Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and powerful antioxidant. It's a water-soluble vitamin that supports growth and development and helps your body absorb iron. Because your body doesn't make or store Vit C, it's important to include it in your diet. An orange, a cup of strawberries, chopped red pepper or broccoli provides enough Vit C for the day. 75 mg/day is recommended daily for women, 120mg/day during pregnancy and 90 mg/day for men.
Applying Vitamin C topically is also beneficial in healthy aging. Since only a small percentage of the Vit C we ingest will make it to our skin, supplementing with a topical Vit C serum is important. While skin actives help to elevate your results, it's critical to address inflammation in the skin prior to incorporating any actives (Vitamin C) into your skin care routine. Sensitive, compromised, reactive skin cannot tolerate actives.
Benefits of using Vitamin C for the skin:
1. As a potent antioxidant, Vit C protects skin cells from environmental damage (UV light from the sun and computer, ozone, smoke, and pollution) and accelerated skin aging.
2. Vit C stimulates healthy collagen production and helps prevent collagen breakdown.
Collagen is responsible for maintaining a healthy youthful complexion. After the age of 20, our skin’s ability to replenish collagen decreases by 1-1.5% every year. Vit C helps protect and maintain as well as build collagen.
3. Vit C helps even out pigmentation and dark spots
Vitamin c interrupts the over-production of melanin. When we think of skin brightening and managing hyperpigmentation, we think of Vitamin C.
Types of Vitamin C
The active form is L-ascorbic acid. It is the bioavailable form of vitamin C (the form our skin is able to use).
Other forms of vitamin C must be converted to L-ascorbic acid within the skin before they can work. They can either be an ester form of vitamin C, or a different compound where other components are added to stabilize the ascorbyl group. They will have 'ascorb' in the name.
Vitamin C is known to be an unstable ingredient, and lower quality vitamin C formulas will go off quickly. All of our vitamin C serums contain Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid which help to stabilize the Vitamin C and boost antioxidant power.
Lilfox Haute C Bright Serum Concentrate contains:
Tetrahexyldecy Ascorbate the gold standard of Vitamin C. The most potent, stable, and effective deritivative of Vitamin C. The only oil-soluble form of Vitamin C making it able to pass quickly through the epidermis into the dermis where collagen is manufactured; hence making it be the most effective ingredient to boost collagen.
Results from clinical trials:
Morning Apply 2-3 pumps onto clean dry face. Wait 5 min before applying your Serum + SPF.
Evening Apply 2-3 pumps onto face. Wait 5 min before applying Dewy Bean Dream, Mist, and Cupu Cool.
Lilfox's Marshmallow Poof 15% Peptide Concentrate also contains Tetrahexyldecy Ascorbate.
Josh Rosebrook C Bright Complex contains:
- a gentle Vitamin C boosted with Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E
a powerful blend of pure L-Ascorbic with repairing Colloidal Gold and Glutathione
Eminence Citrus + Kale Serum contains:
- Stabilized Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid): a potent antioxidant that helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: also known as Vitamin C salt, this unique form of Vitamin C remains a salt until it transforms to ascorbic acid
To use: Apply 2 drops am + pm. Compress onto cleansed skin. Follow with your toner + moisturizer
Eminence Rosehip Triple C + E Serum contains:
- Rosehip Oil which is rich in Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene and essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids improve skin’s moisture, tone, texture as well as the look of pigmentation
To use: Following your toner, apply 2 drops am + pm and massage into your skin. Follow with a moisturizer.
Vitamin C can also be found in whole plant formulas and may not be labelled as a Vitamin C serum or product, but still a potent Vitamin C source. There is an added benefit of whole plant Vitamin C being accompanied by the ingredients that synergistically work naturally and perfectly in nature.
Whole plant sources of Vitamin C include Camu Camu, Rosehips, Sea Buckthorn, Kakadu Plum and Rose.
Our favourite whole plant Vitamin C formulas are:
Laurel's Antioxidant Serum
Laurel's Brighten Mask
Blissoma's Aura Phyto-brightening Serum
Eminence's Superfood Booster Powder