The Benefits of Vitamin C for Your Skin February 24 2016
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that may also help rebuild collagen. In laboratory studies, vitamin C seems to reduce or even protect against damage to skin cells caused by UV radiation. Vitamin C also seems to help skin cells survive after exposure to UV rays.
There are two primary forms of Vitamin C used in skin care - ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Vitamin C is highly vulnerable to oxidation and can quickly lose it’s effectiveness if exposed to air and light.
These forms of Vitamin C will bring multiple benefits to your skin, preventing future damage but also working to repair the effects of aging and sun on your skin, promote wound healing, and control inflammation.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is transformed into Vitamin C when applied to the skin. MAP will improve skin elasticity, and to decrease wrinkles through stimulation of collagen synthesis. It also reduces redness, promotes wound healing, and suppresses pigmentation. Because the body control mechanisms limit the amount of ingested vitamin C available to skin, topical application becomes an efficient way to benefit from all forms of Vitamin C.
In medical studies, individuals with photo-aged skin were treated with topical ascorbic acid serum once a day for 2 weeks. 80% experienced a score decrease of 2 or 3 grades, according to the dermatologist. 75% rated their overall satisfaction as excellent or very good. Dyspigmentation, surface roughness, and fine lines on the treated side improved significantly. The conclusion of this particular studies shows that vitamin C is an effective for the treatment of photo-aged skin and does not cause any obvious side effects.
Vitamin C is one of the naturally occurring antioxidants in nature. Most plants and animals are able to synthesize Vitamin C in vivo from glucose. Humans and certain other vertebrates lack the enzyme L-glucono-gamma lactone oxidase required for in vivo synthesis of it. We need to acquire it from natural sources such as citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, papaya and broccoli. The word “Ascorbus” means no Scurvy. Traditionally, Vitamin C rich foods like lemons were carried by sailors on long journeys to avoid Scurvy, a disease of bleeding gums. In 1937, Dr. Albert Szent Goyrgi was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in isolating the Vitamin C molecule from red peppers and identifying its role in Scurvy.
Vitamin C has a potential anti-inflammatory activity and can be used in conditions like acne vulgaris and rosacea. It can promote wound healing and prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
It’s best to apply Vitamin C is by adding a pure powdered form to you cream or serum daily. Mixing it fresh will ensure its potency and prevent the opportunity for it to oxidize and lose it beneficial qualities. Even serums and products on the market require serious consideration, as they will usually contain chemicals and synthetics to stabilize the Vitamin C, then making the product not as good for you if it has to contain those ingredients just to support the Vitamin C content. An (expensive) alternative to using Vitamin C fresh each day is to find products with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, so there isn’t the concern of degradation as with using Vitamin C. As noted above, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is transformed into Vitamin C when applied to the skin.
Here are two of our products that contain either Vitamin C or Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate:
Super Firming & Restructuring Serum