Last week, I asked a few people on Instagram about what I should write about on the blog? Natural skin care recipes or an ingredient spotlight or something regarding beauty trends such as vitamin C?
As you may know, vitamin C is a popular skincare ingredient and is used extensively in skincare products and treatments, as it offers a full range of benefits.
It is often touted as the "all-rounder" when it comes to skin care. I have come up with multiple natural skincare products where vitamin C is one of the vital ingredients in the formula.
Benefits of Vitamin C!
Vitamin C has been gaining recognition in the skincare world over the last few years. It is known to promote the production of a protein called collagen in the skin.
Vitamin C works effectively against wrinkles and slows down aging because collagen makes the skin more elastic and firmer and reduces fine lines. Maybe that's why people are talking about vitamin C everywhere.
In general, vitamin C is a popular way to neutralize common elements that harm the skin, such as free radicals. The good news is that vitamin C can be used as an active DIY ingredient in skincare formulation.
Before including this ingredient in our beauty routines, it is best to understand the different forms of vitamin C available and why and how to use it for specific skin problems!
As you all know, we get the vitamin C in our diet from fruits. I've seen many DIYers use those fruits as a substitute for vitamin C in their serum. But frankly, from a potency point of view, I strongly suggest buying Camu Camu powder or vitamin C powders here!
So first, let's find out about the different forms of vitamin C and their best uses:
L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA):
Many cosmetics companies include L-Ascorbic Acid powder in their skincare formulation. This type of vitamin C is the most potent form. Research shows that this kind of vitamin C is often the most active ingredient in the formula.
Still, the drawback of this ingredient is that it is less stable than any other type of vitamin C powder. Best for providing potency and for normal skin!
This type of vitamin C powder is a water-soluble ingredient. More research is required to determine its effectiveness, especially in beauty formulations!
Best for reducing hyper pigmentation.
If you are like me and would like more waterless DIY formulas, this form of vitamin C is your gem. I haven't seen this ingredient very often in beauty products.
Still, it is more stable than other types of Vitamin C. It is fat-soluble. Hence, it is better to use this in an anhydrous product that can penetrate the skin!
Best for hydration and skin moisturizing
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ascorbyl Palmitate:
Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl palmitate offer numerous advantages to any beauty product. These are both stable forms of vitamin C, like tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.
It is common in balms, salves, and body butter. While it's not as potent as other forms, it fights free radical damage to repair skin and protect against signs of aging.
Best for anti-pollution, use in natural eco-friendly products, and as an antioxidant
How to store products that contain vitamin C
Skincare products with vitamin C require extra care in terms of storage. Always keep them from being exposed to oxidizing elements.
Also, each of these products requires a particular range of storage temperatures. As for DIY vitamin C serum, I generally make one batch every week and keep it in the refrigerator. If you make a big batch and the product starts showing discoloration, then it is time to discard it.
Here are our favorite Vitamin C products:
It is essential to keep in mind that vitamin C serums have no uniform effect on everyone's skin, as we all have unique skin types. If applying vitamin C gives you an adverse effect, it is best to stop using it.
I would love to hear about your favorite vitamin C products. Please comment and let me know if you found the above information useful.