Pure Vitamin C for Skin Aging:
If vitamin C is a skincare superhero, why don't we always see the promised benefits? Are we using the wrong kind of topical C?
I'll show you what type of vitamin C skin care products really do work. And my before and after pictures too!
I did some investigating to see what the deal is with topical vitamin C for skin health and anti-aging, and here is what I found:
Once I found a product that met all these points…
I saw those wonderful benefits I've been reading about, especially on my face and neck.
The product I use contains a 16% concentration of L-ascorbic vitamin C.
It is mixed with vitamin-enriched cocktail serum (that's pH balanced and 70% organic) and each bottle lasts about 30–40 days.
So it's fresh when you apply it. Unlike vitamin C products that have been premixed and sitting on the shelves for months, maybe years.
NOTE: It's important to exfoliate a few times a week to speed up cell turnover and help remove the brown dead skin cells.
Perfect for any skin type, especially dry, mature, wrinkled. And works very well to lighten dark or brown spots.
It does not get any better than that!
Research shows, and skin experts agree, that topical L-ascorbic acid is one of the most stable forms of vitamin C and is very effective at penetrating and rejuvenating the skin.
When you apply this form of vitamin C directly to the skin, it can provide concentrations of up to 200 times more within the skin tissues compared to taking vitamin C orally.
But, for the best results, consider these facts:
Concentration Levels: Use a concentration of at least 10% or higher with a pH of 3.0–3.5. If you have sensitive skin, starting with lower concentrations and gradually increasing is a good idea.
Stability of the Product: Vitamin C can be unstable and degrade very quickly, especially when exposed to light and air. Make sure to keep your vitamin C in a cool, dry area and securely closed after each use.
Consistency in Use: Consistency is key for seeing results with vitamin C. It should ideally be used regularly as part of a skincare routine rather than sporadically.
No, it won't bleach skin tone or cause weird white spots, which can happen with chemical skin lighteners.
But, with regular use, a fresh, potent vitamin C serum can help lighten brown spots, sun spots and age spots.
How does its lightning ability match vitamin B3 – niacinamide?
Vitamin C is more potent, but can be more irritating if you have sensitive skin.
Both vitamin C and niacinamide are known for their ability to address skin discoloration and even out skin tone, but they work in different ways and have unique strengths.
Comparing the two, while both vitamin C and niacinamide have skin-lightening properties, but they target different steps in the melanin production process.
Vitamin C: helps inhibit melanin production and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Niacinamide: works by inhibiting the transfer of melanin to the upper cell layers, the part of the skin you can see. This reduces the accumulation of pigmented cells and therefore reduces dark spots.
Some studies suggest that vitamin C may be more effective in reducing melanin production, making it potentially more potent in lightening the skin.
But, others suggest that using both can bring about even better results.
WHY USE FRESH VITAMIN C SERUMS?
Most experienced skin experts agree that, when applied topically, the right type and potency of C can help:
And because this vitamin can help stimulate collagen production and increase skin repair rate, you may see healthier, smoother skin faster.
You can actually reverse age and environmental damage within a few months.
But to get significant results and anti-aging benefits, you need to apply your C cream or serum within a short time after it's been opened or premix the vitamin C powder in your hand with your favorite moisturizer.
Don't mix it with face oils, as the vitamin C needs a water-based moisturizer to fully dissolve.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR VITAMIN C CREAM
If you're interested in trying vitamin C for skin related issues like age spots, sagging, or fine lines.
It's worth taking the time to investigate the product fully before making a purchase and make sure:
Remember: Light and oxygen will cause it to oxidize and lose potency quickly. That means you're not getting all the benefits for skin aging.
It also helps if it's mixed with other antioxidants and vitamins, which not only benefits the skin further - but helps keep the vitamin C fresher longer.
If you're looking for the freshest topical vitamin C serum, then your best bet is to purchase it dry and mix right before using, like the one I use.
WHERE DO YOU GET FRESHEST VITAMIN C FOR SKIN CARE?
1. At this time, we only know of one supplier who offers small containers of fresh dry-packed L-ascorbic acid along with a bottle of vitamin rich hydrating serum that's 70% organic.
The benefit of this product is that it also contains niacin for anti-aging and extra skin lightening benefits.
3. You can also find L-Ascorbic powder online and try mixing that with your own creams. But, I can't give you the exact measurements because it all depends on the concentration of the vitamin powder you purchase.
If you try that, make a small batch (as it degrade quickly) and try it on a small area of your skin to ensure it won't irritate it.
Skin Irritation: Some individuals may experience skin irritation, redness, or a tingling sensation when first using vitamin C products. This is more common with higher concentrations. NOTE: Personally, I notice a warm sensation when I first started using this vitamin C powder. But, after a few weeks, that went away.
Allergic Reactions: While rare, allergic reactions to vitamin C can occur. It's advisable to perform a patch test before applying it to the entire face.
Photosensitivity: Vitamin C may increase sensitivity to sunlight. It's crucial to use a good full spectrum sunscreen when incorporating vitamin C into your skincare routine to protect the skin from UV damage. HINT: Look for sunscreens that have a PFF+++ rating.
Have you tried skin or makeup products containing
vitamin C? Which ones and what did you think? Leave a comment here and share your thoughts.
Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2018 May 29;11:253-263. doi: 10.2147/CCID.S161352. eCollection 201
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