One of the most popular and most celebrated skincare ingredients is vitamin C. The benefits range from clearing acne to fading scars to minimizing wrinkles. But, what does vitamin C actually accomplish, and are all vitamin C-infused products created equally?
Esteemed dermatologist Julia T. Hunter spoke with Organic Authority recently regarding the growing hype around vitamin C. She says that most products containing vitamin C are not formulated in such a way as to be truly effective. That's because vitamin C oxidizes when exposed to water, resulting in an unappealing brown color and diminishing the strength and efficacy of the vital nutrient.
But, there’s good news. When vitamin C is properly formulated, preferably in powder form, it can give your skin a tremendous boost and help you get that glow.
Agent Nateur founder Jena Covello says vitamin C has a number of notable benefits when applied topically, as long as the formulation is active.
"It’s an antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals, effectively slowing down the aging process and formation of fine lines and wrinkles," says Covello. "UVA and UVB radiation from sun exposure causes degenerative effects that speeds the aging process."
Covello saysshe chose a powder form formulation instead of a serum or cream because the shelf life is longer, it won't oxidize, and because it contains more potent vitamin C benefits, "most serums or creams only contain 1-5% of Vitamin C, it won’t help the skin so much. A full bottle of our holi c powder is enough to fill 100 bottles of the typical amount of vitamin C that’s actually used in a serum."
There are a number of vitamin C-rich skin products available to help you get the glow. Give any of these a try.
From the Organic Authority Files
Agent Nateur Holi (c) $120.00
This magical powder can be mixed with your moisturizer, SPF or serum to calm irritated or inflamed skin, target acne breakouts and nourish. This product is safe and soothing for those struggling with Rosacea, hyperpigmentation and other tricky skin ailments.
True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster $90.00
This booster in powder form packs maximum potency. For optimal results, mix with your favorite serum. Brightens, tightens, and smooths. 100% Organic.
The Nue Co Topical C
This powdered Vitamin C is a supplement for your face! Dissolve 2-3 shakes of powder in your favorite face oil or moisturizer for radically improved skin brightness. Vegan-friendly, 100% Organic, GMO-free, no fillers.
The other alternative, if you have the time and the patience, you can also make your own vitamin C serum.
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