Your mother knew what she was talking about when she told you to drink your orange juice. Vitamin C has long been regarded as one of the superstar antioxidants. As part of the diet, it helps maintain healthy tissues, a strong immune system and aids in the absorption of iron. Topical application of Vitamin C can be very beneficial to the skin in two important ways: It supports the production of collagen, the strong, fibrous protein that is the main structural component of the dermis, and helps minimize free-radical damage to the cells.
As Vitamin C is one of the most widely-used ingredients in skin care products, there is an abundance of items available, with more appearing seemingly every day. How can you be sure that the ones you choose will be effective? Vitamin C is relatively unstable and can easily be oxidized and rendered ineffective when exposed to air. Products packaged in closed containers or air-tight pumps, such as ARCONA Magic White Ice will maintain their efficacy.
Stable forms of Vitamin C, such as ascorbic acid and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate are available in many formulations. You may wish to use a serum such as Obagi Professional-C Serum 15% Strength, which offers high stability and superior penetration to all layers of the skin, or EmerginC 20 Vitamin C Serum, which at 20%, is a stronger concentration for those looking for intensive treatment. Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder is an innovative product that can be used alone or combined with any of your favorite serums or moisturizers to create your own Vitamin C formula.
Knowing what to look for in regard to packaging and stable formulations will help you find the right Vitamin C products for your regimen.