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Vitamin C Skin Care Creams

Vitamin C is often regarded as a wrinkle fighter or an anti-aging agent. The main objective of ‘Vitamin C skin care’, in scientific terms, is to increase the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin).  The additional benefit of ‘Vitamin C skin care’ is related to its capability of countering free radicals which cause damage to the skin.Studies have proven creams with vitamin C repair damaged skin. Dr. Perricone recommends Vitamin C Ester because it is fat soluable and absorbed into the skin better. Dr. Perricone agrees the skin conditions to respond best to vitamin c topical preparations are;

  • Fine lines and wrinkles on severely sun damaged skin. 
  • Skin that is sagging because lost or damaged collagen.
  • Sun burned and sun damaged skin.
Why Vitamin C topical solutions work

It's really pretty simple, Vitamin C stimulates collagen production. Collagen strengthens fibrous tissues in the body such as skin. To read more on Vitamin C's role click here.

Problems with Vitamin C in topical solutions

Vitamin C skin care, however, faces a major challenge today. This is related to the oxidation tendency of Vitamin C skin care products. On coming in contact with any oxidizing agent like air. When the Vitamin C in the cream  gets oxidized it renders the Vitamin C skin care product useless, in fact it becomes counter-effective. The oxidized Vitamin C imparts a yellowish-brown color to the Vitamin C skin care product. This is something that you need to check before buying a Vitamin C skin care product. Even after you buy a Vitamin C skin care product, you need to store it properly and keep checking that it’s still good to us.

The manufacturers of Vitamin C skin care products have tried to deal with this oxidation problem in multiple ways and research on Vitamin C skin care products is on the top of their list. One such method of retaining effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products for a long term is to keep a high concentration (say 10%) of Vitamin C. However, this makes the Vitamin C skin care products even more expensive. The Vitamin C skin care products are already pretty inexpensive and making them even more expensive will throw the product manufacturers out of business. The other way is to use Vitamin C derivatives (like ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). These are not only more stable but also inexpensive.  Even though the derivatives based products are not as effective as the Vitamin C skin care products, their stability against oxidation is a very desirable feature that makes them very attractive.  Moreover, these are known to be less irritating too.

 Things to remember about Vitamin C topical solutions

Talking of effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products, it’s important to mention that not everyone responds to Vitamin C treatments. So it’s not a magic potion in any way, but on those it works on they say it works wonders.  If you don’t see a noticeable difference in your skin, it might be because of your skin not responding to Vitamin C treatment but this may not be the fault of the cream.

Do a test on a small area of the back of the wrist to see how your skin responds. When purchasing a cream make sure you compare the price and the amount of Vitamin C in the product. Whenever possible try samples and or trials of the creams to see if they will be worth the price.

I have personally had very good results with creams containing high amounts of Vitamin C, but some people have admitted the face creams tend to sting. Each time I've used Vitamin C based skin creams my skin has a glow to it, but again this is my personal experience not everyone responds to the creams. If you have had good results with vitamin c skin care creams please leave a comment.

Another tip in looking for the vitamin c face cream is to make sure Vitamin C, Vitamin C Ester, and sometimes listed as Ascorbic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate. You want these items listed as close to the first ingredient as possible for best results. Some  creams have vitamin c in the ingredients but there is not enough of the vitamin c in the product to make a difference, and don't judge by price I have found some low priced creams have a lot of vitamin c.

Make your own Vitamin C face treatment.

  • Purchase L-Ascorbic Acid in the form of Vitamin C. This is better than using vitamin C tablets.

  • Buy pure glycerin, you can usually find this in any CVS. It is usually located near the pharmacy in small glass 4 or 2 oz. jars. You can also substitute KY Jelly.

  • Distilled Water.
  • L-ascorbic acid form of Vitamin C.

Mix 1/4 tsp. of Vitamin C with 1 tsp. water in small bowl, glass is probably better. Add 1 tsp. of glycerin, mix together. Apply this to the face as a night time treatment rinse off the next morning. Make sure to test this first in a small patch to make sure you are not allergic to the mixture.

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