Vitamin C is:
- One of nature’s natural antioxidants.
- Can be used to treat and prevent changes associated with environmental aging.
- Essential for collagen production.
- The active cosmetic form of vitamin C is ascorbic acid.
- Safe for daily usage.
- Helps correct hyperpigmentation
On rare occasions vitamin C has been known to sting, cause erythema or dryness. This slight reaction can be corrected by adjusting your moisturizer. Be careful when you apply vitamin C around your eyes.
Should You Use A Vitamin C Serum? Yes, Vitamin C can be absorbed through the skin with topical applications. Exfoliating your skin regularly will help increase the benefits of your topical vitamin C applications. (Vitamin C AM/Vitamin A PM). Be careful not to over exfoliate. Find a happy medium for your skin type and condition.
Vitamin C Helps Slow Down Environmental Aging
Vitamin C should be part of any topical anti-aging program, partnering it with either a Retin A, Retinol or AHA serum. We all have to age, but we can do something about “environmental aging”. Let’s talk about free radicals. Free radicals are the bad guys. Free radicals are generated when your skin is exposed to UV rays. They go about damaging your collagen and elastin protein fibers. The physical results of damaged collagen and elastin fibers are the dreaded wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin.
Have no fear! You have an ally. Vitamin C is a power antioxidant that protects your skin after it has been exposed to UV rays by neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals. Also, Vitamin C is equally effective against both UVA and UVB rays' damage.
More Good News! Clinical studies have shown that the topical usage of Vitamin C increases collagen production in young skin as well as aged skin. So you’re never too old to start correcting past sun damage and not too young to protect your future self.
Is Vitamin C Good For Hyperpigmentation?
It should be used as part of a treatment program to correct hyperpigmentation. It’s also helpful in preventing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
It inhibits the enzyme that causes the overproduction of melanocytes cells. Melanocytes cells produce melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin, hair, and eyes their color. Dark spots and dark patches on the skin are examples of concentrated areas of increased melanin production.
Power Antioxidant, Yet Fragile
The stability of ascorbic acid in a topical solution is a problem. When exposed to air, heat, and/or light, it may slowly degrade. Not to worry though, the most effective topical natural form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid, when partnered with other antioxidant compounds, its stability increases. To prevent oxidation, most cosmeceutical skin care companies packaged their vitamin C serum in such a way as to protect it from light.
There Are More Stable Forms Of Vitamin C
- The synthetic derivate, ascorbate phosphate, has been shown to be not as effective.
- Lipid-soluble derivate, ascorbyl palmitate, absorption and performance in the skin is limited. A study with cultured skin cells found the application of ascorbyl palmitate had some toxic effects.
Should Vitamin C Be Use As A Sunscreen?
Vitamin C is not a sunscreen. Vitamin C can enhance your current sunscreen. It has the ability to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, not by absorbing UV light or reflecting it, but by neutralizing free radicals.
Laboratory tests have shown that, by applying a topical solution of 10% Vitamin C, reddening of the skin caused by UVB exposure was reduced by 52% and sunburn cells were reduced by 40-60%.