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Vitamin C in Skincare

Vitamin C in Skincare

I am always looking for the best combination of ingredients rather than a particular range to improve a client’s skin condition or concerns. 

Clients often present with one or more of these issues:

  • Uneven pigmentation, often through UV damage
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Capillary damage
  • Lines and wrinkles due to collagen and elastin reduction

One of the vitamins that I regularly look for to repair, protect and correct these skin conditions is vitamin C. While vitamin C is important for your overall health and well-being, when ingested, very little gets to your skin. Throughout history women have found the anti-ageing benefits of vitamin C to the skin, from the Tang Dynasty in Tibet to Native Americans who centuries ago applied the sea buckthorn plant onto their face and hands.

Vitamin C is a naturally occurring antioxidant which helps the body against potential oxidising or free radicals and prevents changes associated with photo-ageing. Vitamin C can be used for the prevention and correction of hyper-pigmentation as a tyrosine inhibitor (helps to prevent over-production of the enzyme producing melanin) and is essential for collagen synthesis, helping reduce lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C helps in promoting elasticity of capillary networks, promoting vascular function and the repair process. It also enhances UV sunscreen protection.

For topical use the absorption of vitamin C is the important factor. Remember, not all forms of vitamin C are equal or of the same quality. Proven, stable and effective forms of vitamin C for skincare products include:

  • L-Ascorbic which is a natural water soluble form of vitamin C, working to repair the processes inside the cell membrane. Research indicates an increase in collagen production and skin lightening when formulations contain no less than 5% ascorbic acid
  • Ascorbic Palmitate is an oil soluble vitamin C ester and is a lipophilic free radical scavenger; it is often used for its antioxidant properties. Ascorbic Palmitate is gentle, non-irritating and is more preventative than corrective.
  • Magnesium Ascorbic Phosphate (MAP) is the most stable and often preferred ascorbic ester. It is easily absorbed into the skin slowly so has less irritation with hydrating effects on the skin as well as being a free radical scavenger that is photo-protective and increases collagen production.

If you would like to know more about what is best for you to have healthy skin, please feel free to call.

Sue Dewes

Tranquillo Beauty Clinic