Skincare Science: The Different Types of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a much loved skincare ingredient for boosting radiance, improving acne and enhancing youthful looking skin. In fact, we've discussed the many amazing benefits of vitamin C for your complexion!
Today, we're going to delve a little deeper into the topic of vitamin C and reveal the science behind the different forms of vitamin C - in other words, you'll discover the best form of vitamin C for your skin type!
Why Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a wonder product for brightening your complexion and evening out your skin tone.
This ingredient is available in many forms, and there are many different products available on the market, including toners, serums and treatments.
The Different Forms of Vitamin C
One of the main forms of vitamin C is ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and ascorbic acid in particular, is highly effective when formulated with additional ingredients.
Ascorbic acid is also known as L-ascorbic acid and is efficient in promoting youthful looking skin and protecting the surface of the skin from external damage, such as the sun.
It's magic works by rejuvenating the skin by promoting collagen production.
L-ascorbic acid is mainly found in concentrations of between 5 and 15%, normally with a low PH. For extra sensitive skin types, this form of vitamin C may be too strong.
Those with oily and combination skin types will suit using L-ascorbic acid, but those with very sensitive skin and rosacea should avoid it.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Sodium ascorbyl phosphate is a stabilised form of vitamin C, making it highly popular in skincare products. This form of vitamin C is used in Live Skincare Glowing Serum as it is exceptionally effective in fighting lines and wrinkles, while being able to be stored as a skincare product.
Sodium ascorbyl phosphate limits the damage from oxidative stress (damage caused by free radicals, or uncharged molecules, which are present in specific foods, alcohol, medicines, and even oxygen).
Oxidative stress damages skin cells to cause accelerated signs of ageing. Sodium ascorbyl phosphate neutralises free radical damage to promote younger looking skin.
Additionally, this form of vitamin C impacts melanin production in the body to treat skin pigmentation.
Ascorbyl palmitate is derived from vitamin C and palm oil, meaning its much gentler to use on the skin.
This form of vitamin C can penetrate the skin to enhance collagen production, leaving your complexion looking younger and firmer.
As this form of vitamin C is oil-soluble, it penetrates the skin quickly and is ideal for very sensitive skin types.
If you're looking for an even-toned, youthful complexion, we highly recommend a vitamin C serum. Serums penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, meaning they're able to produce visible results.
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