Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin which is essential for normal functioning of the body. Unlike most mammals, humans don't have the ability to make their own vitamin C. We must therefore obtain vitamin C through our diet.
Vitamin C is considered to be a potent antioxidant. It is required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body, including tissues grows and repair.
It has been shown to increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant for wrinkle reduction), reduce the appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skin’s barrier response, enhance skin’s repair process, reduce inflammation, and help skin better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not.
Vitamin C comes in many forms, with ascorbic acid being the most common. Other forms of vitamin C include magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, L-ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbyl glucosamine, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl glucoside, and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate.
- Protect skin cells and skin’s support structure from UV-related damage.
- Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin.
- Strengthen skin’s barrier response.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Promote collagen production.
- Enhance effectiveness of peels and microdermabrasion.
- Lessen hyperpigmentation (at levels of 5% or greater).
- Boost the efficacy of sunscreen actives.
- Helps to achieve whiter skin and reduce age spot.