated acidity for the skin.

Ascorbic Palmitate: Most widely used oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C in skincare products. It’s oil nature is easily attracted by the oil phases of the skin making it a stable and non acidic form of vitamin C. It can penetrate the skin better than L-ascorbic acid and other water soluble forms of vitamin C

Best for: Reinforcing the skin and protecting it from environmental damage. It’s been shown to work in synergy with the antioxidant Vitamin E!

Magnesium Ascorbic Phosphate: Water-soluble compound that is more stable in water but is less potent that direct L-Ascorbic Acid.  This compound is effective in significantly lower concentrations!

Best for: Sensitive skin & vitamin C beginners.  It doesn’t have any exfoliating effects compared to other forms of Vitamin C.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: It is also a water soluble derivative of ascorbic acid. It is believed to provide the same benefits as l-ascorbic acid, whiteout the risk of oxidation and irritation.

Best for: Acne-prone skins. There is some research showing amounts of 1% and 5% concentrations of sodium ascorbyl phosphate can influence factors linked to breakouts!

ATTENTION

  • Some brands claims to use L-Ascorbic Acid, when in reality they are using unpurified ascorbic acid with both L- and D- molecular structures.

  • Make sure that the formulation of the product contains at least 8% for an optimal concentration.

  • L-Ascorbic acid is not recommended for compromised skin as it can be irritating