If you’ve opened a fashion magazine or read a beauty blog recently, you’ve more than likely heard about the “miracle” skincare effects of vitamin C. From fine lines and rough texture, to dark spots, acne scars, and general dullness, nearly any complexion woe can be alleviated by the ingredient. Here at Cosmedica Skincare, we’re MAJOR fans of the stuff (from our cleanser, to our toner, to our nutrient-rich Super Serum, GIVE US ALL THE VITAMIN C!), and naturally, we wanted to share our love with you!
What’s so special about Vitamin C?
First and foremost, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, helping to combat the effects of free radicals within the body. Excuse us for getting a little science-y, but to be specific, free radicals are unstable atoms that bounce around the body, wreaking havoc on our cells. They are formed when oxygen molecules within the body undergo oxidative stress, (often the result of exposure to sun and air pollutants) causing the molecules to split into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Vitamin C works to fight free radicals by neutralizing the negative charge of these electrons. Just as a diet rich in antioxidants can help combat illness and disease caused by free radicals, a topical antioxidant, (like our Vitamin C Super Serum), helps protect the skin from environmental aggressors. And while vitamin C doesn’t necessarily have the same shielding power as an SPF, it CAN minimize the cellular damage you can’t see, resulting in fewer triggers for inflammation and lessening the effects of acne, rosacea, and other skin ailments.
Vitamin C is also integral in the body’s production of collagen. Collagen, (for those of you that AREN’T studying the biology of skincare on the regular), is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is found in muscles, bones, tendons, and (of course!) our skin. It is very literally the substance that holds the body together --providing it with strength and structure. Vitamin C works to help stabilize and form collagen molecules, resulting in a firmer “structure” for the skin, and thus, making it one of the most reliable and effective anti-aging ingredients on the market.
But this SUPER ingredient doesn’t stop there. Vitamin C is also an amazing skin-brightening agent, containing a property that interferes with the skin’s melanin production. Melanin is a pigment in the body that gives hair and skin their color, but, when overproduced, can also cause discolorations like brown spots and hyperpigmentation. With continual use, topical vitamin C can not only diminish current brown spots, but also help prevent them from forming in the first place. And because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C helps to stimulate cellular turnover, aiding in the skin’s natural regeneration process and effectively kicking rough texture, acne scars, and general dullness to the curb.
What Makes our Vitamin C Super Serum extra special?
Cosmedica Skincare’s Vitamin C Super Serum has 4 main active ingredients: Orange Extract, Aloe Juice, Lemon Extract, Grapefruit Peel Oil
The first three ingredients are all variations of pure vitamin C, which has been scientifically proven to be the most potent agent in penetrating the skin barrier. When combined with other antioxidants, such as aloe juice and vitamin E (both of which are part of our Vitamin C Super Serum formula) the efficacy against free radical damage is effectively kicked into high gear. Our Vitamin C Super Serum formula is also infused with Hylasyn, which is our proprietary formula of low and medium molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid. We specially formulated Hylasyn to help the skin retain moisture; resulting in a plumping effect that drastically diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.
You may have also noticed that our Vitamin C Super Serum bottle is a dark amber color-- and while we love the look, that’s not a stylistic choice. When exposed to light or air, vitamin C begins to break down. The smaller size and dark glass of our Vitamin C Super Serum bottles helps the formula maintain its stability, which means a longer lasting, more effective product.
So take it from us, in this instance you CAN believe the hype. Vitamin C is everything it claims to be (and then some!?). If you’re struggling with any of the most common complexion issues, it could truly be the “magic” elixir you’re looking for. Add it to your skincare routine here.