Vitamin C is arguably one of our favorite ingredients that delivers multiple skin benefits.
The most popular benefit of Vitamin C is collagen production, which helps plump the skin and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, slowing down the signs of aging and combating laxity.
In addition to its powerful anti-aging benefits, this powerhouse also protects the skin from the sun’s UVA / UVB rays. And because it is an antioxidant, it helps strengthen skin and protect against free radical damage. Vitamin C can also help out even out the complexion. It inhibits tyrosinase, which slows the production of melanin, effectively lightening discoloration. With continued, daily use, skin appears more youthful and even without cosmetic work or lasers.
There are a few different types of Vitamin C. Absorbic Acid is the most common type when it comes to skincare, however it has trouble passing through the lipid bilayer, and must be used quickly, as it is relatively unstable. It also is not the best option for those with sensitive skin, as it requires a low pH to be truly effective. Ascorbyl Phosphate Salts (Magnesium or Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) are gaining in popularity because of the ease with which they penetrate the cell wall, as well as their stability. Because of their permeability, they can be used in lower concentrations and deliver the same excellent benefits. Finally, we have Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate. Unlike the previous two derivatives, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is oil soluble. Because it is encapsulated in lipids, it enters the skin cells with ease, and can deliver up to ten times more active Vitamin C, ensuring more effective brightening, strengthening and protection. Whichever type you choose, Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for skin health.
What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it, so eating foods high in vitamin C will also benefit your skin. In addition to the orange, this vitamin is also found in strawberries, brussel sprouts, and red peppers to name a few.
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