My Top Five Skincare Ingredients: Vitamin C

If you’ve been following my blog then you know I continually sing the praises of Vitamin C.  Why is it so darned special? Well, to start,  it’s an actual component of the collagen synthesis process so it supports your anti-wrinkle and pro-firmness campaign.  Because of this it also helps in the wound healing process.  It calms inflammation and redness so it’s great for acne—during and after breakouts. Perhaps my favorite thing about Vitamin C is that it’s a Tyrosinase inhibitor. Tyrosinase promotes the production of melanin—sun spots and hyperpigmentation. If you inhibit Tyrosinase then you prevent the formation of Melanin and therefore prevent hyperpigmentation. It also brightens pigmented areas without lightening the other areas on your skin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which protects your skin from UV damage via free radical formation.

My favorite forms of Vitamin C are:  Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a very stable fat soluble form that penetrates the skin well, and Ascorbic Acid which is the most potent form but can be unstable.  Find an anhydrous formulation (aka water free) since Ascorbic Acid will oxidize quickly in water based products. Hail to the C!

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