Five Reasons Why Your Skin Needs Vitamin C | Ecuacan Skincare
Have you had your vitamin C today?
Vitamin C is better known as L-asboric acid, ascorbic acid, or L-ascorbate acid which is a water soluble. As humans, we are unable to to produce vitamin C ourselves, so it is fundamental to include Vitamin C in your daily regimen. We need vitamin C for growth, development, repair of all body tissues. There are so many different ways to have your daily intake of vitamin C. You can eat vegetables high in vitamin C like broccoli or brussel sprouts or fruits like oranges, strawberries and papayas that naturally have occurring vitamin C. You can take a daily supplement (here is my favorite), but beauties it also can be found in many skincare products and it can truly change your skin.
Here are five reasons why your skin needs vitamin C:
Brightens Dark Spots
Hyperpigmentation is one of the common skin problems we Latinas face in general. Vitamin C helps lighten those spots. It also prevents melanin production to create a more even skin tone and brightness.
Helps Protect the Skin Against Sun Damage
Vitamin C gives a little added sun protection by thickening the dermis layer of the skin to give a helping hand against damaging UV rays and sun exposure.
Ok my beauties, due note that having vitamin C in your skincare moisturizers, facial oils or serums is not a replacement for sunscreen. You still need to use SPF protection for the top layer of the skin. Please wear sunscreen daily to help with those sun spots a combination of vitamin C and sunscreen are powerful together.
Boosts Collagen Production
Vitamin C increases your skin's collagen production to give you firmer, more plump skin. Additionally, it also helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. We start to lose collagen on our pretty little faces as we age and also with over exposing ourselves to the sun.
Fights Signs of Aging
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help fight free radicals and damage caused by many other environmental factors like UV radiation and pollution. As we age, these free radicals attack our healthy cells causing us to start aging. Therefore, we need vitamin C to fight against these nasty free radicals. The result is healthier younger-looking skin!
I don’t know about you, but I have had my fair share of sun exposure. Yes, I am the girl at 13 years old putting baby oil or Crisco oil to get that golden tan. Nasty! Let’s just say I stopped doing that a LONG time ago. Vitamin C helps to repair damage from sun exposure and collagen loss by encouraging healthy cell turnover and regeneration.
Now that you know the importance of having Vitamin C, here are the non-toxic different forms of Vitamin C to look for in your skincare products. The ingredients below are all rated as a ONE on the EWG Skindeep database. PLEASE read those labels, beauties!
- L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA) - This is vitamin C in its most potent form and has the most research backing it to show effectiveness. The problem with this one, it’s less stable than other forms below and can cause skin irritations in high doses.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate - This water-soluble derivative of vitamin C is more stable (meaning it won’t weaken as quickly as other forms). It also causes less skin irritation.
- Ascorbyl Palmitate- This is a more stable form of vitamin C and is commonly used in oil-based skincare formulas. While it’s not as potent as other forms, it’s still fighting those free radicals.
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate - A stable, water-soluble derivative, this form of vitamin C is gentle on skin and converts to ascorbic acid after it’s absorbed.
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate-This is most recent member of the vitamin C family. It’s more stable than the others, and its fat-soluble component makes it easier to penetrate into deep layers of skin. EWG rates this one as 1. This is my favorite and the one used in the Luminosity Facial Oil because it works for all skin types and does not cause skin irritations.
Super important! When using a high potent antioxidant like vitamin C it is actually a vulnerable ingredient. To get the best possible results and all the benefits vitamin C has to offer your skin please only buy products that use vitamin C stored in dark glass, opaque or air-restrictive jars and/or bottles to keep it stable and protect it from light exposure otherwise it will become oxidized.
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With love and grace,