Most of us have heard how important vitamin C is for our overall health. What many of us might not know, however, is how nourishing vitamin C is for our skin. That’s right, the same cold-fighting, health-enhancing abilities of the vitamin C you get when eat an orange also protect, nourish, and rejuvenate the skin for a healthier, younger-looking, more vibrant complexion.
What is vitamin C?
Also known as L-ascorbic acid, vitamin C is an essential nutrient that works inside the human body in a number of ways to promote overall health. It prevents sickness, heals injuries, prevents bleeding, produces collagen, as well as a number of other functions.
Why is vitamin C helpful to my skin?
Vitamin C is particularly helpful to the skin in three ways. First, it stimulates collagen production in skin cells, leading to tighter, plumper skin with less fine lines and wrinkles. Second, vitamin C brightens the skin. It penetrates the skin’s layers to lift away discoloration and provide a more radiant, even complexion while inhibiting melanin production to prevent the formation of age-spots. Third, it protects the skin. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C removes damaging free radicals from the surface of the skin and prevents environmental damage that leads to aging.
What is ascorbyl phosphate?
Also known as sodium ascorbic phosphate, ascorbyl phosphate is a fancy, chemical name for stable vitamin C. Regular vitamin C is very unstable, making it impractical to use in skin care products due to the fact that it rots on the shelf. Ascorbyl phosphate is a stabilized form of vitamin C that is activated when broken down by enzymes on in the skin to release pure, nourishing vitamin C.