Author: doctor Joyce Park
Recently vitamin C has become a buzzword on labels and in advertising of means for skin care. It was touted as a super ingredient that helps the skin to turn the clock back. But what really is this ingredient and how well it works?
Antioxidant power of the serum with vitamin C
Vitamin C comes in various active forms. The most widely studied and commonly used is L-ascorbic acid. She works as a mega antioxidant, clearing the skin of harmful products. Let’s see what that means. Various environmental stressors, such as pollution, Smoking and sunlight exposure, could lead to the development in the skin reactive oxidative components. They can be considered as the toxins that can cause damage to proteins and membranes in the skin, causing leakage of collagen. This process, in turn, affects the skin in the form of wrinkles, age spots, redness, deterioration in the quality and texture of the skin. Vitamin C fights these harmful effects, and the daily use of the serum with vitamin C helps to prevent these changes in your skin. Studies have shown that people that use ascorbic acid, significantly fewer wrinkles compared to those who doesn’t use it! (Keep in mind that this study was performed using freshly prepared products with vitamin C, which differs from that bottle of vitamin C, which is on your shelf for months. More on this below!)
Additional benefits serum with vitamin C
In addition to its antioxidant properties, vitamin C also helps to protect and heal the skin, working on a variety of other areas. It plays an important role in the production of collagen – a key process that slows with age. Vitamin C also reduces the production of melanin (pigment), whereby the vitamin C helps to treat age spots or melasma. Together with his friend, vitamin e, vitamin C also enhances the ability to resist skin damage by ultraviolet radiation. Vitamin C also significantly improves and accelerates the wound healing process.
Choose your serum with vitamin C
Given the complex chemical composition of this ingredient, how to choose the right product? L-ascorbic acid works best at low pH, i.e., acidic level. The best concentration of vitamin C in the product, allowing to obtain the maximum benefit, is about 8% or higher, and anything above 20% is special use does not add. In fact, the high content of vitamin C can cause irritation!
How to use serum with vitamin C
The hardest part of the vitamin C in the form for topical application is the stabilization of the active ingredient. Vitamin C is very fussy about component, it tends to decompose immediately after dissolution in water. To get the most out of your product with vitamin C, I recommend to store prepared product in a cool, dark place. Opaque packaging that does not transmit light, helps to keep the molecules in a stable condition. It is undesirable to store the product in the bathroom, because it is heated every time you shower. It is also desirable to store the product in the jar, as it is all exposed to air every time you open the jar. Personally, I keep my drugs in the fridge! Of course, this means that every morning you have to do a few extra steps from the bathroom to the kitchen, but keeping my vitamin C there helps extend the shelf life of the product. As to when to apply the vitamin C should be used after cleansing and toning to face and before using moisturizer and sunscreen.
Now that I’ve given you the facts in favor of this antioxidant, I hope you make it clearer what benefits vitamin C can bring to your skin!
This article was written by Dr. Joyce Park, a senior dermatologist residing in new York and a beauty blogger at teawithMD.com. She was born in Northern California and received degrees of B. A. and MD at Stanford University. Dr. Park has experience in medical journalism, working in medical units, NBC News and ABC News. She is interested in using social media to educate the public about maintaining skin health.