Sunscreens and topical creams, such as moisturizers, are proper forms of skincare. But did you know that vitamin C plays a critical role in the health of your skin?
Vitamin C is found in many types of moisturizers and skincare products. Yet, studies have shown that as many as 15% of adults in the U.S. lack healthy amounts of this vitamin, which is most often found in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA). In high doses, LAA can be irritating. Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is less irritating for dry, sensitive skin, while ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbic glucosamine (a water-soluble derivative), tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate are other forms you might encounter.
Aside from boosting immunity, potentially reducing the risk of heart disease, and having a host of other health benefits, vitamin C is highly conducive to good skin health. The benefits it can provide include:
If you’re using a serum, applying it correctly can improve absorption into your skin. Apply it to clean skin that is slightly damp. Then, spread the serum or moisturizer with clean fingers over your skin, starting with a few drops to see how your skin reacts. If using a product for the first time, wait 15 minutes before adding more or applying a moisturizer.
You also want to maintain product quality. To do so, keep your serum away from light to prevent oxidation of LAA. Also make sure the container is airtight and stored where it’s cool, because high temperatures can cause vitamin C to degrade. To ensure better absorption, look for low-pH products, with a pH of about 3.5.
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