Hello skin lovers, I am back from my Budapest adventures and probably having one of the weir-dest weeks of my life, so it’s quite nice to have some normality back in my life and write a new blog for you all.
What is think orange then? Can you guess, hmm?
It’s not eating more oranges or drinking more orange juice … it’s to do with the topical application of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is in loads of products now and I’m going to explain the benefits of using Vitamin C in your daily skin care.
First of all I would like to mention I haven’t discussed anything too science based as of yet because I’m never sure wether to go a bit more scientific or leave it kinda basic, so hopefully this blog I’m gonna go slightly in the middle, but I also feel like this is a good place to start with the easing of you in to become skin experts too! Especially as skin care is less about pampering and more about science and results now.
So. Vitamin C… what does it do? Loads! it a super antioxidant with many many benefits. It’s great for people aged 20-40 with the first signs of aging, the people who are working long hours in London (or partying all night and working all day!) and need a bit or brightening or people who are looking to shift pigmentation. To be honest with you a decent Vitamin C product is for everyone, it will improve everyone’s skin and there are no skin types that can’t use Vitamin C, you just need to be more careful if your blemish prone to not get any that will have a negative effect on your break out (go for an oil free product). But why? Ok, so Vitamin C helps to even out the texture and tone of you skin. It Helps to lighten and reduce pigmentation. It helps to neutralise free radicals, fight free radical damage and prevent further damage from the environment factors. Finally, it helps with the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles due to its anti-aging properties because it stimulates your fibroblast cells, which in turn stimulate collagen and help to tighten your elastin coils. It does this because the molecule is so small it can penetrate into the skin and migrate down into the deeper layers of the skin (the dermal layer). This is where your fibroblast cells and your melanocytes sit. Your melanocytes are what cause pigmentation/tans/freckles/sun spots etc etc. Pigmentation can sit anywhere in in the skin, but the more superficial the pigmentation the easier it is to get rid off, so the fact that a stable form for vitamin C can penetrate deep enough to reach your melanocytes means it is able to help reduce deep set pigmentation. It really is a super little molecule. This super molecule can feel quite tingly/stingy when you topically apply it to your skin that is due to the activity of the molecule, so don’t be alarmed if you feel this sensation when you use your vitamin c. In fact your vitamin C SHOULD feel like this and if it doesn’t then the strength probably isn’t very high or it’s gone off.
Whilst vit C is wonderful there are a few … issues. Yes, it can be used on everyone, yes it will make your skin look radiant and bright, yes it will help reverse the signs of again, BUT it is an extremely unstable molecule, so a lot of products that claim they have vitamin C probably don’t actually have any vitamin C left in it by the time it reaches the surface of your skin. Why is this then? This is because Vitamin C is water soluble, so breaks down in water, it oxidises and It is also broken down by the sun. So here lies the problem of how do you get into into the skin if you can’t even put it in a serum or cream if it has water in it. Good skincare companies will have stable forms of vitamin C, such as a asorbic acid, or the molecule is encased in a carrier such as a khemosphere, which is oil soluble and will drag the vitamin c further into the skin whilst it reacts with the oil in your skin to then realise the vitamin C molecule deeper in the skin, or they will have developed an anhydrous serum (a serum with no water in it). They will always be packaged in the opaque containers so the sun can not affect the product.
Signs to look out for to know if your vitamin C has broken down; If your serum goes brown it has oxidised, smells a little off, doesn’t tingle, is stored in anything clear, is in a tub that allows air in. All these things means your vitamin C product has broken down or will break down very quickly. A good vitamin C is worth the £, but don’t get suckered in thinking the most expensive is necessarily the best.
You can get vitamin C in cleansers, serums, eye creams and masks. I have a vitamin c mask from Dermaquest but in all honesty by itself it doesn’t do a whole load, probably because I don’t use it hardly as much as I should, but I’d recommend getting a serum or at least a cleanser and mask not just a mask alone, or one with a higher concentrate of stable vitamin C. Eye creams are particularly good for those of you who don’t sleep a lot, and experience the tired eye look. It will help to brighten the area and give your eyes a more of an awake appearance whilst also helping to keep fine lines at bay due to the stimulation of your fibroblast cells. But please note, if you have natural pigmentation around the eye area due to hereditary reasons then you are unlikely to make a difference with vitamin C alone but it could help a little.
Keep in mind that all antioxidants, including pure vitamin C and its more stable variations, remain extremely vulnerable, and will break down very quickly when routinely exposed to air and light. That means if you want to get the best possible results from your antioxidant-enriched skincare products, then only buy ones that are packaged in opaque tubes, air-restrictive bottles, or pump containers and always store your vitamin c in the cupboard out of direct sun light so the ingredients remain stable after you start using the product! A vitamin C product in a jar isn’t a good purchase … I don’t want to mention any brand names, because I can not afford to be sued by big name brands, but if I was to say high street bands like C****c and many many other well known brands from the high street stores do not use stable forms of vitamin C please, than please take my word for it. These are very expensive products that put money into advertising and nothing into the formulation and research of products and therefore are just an expensive jar of nice smelling cream.
So there is it a few reasons why Vitamin C should be added into your daily skincare routine! It is for everyone looking to love their skin because of the number of benefits it has, and if your not currently using it it’s definitely one to add in!
As a general note: To really notice a difference in your skin you need to give your products about 2-3 skin cycles (6-12 weeks) to really see if they are having an effect. You can monitor this by taking before and after photos. You don’t go to the gym and do one sit up and get a six pack, so don’t expect dramatic changes in your skin from one application of a cream it all takes time and patients, just like all the best things in life!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the bit more scientific part of skincare today! If there’s subjects, or products, or anything anyone would like me to discuss you can contact me through my contact page on my blog or through my Instagram, I am more than happy to answer questions and help you towards your personal skin goals!
Much skin loving love
Your skin care queen
Isabelle P x