VITAMIN C FOR OUR SKIN
We all know that vitamin C is VITAL for a healthy immune system.
However, few people realise that it’s very important for our skins. When we take it orally, very little reaches the skin.
So applying vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) to the skin is 20 times more effective than oral ingestion!
Results show that when vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is applied topically to the skin it:
- stimulates collagen and elastin
- improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- prevents new lines from appearing
- evens out skin tone
- reduces skin pigmentation
The method of application of it is very important. Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) should be applied to a DRY and CLEAN skin morning and night. Free radicals don’t sleep so it’s important to use the vitamin C in your night care routine.
When you apply your vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) serum, you must wait for it to absorb into the skin before you apply any other product on top. This is because it will only work properly if it enters the skin. If it hasn’t been absorbed by the skin then it can oxidise with the product being applied on top of it thus becoming INACTIVE.
Once it has entered the skin, you can’t actually wash it off or rub it off!!! It has penetrated the skin and will work continuously for up to 72 hours.
Vitamin C is an unstable molecule. It oxidises fast and needs to be stored appropriately otherwise it is rendered useless.
L-ascorbic acid will only stay effective in skin care products for a short period of time after the product has been opened and exposed to the environment especially water.
Vitamin C must be packaged to protect it from excessive exposure to light and air. You will find it in a dark glass period and it will only have a shelf life for 3-6 months.
Vitamin C doesn’t penetrate the skin easily. For ascorbic acid to work on the skin, the correct pH should be 3.5 or less.
The acidity of the ascorbic acid helps the skin absorb it and if it’s too high then the skin will become sensitive and irritated.
The pH is not the only factor, the concentration of the acid is very important too. 20% is the maximum concentration of L-ascorbic acid otherwise it will irritate the skin.
Although vitamin C/L-ascorbic acid is a great antioxidant on its own, it works even more successfully with vitamin E to create an ANTIOXIDISING POWER HOUSE.
Vitamin C doesn’t penetrate the skin easily and it has to be a certain pH and a certain concentration to be more effective. However, there are fewer complications when it is mixed with vitamin E – the cocktail of vitamin C and E is the way forward.