When it comes to skincare, Vitamin C is a game-changer. We know that’s a big claim, but dermatologists can’t stop praising the wondrous effects of this essential nutrient. But here’s a news flash: Not All Topical Vitamin C Products Are Created Equal!
If you’ve been seeking a way to simplify or enhance your skincare routine, Vitamin C could be the answer. Vitamin C is a multi-tasking powerhouse that can protect, restore, and beautify the appearance of your skin. One study found that daily use of Vitamin C formulation can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
However, like with any other product, not all Vitamin C in skincare products are made equal. Various factors, including the kind and concentration of vitamin C used, the ingredient list, and the style of container used, can make or break its effectiveness — and the health of your skin.
But there is no need to worry. Here, you will get all the information about using the right Vitamin C as well as how BioSerene is harnessing the true power of Vitamin C.
What To Look For In A Vitamin C Skincare Product
Not all vitamin C products are effective or created equally. Therefore, it is essential you consider the different types and concentration of vitamin C. For example, skincare companies often use different forms of Vitamin C such as l-ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (THDA), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP), and more.
Another element to consider is the container of the skincare product based on the type of Vitamin C in your product. For example, l-ascorbic acid (the most commonly used form) is extremely sensitive to light, the sun’s rays will break it down more quickly if it is stored in translucent packaging. For this reason, you’ll notice the packaging of products containing l-ascorbic acid are either dark in color, like amber dropper bottles. Many companies may even do their best to package l-ascorbic acid products in air-tight packaging so ensure it does not come into contact with heat, light, or air.
Evidence is more important than money when it comes to vitamin C-containing skincare products. You want to see clear scientific evidence that the product is stable, meaning that when you open it and apply it to your skin, the vitamin C is still present and is also penetrating the skin’s surface.
Not All Vitamin C In Skincare Products Is Effective
Many skincare brands use l-ascorbic acid, one of the most common and cost-effective forms of vitamin C available today. However, l-ascorbic acid is not without its drawbacks. It is notoriously volatile, which means that when exposed to air and light, it degrades in a heartbeat. It is also quite strong – sometimes even too potent for the skin to handle properly. If you were to check the ingredients list on your skincare products, there is a high chance it might have l-ascorbic acid in it.
Although it’s a common form of Vitamin C, we advise our clients to avoid products containing L-ascorbic acid since they might cause redness and dehydration of the skin and they are bound to degrade quickly and lose efficacy in a short amount of time. Instead, look for products that include Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA). This form of Vitamin C has a minimal likelihood of irritating your skin.
Moreover, beauty product formulations containing vitamin C are generally only stable at pH levels below 3.5 or in the waterless formulation. However, that is not ideal for many skincare products.
How BioSerene Is Changing The Game
At BioSerene, our skincare products are a blend of advanced science-backed actives and traditional Ayurveda. After all, natural ingredients like Vitamin C cannot always work effectively without using skincare actives. In fact, skincare-active Vitamin C (such as Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) combined with Ayurvedic or holistic ingredients often deliver the best results. Please do read this informative piece on why only natural ingredients are not enough for your skincare routine.
Unlike most companies that use l-Ascorbic Acid, BioSerene uses THDA. After all, THDA is a HIGHLY STABLE, non-irritating, and fast-absorbing form of Vitamin C with many benefits.
THDA lessens and inhibits the damage caused by UVB and UVA radiation (although this does not imply that you should forego daily sun protection). In addition, it protects your skin from environmental pollutants and pollution. It contributes to the body’s defense against free radicals and serves as a protective barrier against oxidative stress. THDA protects against the most frequent causes of premature aging.
While L-ascorbic Acid has poor skin penetration, low efficacy, and acidic pH that causes skin irritation, there are many benefits of THDA, such as:
- Fast penetration of dermis and epidermis
- Increases collagen synthesis two times faster than L-Ascorbic Acid
- Improves skin tone
- Revitalizes skin texture
- Longer shelf time and prolonged effectiveness
- Non-irritating for sensitive skin
Moreover, L-Ascorbic Acid degrades after new uses when in contact with light and air, which explains why Vitamin C skincare products always turn brown or orange after just a few uses. Therefore, we use THDA since it is much more stable and the fatty acid component makes it more suitable for skin than other forms of vitamin C.
Take an example of our Amlacuja Glow Brightening Facial Oil, which has a potent glow-boosting blend of Amla, Maracuja (passionfruit), Vitamin C (THDA), Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), Moringa, Olive Squalane, Cucumber Seed, Copaiba, Grapeseed Oil, and Vitamin E.
Furthermore, adding THDA as a form of Vitamin C to skincare products allows our clients to be much more flexible in their product packaging to better match their branding style for Private Label or Contract Manufacturing options.
To learn more about how our team of pharmacy and formulation experts can help you create or improve the perfect Vitamin C skincare product, Request A Quote and you’ll receive a free consultation directly from our Production Pharmacist!
Skincare Benefits of Vitamin C: Why Your Skincare Routine Needs It?
Vitamin C has long been regarded as a must-have for skin care since it is more than a one-trick pony; it provides plenty of benefits to the skin when taken properly.
Vitamin C is a natural and powerful antioxidant that aids in the neutralization of damage caused by environmental contaminants. Additionally, it stimulates collagen formation and assists in the healing process.
However, your vitamin C levels fall rapidly as a result of aging, sun exposure, and environmental exposure, resulting in the loss of the smooth and youthful-looking skin that you were once accustomed to and loved.
As a result of all of this, vitamin C has established quite a reputation for itself in topical skincare – not just because your skin needs it but also because you naturally lose it as a result of aging.
The following are some of the most significant skincare advantages of Vitamin C.
1. Helps In Collagen Production
When it comes to the production of collagen in the body, vitamin C is vitally significant. Collagen is the primary structural component of muscles, skin, hair, and tendons, and it is responsible for our skin’s young and smooth appearance. Unfortunately, the production of collagen decreases with age, which may result in wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
Skincare products containing vitamin C have been shown to increase collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps maintain the skin supple and tight. Topical vitamin C products can help prevent premature aging of the skin, allowing the skin to seem more youthful and plump.
2. Hydrates Skin
Premature aging and itchy, scaly skin are caused by the epidermis (the top layer of skin) drying up due to a lack of moisture. Keeping your skin hydrated is essential to maintaining a youthful appearance. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to help skin retain water and prevent it from getting too greasy or dry.
Studies have shown substantial and long-lasting benefits in skin moisture, suppleness, and roughness in those who took a vitamin C supplement.
3. Helps Treat Hyperpigmentation
Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV radiation and environmental factors are the most prominent causes of hyperpigmentation, a common skin disorder that results in darker areas on the skin. Hyperpigmentation, although being innocuous, can make you seem older.
Antioxidant effects of vitamin C have been shown to be beneficial in protecting against UV damage and reducing the appearance of dark spots.
4. Reduces Redness And Evens Out Skin Tone
It has also been demonstrated that vitamin C can work as an anti-inflammatory agent due to its antioxidant properties. In other words, it relaxes your skin and helps to minimize puffiness, allowing your natural beauty to come through.
The anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C aid in the neutralization of free radicals that cause oxidative damage as well as the optimization of the immune system to reduce the occurrence of an inflammatory immune response. Its anti-inflammatory characteristics can also aid in diminishing redness, which can result in a more even complexion.