We all know that vitamins are beneficial for our health, but not everyone knows that they can also affect our beauty (in a positive way, of course). Vitamin C is one of those which you’d never consider for this goal.
Crucial Vitamin C
But vitamin C is one of the best sources of anti-oxidants, and while it cannot really cure the cold, it can help the skin regenerate faster and be more elastic. It plays an important role in the synthesis of collagen, the basic element of the skin which gives it the soft, smooth look and feel.
And that’s not all! Vitamin C has also been proven good at inflammation prevention, making it an ally in the fight against sun damage. A study in Experimental Dermatology in 2003 showed that 5% of vitamin C applied directly to the skin helped repel damaging sun rays much more effectively than on its own. Also, the skin was regenerating internally at a much faster rate, which is very good.
Vitamin C in Skin Creams
But, unfortunately, you can’t just start drinking more lemon and orange juice and get a more beautiful skin. While it will definitely help your health, the organism does not deliver much vitamin C from the inside to the skin. You have to apply it on the outside, so it can be delivered under the skin via open pores. You can lend a hand on the vitamin c penetration rate, if you use a Derma Roller before applying the cream.
Thankfully, dermatologists have thought of that quite a while ago and there are a lot of products containing vitamin C as one of their main components. But not all skin care products are created equal or for the same purpose, so you’ll have to choose one that is acidic enough to let vitamin C protrude deep enough under the skin and into the outer layer of skin cells. The best choice is L-ascorbic acid, which has a low enough pH to do the trick.
An issue with vitamin C is its stability. When in contact with air, it can destabilize, oxidize and become practically useless or even harmful. One form of it that is more stable than L-ascorbic acid is magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, which is also less irritating to the skin, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin.
As vitamin C goes quite deep into the skin and near the cells, it can irritate it, especially sensitive skin. The effect should be gone after 2-3 applications, but if it persists or you doubt that vitamin C is for you, you need to talk to a dermatologist which can give you professional advice.