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Five Things You Need to Know About Vitamin C

A beginner’s guide to everyone’s favorite skin-saving, antioxidant-rich vitamin

You are undoubtedly familiar with Vitamin C and its reputation as a gold standard skincare ingredient. That’s because it boasts multiple benefits. Vitamin C, or L-Ascorbic Acid in its purist form, is also one of the most potent and plentiful antioxidants existing in our skin. Its superpower status makes it one of the best skincare treatments for improving skin tone, texture, dullness, and fine lines. But if you want to get the most out of Vitamin C in your skincare routine, here are five facts on Vitamin C and its essential role in skin health:

A radical rejuvenation.

According to friend of the brand and board-certified dermatologist and founder of Entiere Dermatology Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, understanding free radicals is the key to understanding what an antioxidant is. Free radicals are molecules that can damage different components in skin cells, such as the proteins, the outer barrier, and the matrix. In the skin, almost all skin cell types produce free radicals, which are important for maintaining healthy skin.  

There is a delicate balance between these free radicals and antioxidants that are naturally made in the skin. Once that balance is lost, we get something called "oxidative stress." Oxidative stress plays a role in aging of the skin, pigmentation, inflammatory conditions like eczema and acne, and skin cancers. Ultraviolet light (UVA & UVB), infrared radiation, and pollution are common causes of damage to the skin on the cellular and tissue levels.

Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize free radicals. Therefore, antioxidants like Vitamin C, aid in the skin's natural rejuvenation process to repair. Vitamin C is beneficial for all skin types as it is known to protect against free radicals from sun exposure and increase collagen production for skin-firming benefits. It also helps improve the skin's overall clarity as well as soften the look of hyperpigmentation.

The C Suite.

Vitamin C is a general term, but did you know there is more than one type of Vitamin C? Take Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a kind of Vitamin C that is gentle and more stable than its cohorts. It helps to neutralize free radicals, boost collagen production, and even skin tone. Another type of Vitamin C is Ascorbyl Glucoside, a water-soluble form combined with glucose. It's potent once absorbed into the skin for fantastic brightening and wrinkle-smoothing results. It also inhibits melanin production and helps treat hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tones, and age spots. Since it's gone through the process of absorption into your skin, it breaks down and converts and is less irritating than its hyper-potent origins. Ascorbyl Glucoside is also more stable and boosts all the remarkable benefits of its super C counterparts.

Less can be more.

In her experience, Dr. Levin has found that many think “the more Vitamin C, the better” – which is partially true. Since Vitamin C is available in many active forms, it's easy to think about loading up. And while it's normal and common to think that the higher the percentage, the better, studies have shown that a concentration above 20% does not increase biological significance or efficacy but may increase irritation. Dr. Levin recommends a 9-20% range for efficacy and results.

Apply yourself.

According to Dr. Levin, despite high doses of oral supplements of Vitamin C, only a small percentage of Vitamin C is biologically active and available in the skin. Therefore, the topical application of Vitamin C for its antioxidative photoprotective, anti-pigmentary, and rejuvenation benefits will help you achieve your best and brightest skin.

Attention sensitive types.

Despite the myth, Vitamin C does not cause skin sensitivity to the sun, says Dr. Levin. Vitamin C is protective against photoaging as it neutralizes free radicals from the sun, such as infrared and ultraviolet radiation. Vitamin C has extensively been studied and proven to provide photoprotective benefits. To accumulate the positive skin benefits of Vitamin C, using a daily SPF 30 or higher is a must.

Watch this space for more information on the role of Vitamin C and it’s brightening benefits when it comes to your skincare routine. And be sure to try out Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum, our latest launch that combines Retinol and Vitamin C in one supercharged serum. Your best and brightest skin awaits.

 

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