WHAT IS VITAMIN C?

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for your body! Listed as one of the safest and most effective medicines, it’s been preventing and treating several types of ailments for centuries. You may know it as your mother’s go-to remedy for treating the common cold, but did you know that vitamin C also helps with anxiety? They say people with higher levels of vitamin C in their blood are able to rebound from stressful situations faster than those with lower levels. So when your face feels dry or inflamed, which are common symptoms of stress, give your skin some vitamin C and bounce back into the younger, brighter version of you!

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A VITAMIN C SERUM

When shopping for vitamin C serum, look for one or more of the following:
  • 10-20% Concentration of L-ascorbic Acid
  • Vitamin C Derivatives (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate)
  • Vitamin E
  • Ferulic Acid
  • Dark or Tinted Glass Bottle

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C?

If your skin’s looking a little dull and uneven, then chances are you need some more vitamin C in your life. Whether your goal is to reverse the signs of aging or to brighten your complexion, vitamin C is the active ingredient you need to add to your skin care routine. The reason why so many dermatologists recommend applying vitamin C serums is because its main function is to support the growth and repair of body tissues. As we age, we lose the ability to produce collagen and elastin, which is why vitamin C is an essential supplement for us!

WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS?

You may have heard the term “free radicals” used by dermatologists, beauty gurus, and in almost every anti-aging product ad. But what are they really?

Free radicals are unstable atoms looking to bond with other atoms in your body. Think of it as the toxic friend who steals your friends because they’re desperate for company — the one who doesn’t know how to be whole by themselves. Free radicals are that toxic friend. The reason why free radicals are unstable is because they’re missing an electron, so they scavenge the body, pillaging electrons from cells, protein, and DNA to try to make themselves whole again. This process of bonding creates oxidative stress, which takes away a cell’s ability to function properly, eventually causing it to die.

Although our bodies naturally produce free radicals, we also encounter them through pollution and the sun. Smog, dust, cigarette smoke, and UV rays are known to cause an increase in free radicals.

When free radicals bond to healthy skin cells, it breaks down your skin’s collagen and elastin levels, resulting in wrinkles and loose, saggy skin. Skin damage can also appear in the form of dark spots, uneven skin tone, dullness, and sometimes, broken blood vessels.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM FREE RADICALS

Nature has a fascinating way of balancing things out — just as there are many atoms missing electrons, there are countless compounds with extra electrons. And that’s what antioxidants are. Antioxidants donate their extra electrons to neutralize free radicals before they can do any damage. But not only do antioxidants prevent cell damage, they have the ability to reverse it because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin C is an extremely important antioxidant you need to protect your skin from free radicals. Not only does it neutralize them, but Vitamin C also reverses the damage through the creation of collagen, protein metabolism, and wound healing. It’s also said to help regenerate other antioxidants in the body, like vitamin E.

To replenish the vitamin C level in your skin, check out Cosmedica’s collection of Vitamin C products!

THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF VITAMIN C

You may have noticed that the ingredients list for our Vitamin C products don’t list the term “vitamin C.” That’s because this antioxidant goes by many names.

L-ascorbic Acid

Pure vitamin C is known as L-ascorbic acid. Topical skin care products typically carry a five to fifteen percent concentration of L-ascorbic acid. Any lower won’t be effective and any higher could cause skin irritation.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a lipid-soluble form of vitamin C, more easily accepted by your skin than L-ascorbic acid. Being fat-soluble allows the vitamin C to pass the fatty skin-barrier, into the deeper layer of your skin, which is where collagen is created.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Sodium ascorbyl phosphate converts to ascorbic acid once it comes into contact with your skin, making this compound a weaker, less intense form of L-ascorbic acid. But it’s more light-, oxygen-, and water-stable than L-ascorbic acid, making it easier to incorporate into topical skin care products.

INGREDIENTS IN COSMEDICA'S VITAMIN C SUPER SERUM

Let’s take a closer look at some of the powerful ingredients in our Vitamin C Super Serum:
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
  • Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)
  • Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract
  • Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract

DO'S AND DON'TS OF VITAMIN C SERUM

It’s hard to distinguish the facts and myths surrounding skin care ingredients. There’s the supposed danger of applying too much and the fear of using an expired product. Is there a right or wrong way to apply certain skin care products? The answer is yes. But don’t think too hard — we did the research for you on this one. Here are the essential do’s and don’ts of using vitamin C serum, so you can relax and take one step closer to happier, healthier skin!

HOW TO APPLY VITAMIN C SERUM TO YOUR SKIN

One rule of thumb for skin care is to start from “thinnest” to “thickest” (in terms of consistency). After you wash your face, apply a toner, then the serum, then your moisturizer, and lastly, your sunscreen.

When applying Cosmedica’s Vitamin C Super Serum, apply one to two drops onto your face and décolleté. Use gentle patting motions to promote absorption. It’s important not to rub the serum on your face, as rubbing can, over time, lead to loose, saggy skin. Follow up with our Vitamin C Facial Day Cream to lock in the serum.

Many dermatologists recommend applying Vitamin C serum in the morning, as it helps protect your skin from free radicals and damage from the sun. However, new studies show that UV damage still occurs in your skin, hours after you’ve left the sun. By also applying the serum at night, you’re undoing the oxidative damage and prepping your skin for the next day.

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