Vitamin C is arguably one of my favorite ingredients that delivers multiple benefits, which keep skin healthy, longer. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that is vital for the repair and growth of tissues in all parts of the body, including the skin, but we cannot produce it on our own.
The powerhouse antioxidant is found naturally in fruits and vegetables and commonly produced synthetically for use in skincare products.
Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin
One of the most popular benefits of Vitamin C is increased collagen production, which helps plump the skin and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, slowing down the signs of aging.
In addition to its powerful anti-aging benefits, Vitamin C helps protect the skin from the sun’s UVA / UVB rays. And because it is an antioxidant, it naturally helps strengthen skin and repel the free radicals that could damage it.
Vitamin C also has potent brightening effects. It can help even out your complexion, fading redness and discoloration. With consistent use, skin will appear more youthful.
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Types of Vitamin C
There are a few types of Vitamin C, with L-ascorbic Acid being the most biologically active and well-studied form of Vitamin C when it comes to skincare.
Products containing L-ascorbic Acid typically feature a lower pH, with 3.5 as the optimal pH for absorption. The concentration of L-ascorbic Acid varies by formula, with 10-20% being the sweet spot for maximum benefit to the skin.
Other forms of Vitamin C include Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Magnesium or Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and Tetrahexadecyl Ascorbate.
The primary benefits to choosing a formula with one of these other forms of Vitamin C are increased stability (as L-ascorbic Acid can oxidize quickly), greater absorption through the skin, and reduced potential for irritation, which is important for those with sensitive skin.
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