Vitamin C is a highly effective substance that not only strengthens the body's defences and supports catabolism but also stimulate skin regeneration and counteracts premature skin aging. The antioxidant has been on trend for some time now being known to shield the skin against harmful environmental factors, scavenging free radicals and evening out the complexion. Serums, creams and face masks infused with vitamin C are all the rage in the beauty industry at the moment.
Types of Vitamin C
The most common form of vitamin C is ascorbic acid. In higher concentrations (15 - 20%), the water-soluble substance is used for de-pigmentation. Several other forms of vitamin C including retinol acetate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate or fat-soluble vitamin C esters such as ascorbyl palmate are used for cosmetic purposes.
Vitamin C Serums
Vitamin C can be incorporated into serums in its purest form. The serum should have an acidic pH level when vitamin C is added to the formula in its purest form so that the skin is better equipped to absorb the antioxidant in order to achieve the best results. Serums containing a high vitamin C content should, however, not be used on a daily basis due to its cell renewing properties. It is advised to opt for serums with a vitamin C concentration of approximately 15%. The Stabilized Vitamin C Serum by The Organic Pharmacycontains the optimum concentration of vitamin C and is one of Cosmeterie's best-selling products.
The active ingredient is also available in the form of a spray. The M2 Beauté Ultra Pure Solutions Vitamin C Facial Nano Sprayis a highly potent form of vitamin C concentrate compressed using nanotechnology to ensure that the active ingredients are able to better penetrate the layers of the skin for targeted effectiveness. The spray serum regenerates the skin cells from within, boosts their resistance and neutralises free radicals which in turn counteracts premature skin aging.
A Word of Caution
Serums with a high concentration of vitamin C should not be used on a daily basis because of their cell renewing effects may lead to skin irritation. A day cream containing a low concentration of vitamin C and is rich in moisturising actives should be used in this instance. It is essential to use a moisturiser with SPF as vitamin C causes the skin to become sensitive to light. Vitamin C should not be used in conjunction with AHA acids as these could negatively impact the absorptive power of the antioxidant.
Store your vitamin C serums in dark places away from direct sunlight and close the container securely after use.