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🤷🏼♀️!
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!
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