The beauty industry is expressing its love for this ingredient, why aren’t you?
Right from being the cult leader to a multi-tasking ingredient, vitamin C has wowed the beauty industry by its charm. If you are a skincare geek and haven’t reached out for this ingredient yet, then you are failing at your skincare game. Don’t worry, let us guide you through each facet of this refreshing ingredient, as we sip on some orange juice.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin that isn’t actually produced by the body. Rather, the only way to get it is by including it in your diet or by popping in some supplements. But the best way that your skin, in particular, can reap the benefits of vitamin C is when it’s applied topically as to when it’s ingested via an oral supplement or your diet.
Let’s break it down
Vitamin C is much more than oranges and citric acids. There are several types of vitamin C that you must know of. First, off we have Ascorbic Acid which absorbs the quickest and has the highest potency when applied topically. This is the one used in our skincare products. When used in lower concentrations, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP), another water-soluble derivative of vitamin C, works effectively. Then there’s Ester-C, a trademarked form of vitamin C that’s been amped up with Calcium Ascorbate. What you need to look at in your skincare products is Ascorbic Acid. Now that you know which vitamin C fits best for you, let’s soak in the enriching benefits of this ingredient.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps in regenerating other antioxidants in the body. From a scientific viewpoint, it distributes electrons which neutralize free radicals formed on the skin by external stressors. One of them could be sun damage. One thing that needs to be taken into consideration is that vitamin C doesn’t protect your skin from sun damage as SPF does, rather it just minimizes the damage to a certain extent.
Vitamin C has the ability to stabilize and produce collagen molecules. Collagen keeps the skin tissues and cells intact and firm, while also providing it with the required amount of moisture so that it stays lustrous and smooth. Making it one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the block. There have also been some studies that show vitamin C as an agent that improves the quality of collagen produced in one’s body.
One of the most loved effects of vitamin C is it’s brightening facet. It plays a vital role in decreasing the production of melanin. vitamin C triggers the production of Glutathione and Vitamin E in the cells that together form pheomelanin — a yellow substance that keeps the skin colour bright by replacing eumelanin which is darker. It works impeccably in reducing spots and other hyperpigmentation caused on the skin.
Heals and cures
Ever need a quick fix to heal your skin, vitamin C is the perfect solution! This potent ingredient produces collagen which forms new connective tissues on the wounded area, thereby healing it. For the skin particularly, certain vitamin C based healing creams are available which take very little time to bring back the finer skin.
Eyes on the packaging
With all things good, there has to be some downside to the picture. The same goes for vitamin C. Any product enriched with this ingredient tends to destabilize when it comes in contact with the air. For which, while selecting products you need to have your eyes on the packaging. We recommend you buy small bottles so you can use it all before it expires. Also, look containers with a pump or some other air-restrictive device so you get the most for your money. So, now that you are well-versed with this ingredient, it’s time to splurge and make your skin radiant and beautiful!