When it comes to the most ideal ingredient list for delivering epic results for my skin, vitamin C happens to top my list the entire time.. It is in fact the most important antioxidant that pretty much sums up the most desired skin status.. By that I mean bright, firm and glowing skin with minimal pigmentation.. To top that, there are two very solid and scientifically proven facts that simply got me hooked to this extraordinary vitamin forever..
#1 Did you know that vitamin C and collagen work together? Without adequate amounts of vitamin C, the body can’t actually form or store collagen. This makes vitamin C a mandatory co-factor in collagen synthesis. It’s responsible for holding cells together during the creation of collagen.
#2 Did you know that by applying vitamin C serum topically followed by your chosen sunscreen you are maximizing the efficacy of both by 4 times??? By doing so, the skin receives multifaceted protection against phototoxic damage..
Vitamin C is known to be a super antioxidant.. To further understand the oxidation process and unstable vitamin C, think about If you take a bite of an apple and set it down on a table. What will happen? it will start to discolor and turn brown within 20 minutes. This happens because the air is oxidizing the apple.
Therefore, I am helping you take a step further in terms of understanding the 2 general categories of vitamin C which will act as your guide when it comes to choosing your next vitamin C serum..
1 || The Stable Form of Topical Vitamin C:
When your vitamin C bottle reads ‘stable’ vitamin C this means it doesn’t discolor and won’t break down and lose its effectiveness over time. It’s good to the last drop. The ingredients are usually the following,
# Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (also a proven skin lightener to fade brown spots and discoloration from age, sun, breakouts, and hormones)# Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate# Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate# Ascorbyl Palmitate# Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
2 || The Unstable Form of Topical Vitamin C:
This means it will turn dark yellow or golden brown over time as the air oxidizes the formula, resulting in less benefit to the skin. This unstable type, due to its acidic nature, can cause stinging when applied to the skin resulting in irritation, especially for sensitive skin types and retinol, prescription retinoid users and those who exfoliate their skin regularly. When you’re using an unstable form of vitamin C on your face, it runs the risk of oxidizing quickly on the face and may not give you all the amazing benefits as it’s starting to lose its potency.
The ingredients are usually the following,
# Ascorbic Acid# L-Ascorbic Acid
What Form Should You Always Aim For?
A stable, no-sting formula is always a better option. When used daily, your skin will look brighter, fresher, and brown discoloration from sun, hormones, aging, and blemishes will fade. The three products below are our top picks..