Vitamin C is a powerhouse ingredient for skin care products. It is a potent, water-soluble antioxidant that protects your skin, making it brighter and smoother. Antioxidants are important because they allow skin to repair itself and get rid of free radicals in the skin. Free radicals are the molecules in the environment that cause damage to our skin which is a leading cause for premature signs of aging. (See blog: https://clavebodycare.com/your-environment-and-your-skin).
Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, a naturally occurring protein found in our body which is partially responsible for skin strength and elasticity. As we age our body makes less and less collagen. Using vitamin C can improves skin elasticity and slow down signs of skin aging.
What level of Vitamin C is beneficial for your skin?
Skin care manufacturers use different levels of vitamin C concentration in their products. It all depends on your type of skin. For example, if you have dry and sensitive skin, you’ll probably want to go with a lower level of concentration. The level of concentration varies from low level (5% to 10% for dry skin) to high level of concentration (20% to 25% for oily skin).
In order to get an idea regarding the concentration of ingredients, it is important to read the list of ingredients on the package. Ingredients closer to the top of the list have higher levels of concentration.
General rule of thumb: Vitamin C is least stable. It is prone to oxidation when exposed to heat or light. Although it is difficult to stop the process, you can take a few steps to delay the process. Keep products in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sun, such as cabinet or drawer. Close container tightly after use.