Vitamin C: Sources, Myths, Benefits & Competitor Analysis
A daily dose of Vitamin C is bound to keep many viruses at bay. In skincare, this active ingredient is one of my personal favs for its ability to optimize what I refer to as the BLT for skin health: BRIGHTEN, LIGHTEN, TIGHTEN! For the foodies reading this, you can also find Vitamin C in your BLT sandwich; usually in the tomato! These are just three benefits that come from incorporating a daily dose of an active serum or concentrate rich in Vitamin C!
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In todays skincare market, the use of pure vitamin C is uncommon due to lack of stability; meaning the product once exposed to air will oxidize and turn brown, developing an unpleasant scent. As a result, manufacturers opt for choices such as esters of L-ascorbic acid and the following:
Ascorbyl Palmitate - fat soluble form of ascorbic acid
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate - hydrating and oxygen stable
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphtae - triggers collagen production and water soluble
Kakadu Plum - richest fruit in the world in terms of vitamin C concentration - so much so that it's 75% more concentrated than the orange. The kakadu plum is also anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.
When blended with age supportive ingredients such as peptides, hyaluronic acid, and plant stem cells extracts, Vitamin C is the glow-getter! SWAT beauty blends various Vitamin C ingredients with other precisely dosed actives for the optimal results.
So how can you take advantage of this amazing ingredient? Let's zone in on two important myths regarding this superstar anti-oxidant!
Vitamin C is designed to use as a short-term regime over a period of 6-8 weeks. Just like with any other skin care product, the skin adjusts and results will plateau over time. The skin needs a new regime every few months in order to maintain optimal results. Before getting started on a Vitamin C regime consider the following:
- The percentage of Vitamin C used is often sold in 15-20% doses! We are even seeing brands claim 30% in their formulas. But is a higher percentage better for your skin? Not necessarily. If the skins moisture reservoirs are not topped up prior to introducing this active ingredient, the result could lead to redness, irritation and burning. Irritation and inflammation accelerate inflamm-aging and now you have more conditions to remedy! I will go into more detail on this in the final segment of this blog. I see countless number of individuals think they are allergic to vitamin C for this reason when that is not the case. Only a physician or dermatologist can diagnose an allergy.
- It tingles my skin! Lets get this straight- its ok to tingle when you mingle with new actives! Tingling means the active ingredient is doing its job. Stinging or burning causing discomfort is what you need to avoid. If you experience burning or irritation, discontinue use.
ENDLESS BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C
- Heals wounds - which means it can benefit acne scars and other wounds
- Boosts collagen production
- Anti-oxidant which fights free radicals
- Some sources can be anti-inflammatory
- Reduces hyperpigmentation
- May reduce undereye circles
- Reduces sagging by strengthening the skins architectural network
- Protects from sun damage
- Soothes sunburns
Many "skincare experts" on social media and other platforms make claims that more expensive products are not necessarily better and that cosmeceuticals is just a marketing claim. In some cases this can be true but studying your products INCI list (ingredient list) will help you make an informed decision on what you are buying! Many of the popular products people are raving about and buying that range from $6-$15 are not only saturated with synthetic ingredients but are not formulated with any anti-aging ingredients. While some brands may be ideal for a younger, more tolerable skin type, a comparison of some of these brands contain formulas with high concentrations of Vitamin C without the addition of calming, anti-inflammatory agents or age support. When you use products that cause inflammation, not only do you accelerate the aging process but you also compromise the skins barrier and overall health.
While most manufacturers have access to the same ingredients - they do not formulate with the same quality or grade of ingredients. Food for thought!
Hope you loved this article - now go get your glow on!
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