ANTI -AGING SKIN CARE
Vitamin C Skin Care – The Challenge
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.
Vitamin C skin care, however, faces a major challenge today. This is related to the oxidation tendency of Vitamin C skin care products.
On encountering any oxidizing agent (e.g., air), the Vitamin C in the Vitamin C skin care products, gets oxidized; thus, making the Vitamin C skin care product useless (in fact 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 is still good to use (i.e., it has not attained a yellowish-brown texture).
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 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 ascorbic palmitate and magnesium ascorbic 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 extremely attractive. Moreover, these are known to be less irritating too.
Talking of effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products, it is important to mention that not everyone responds to Vitamin C treatments. So, it is not a magic potion in any way. If you do not see a noticeable difference in your skin, it might be because of your skin not responding to Vitamin C treatment (and the Vitamin C skin care products might not be at fault, at all).
As more research goes on, one can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for a complete solution to the challenges faced by ‘Vitamin C skin care’ today.
Best Wishes, Coyalita
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