Every woman who tries to keep up on the latest beauty tips and tricks knows the positive effects of vitamin C on the skin. Most women find that topical vitamin C brightens their complexion and takes off years of aging from their face. Women clearly want that type of anti-aging effect.
Without vitamin C, collagen isn’t as healthy as it could be. The skin doesn’t look as plump as it used to and fine lines can turn into deeper wrinkles.
There are two ways vitamin C gets into the skin: 1) through our diet (not that effective), and 2) topical application (very effective).
However, for topical application to work best, the vitamin C must be stable. It can’t be in a form that oxidizes or a form that is not absorbed by the skin.
Unfortunately, many forms of C are unstable and become oxidized when exposed to moisture in air. You can tell when this happens because the product turns brown. Oxidized vitamin C is not effective and provides no benefit to the skin.
The benefits of C are not limited to reversing the signs of aging. Vitamin C can also help improve problem scars and skin blemishes: it encourages healthy collagen formation after skin injury, improves hydration which helps scar healing, and also decreases inflammation and redness. It also helps lighten hyperpigmentation like dark scars or dark marks.
If you’re considering using a skin care product or scar treatment that contains vitamin C, be sure to choose one that contains a stable form of C like tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate or magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. These are two of the most stable and effective forms of vitamin C used skincare products today.
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