Vitamin C in skincare is not new. I recall my first experience using Prescriptives Vibrant-C Skin Brightening Moisturiser around twenty years ago. It contained iridescent and light-reflecting particles; blurring imperfections leaving the skin radiantly illuminated. And surprisingly the gentle smell of citrus was pleasant and not overpowering either. At the time this cream was innovative and a game-changer inspiring many imitators. When my models look required little to no foundation this was my first choice. Here we explore a little of how this Vitamin has become a staple in beauty; Hooray For Citrus.
Vitamin C has come a long way and is currently seen as one of the most beneficial ingredients to add into skincare. The properties have a deeper effect in the epidermis; gradually working towards producing the surface radiance of Prescriptives Vibrant-C.
Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) is also known as L-Ascorbic Acid which is an unstable ingredient. Heat; light, and air break it down easily and very quickly. Therefore packaging (airtight/opaque/dark containers) and formulation are very important.
Pure Ascorbic Acid is a powerful antioxidant. It protects the skin from irritation, inflammation, and environmental pollution improving the skin’s natural healing process. Also, it promotes collagen production which in turn diminishes fine lines. Visible signs of scarring and hyperpigmentation improve too; brightening dull-looking skin…and in fear of repeating myself see please the first paragraph.
There are more stable Ascorbic Acid derivatives such as sodium ascorbic phosphate; ascorbic palmitate; retinyl ascorbate; tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorbic phosphate which brands are cleverly mixing with other powerful ingredients like green tea; retinol; Vitamin E and/or niacinamide for an overall effective product.
No two vitamin C products are the same. But they do have one common denominator, sensitive skin types. This skin type may initially find it difficult to use vitamin C due to it having a pH below 4; which it needs to be water-soluble; which inturn aids absorption into the skin. So sensitive skin types may want to start with a low percentage and apply every other day until the skin becomes ‘happy’. My skin is a mature oily type and I felt ‘the tingle’ when I started Drunk Elephants 15% C-Firma Serum. However, as an old acned skin, I still carry a mentality of ‘ no pain no gain’ so if I don’t feel a ‘sensation’ – especially when exfoliating – I think nothing’s happening. I know I know that’s not the case, and yes I know; I should get over it.