Does the hype around Vitamin C really stack up?
- Vitamin C has been a stable of any serious skincare range for years, but what does it really do? Below are the main reasons you need to consider a Vitamin C in your skincare regime:
- It attacks the free radicals which damage ourcells – Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, meaning it hunts out free radicals or oxidising agents. Vitamin C is considered one of the strongest antioxidants available
- It protects your DNA from solar damage – Vitamin C acts as a photo-protector to our cells. If our DNA is damaged by solar radiation it means the cells don’t replicate correctly. That’s why its recommended to use Vitamin C in the morning so you are protected during the day
- It controls your pigmentation – It has been shown to reduce the production of melanin which gives our skin its colour or pigment. Too much pigment means our skin can be dark and blotchy
- It helps produce new collagen – Vitamin C is crucial to building new collagen which gives our skin plumpness and firmness
- Now it’s clear that Vitamin C is a worthy ingredient in your skincare –next let’s look at the types of Vitamin C you can choose from:
- L-Ascorbic Acid – Still a popular choice in skincare, it is the purestform of Vitamin C and is what the cell needs, however there is one big issue with L-Ascorbic and that’s the ACID bit!L-Ascorbic Acid has a low pH value (making is an acid) and when you apply it to your skin you can experience redness or itching as inflammation begins. People with sensitive skins struggle with L-Ascorbic Acid.
- THD Ascorbate – TetraHexylDecyl Ascorbate is a close cousin of L-Ascorbic Acid. Basically,its L-Ascobric with a small ‘fatty acid’ chain attached. This fatty acid makes a big difference as it makes the product pH neutral and reduces inflammation, redness or itchy –anyone can use THD Ascorbate!THD Ascorbate gives you exactly the same benefits as L-Ascorbic acid without the skin dramas.