Vitamin C is a Major Player in Anti-Ageing Skincare.
Vitamin C is one of the many super vitamins with powerful antioxidant and age-defying effects. It is an important Vitamin to be taken internally and also to apply the most stable/non-irritating form of Vitamin C topically to our skin.
The best known form of Vitamin C is “L-ascorbic acid”, this is the most widely used in vitamins and skincare products, however it is water soluble and cannot penetrate the surface of the skin, it is also rather acidic and can be irritating to some skins.
Vitamin C is critical in every aspect of a youthful, healthy skin – remember that we cannot make Vitamin C in our bodies, it has to come from food or supplements. The average pool of Vitamin C is around 1500mg and the average person must have a continuous intake of Vitamin C in order to maintain bodily functions. Our skin is especially vulnerable to Vitamin C deficiency, as it is pulled out of the skin to maintain other bodily functions. Stress can cause even greater amounts of Vitamin C to be depleted from the skin.
Scurvy – the Sailors Disease
Scurvy is one of the conditions of severe Vitamin C deficiency and was most common in sailors at sea without any fresh fruit or vegetables for many months. One of the first signs was slack, loose skin, as we know Vitamin C is vital for Collagen production and maintenence and a lack of Vitamin C causes it to degrade – hence the slack skin, a persons gums would also bleed. This is extreme and hopefully no-one is suffering from scurvy anymore!, but you would be surprised how many people are lacking enough Vitamin C. Since Vitamin C in our foods is affected by climate, soil conditions, cooking, storage time etc, you may not be getting as much as you’d thought! hence the wisdom of taking a daily supplement of around 500 – 1000mg. If you find that regular Vitamin C Supplements can irritate your stomach, look out for C-esta supplements, it is gentle on the stomach and easier to absorb by your body, it can be more expensive though.
The Different Forms of Topical Vitamin C
- L-ascorbic Acid
- Ascorbic Acid
- Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-ESTER)
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
- Calcium Ascorbate
It has been proven that the most effective form of topical Vitamin C is C-Ester, as it is the most stable and easily absorbed by the skin. Vitamin C-Ester is formed by adding a fatty acid from Palm Oil to L-ascorbic Acid – the resulting chemical bond creates a fat soluble compound containing Vitamin C. Compared to Ascorbic Acid it is 30x stronger at a quarter of the dose. Vitamin C-Ester can protect the skin against Free Radical damage, reduce fine lines, stimulate Collagen production, reduce pigmentation, and give a visible improvement in the skin tone and texture.
Jan Marini Skin Research has the brilliant C-ESTA Line, which incorporates C-ESTER technology alongside DMAE (Jan’s DAE Complex), for tighter, smoother skin and the prevention of future skin damage.
I definitely recommend Vitamin C for inside and outside skin rejuvenation and health benefits, it truly is a superstar ingredient! It may not be the only ingredient to consider but it should be a strong consideration in an anti-ageing skincare regime.