Vitamin C is one of the darlings of the skin care industry. But, take care, not all forms of C are created equal, especially when needed to boost skin lightening, brightening and moisturizing.
Vitamin C in pill form helps the skin but helps even more when you apply it directly onto your skin.
The key qualifier that allows a Vitamin C product to work is that it needs to be Lipid Soluble (vs. Water Soluble) so it can penetrate the skin to do its work.
Here are some of the many tasks this hard working vitamin helps with:
- ridding skin of free radicals
- stimulating collagen which means it helps reduces wrinkles
- reducing skin discolorations
- strengthening the skin’s barrier
- reducing inflammation
- It also helps the skin withstand UV exposure whether sunscreen is being used or not.
Wow! Those are some fantastic qualities!
Look for these forms of C which really work:
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is considered a stable and effective antioxidant form of vitamin C for skin which is known to increase skin’s hydration levels and improve its elasticity.
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, another very stable form of C, is gentle and non-irritating and is lipid soluble, like the human skin, which allows it to penetrate the skin really well.
- Lemon (and other citrus fruits) have bioflavonoids which are very potent nutrients also known as vitamin P. They include diosmetin, diosmin, hesperidin, naringin, narirutin, neohesperidin, nobiletin, quercetin, rutin and the flavone tangeritin which are essential for the proper absorption of Vitamin C, and studies show that they enhance and prolong the action of vitamin C. They help with healthy circulation, boosting collagen and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Disclaimer!!! We know that was a whole lot of technical information but we figure some of you out there are interested in these things!
- Lemon essential oil is a natural anti-bacterial and cleanser with exfoliating and conditioning properties.