Vitamin c is probably the most talked-about skincare ingredient, with many benefits claimed for it ranging from collagen synthesis to anti-aging. It’s the superstar among anti-aging ingredients and it is one of the most sought-after skin solutions today. But what does the research say?
What is Vitamin C
What is it? What does it do? Vitamin C is an organic acid that occurs naturally in citrus fruits. It is essential for collagen synthesis and acts as an antioxidant. Environmental toxins, pollution, and free radicals, and the sun's harmful UV rays can do major damage to our skin, and this is where antioxidants come in. They help protect your skin from the damage these can cause. They act as a cellular shield for your skin!
Vitamin C is an effective solution to many skin conditions like uneven skin tone, dull skin, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. It brightens your complexion and even diminishes the appearance of scars.
But not all forms of vitamin C are created equal. When it comes to putting on the most effective form of vitamin c in your skin, you should specifically look for a serum that contains l-ascorbic acid.
L-Ascorbic Acid is the most researched form of vitamin C. It is the form most well known. It is also the most active and most effective form of the vitamin.
Being the bioactive form of vitamin C, L-Ascorbic Acid can penetrate your skin barrier. It is also the most stable form. And when combined with vitamin E or tocopherol, these two become a powerhouse in protecting your skin as tocopherol stabilizes vitamin C. It is best then to look for a serum, which is more effective than toners or creams, that is formulated with both vitamin E and vitamin C.
As for its concentration, go for one higher than 8%, as anything below that would be compromising on effectiveness, and not more than 20% as that may irritate the skin. The sweet spot is between 10% and 20%.
Dermaesthetics' C-Lester Topical Vitamin C10 and C20 serums are the industries leading vitamin C products and recognized for it's effectiveness and results.
Our 10% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C serum brightens uneven skin tone and shields against free radical damage. Made with Hyaluronic Acid to maintain moisture levels and skin elasticity, this serum prevents future discoloration and premature aging for a radiant and clear complexion.
The C-Lester Topical Vitamin C20 Serum features a powerful combination of pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), red algae extract, aloe vera extract, alongside other botanical ingredients to defend against environmental damage caused by free radicals and pollution.
Other forms of Vitamin C
The other forms of vitamin C are: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Calcium Ascorbate, and Ascorbyl Palmitate.