There’s no way to make yourself immune to all the things that can cause oxidative stress—UV radiation exposure, chemical toxins, environmental pollutions, etc. That means there’s no way to completely prevent the natural or photo-aging process from affecting your skin. And that means that everyone needs Vitamin C-infused skin care to combat the free radicals that wreak havoc on your skin health and appearance. But with all the Vitamin C skin care products out there, which one is right for you?
There are thousands of Vitamin C skin care products available at every drug store. To find the right one(s)—i.e. the ones that will really deliver on the benefits they promise, you need first be clear on what “right” means.
The right Vitamin C skin care products must:
1. Deliver bioavailable Vitamin C to your skin
L-Asocorbic Acid is the purest form of Vitamin C, the form that your skin can put to work to combat free radicals without any further metabolizing. While there are many other derivatives of Vitamin C that can be used in skin care formulas, ounce per ounce, derivatives like sodium ascorbate or ascorbyl palmitate deliver less Vitamin C to your skin cells because your body must first convert them to L-Ascorbic Acid before they can effectively function as antioxidants.
2. Deliver a sufficient concentration of Vitamin C to your skin
A little Vitamin C goes a long way. Your body can only absorb so much before it just sends the rest “downstream” where it will be excreted from your body, unused. So, adding more Vitamin C to skin care formulas does not necessarily make them more effective. 20% Vitamin C concentration is about the highest amount of Vitamin C your body can absorb, but you can still see skin health benefits over time from lower concentrations.
3. Be formulated to stabilize Vitamin C until it is absorbed by your skin
Vitamin C will begin breaking down (i.e. donating electrons to neutralize free radicals) as soon as it is introduced to any reactive oxygen species (ROS), making it extremely sensitive to heat, light and air. Vitamin C skin care products must be carefully processed and formulated to suspend Vitamin C’s antioxidant activity until it reaches your skin. Vitamin C skin care products that contain other antioxidants, like Vitamin E, are more likely to successfully stabilize Vitamin C. Vitamin C products should also be stored in dark or opaque containers to protect them from light degradation. (If a product is brown, it’s no longer able to provide anti-oxidative protection.)
You may be able to find out if a Vitamin C product has some of the qualities of the right product by reading the ingredients or looking at the bottle. However, finding out how the product was formulated and processed usually takes more research. Take the time to find out more about a manufacturer’s processing methods. If the information isn’t available on their website, call them. If you can’t get answers from them, that may be a sign that their product isn’t the right Vitamin C product for you.
Once you find a line of Vitamin C skin care products that are carefully formulated, processed using only pure L-Ascorbic Acid, you still need to determine which products are right for your skin. Hale Cosmeceuticals has three Vitamin C products, each formulated to meet different skin care needs.
C-Fine Super Serum, containing 20% L-Ascorbic Acid, is designed as a daily treatment for mature skin. This high concentration formula delivers the maximum amount of Vitamin C possible to the skin to actively repair sun damage and oxidative stress. Because Vitamin C plays an active role in collagen production, over time you will notice firmer skin and diminished lines and wrinkles.
C-Fine Milk Lotion, containing 5% L-Ascorbic Acid, is designed as a daily treatment for younger skin. Because younger skin hasn’t clocked the hours of UV radiation and environmental toxin exposure as mature skin, there is repair that needs to be done. Instead, this formula delivers a sufficient dose of Vitamin C to proactively combat free radicals and prevent (or significantly slow down) the signs of photo-aging.
20% Vitamin Serum with Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E combines three powerful antioxidants to provide intensive repair and skin brightening effects. Most notable results may be experienced when used as a daily treatment by those with mature skin marked with age spots or other hyperpigmentation issues. However, this product is an excellent post-peel treatment for any skin age and type.
All Hale Cosmeceuticals Vitamin C products are made using cold-water processing to preserve the integrity of the L-Ascorbic Acid, and all formulas contain Vitamin C stabilizers so that the most potent type and maximum dosage of Vitamin C is delivered to your skin.