Age Management Ingredient of the Month- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a key ingredient to healthy cellular function. Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is used to:
- Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
- Heal wounds and form scar tissue
- Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth
Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals.
- Free radicals are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.
- The buildup of free radicals over time is largely responsible for the aging process.
- Free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis.
*sourced from nih.org
Vitamin C is crucial for reactivating Vitamin E (allowing it to work longer and stronger in the skin), is important for protecting the lipid (oil)structures of cells, preventing the oxidation of vitamin A (as we learned in last month’s post Vitamin A is part of our skin A.C.E in the hole for great skin).
It is an effective tyrosinase inhibitor (tyrosinase is the key enzyme that triggers pigmentation disorders), preventing hyperpigmentation (dark spots and areas of discoloration) by slowing down the production of melanin. Vitamin C is used in the skin, but is utilized first for other bodily functions and is not produced by the body, so it is one of the key vitamins to show deficiency. The skin gets less than 5% of what we ingest so be sure it is in your daily diet (citrus fruits, cherries, mango, pineapple, watermelon, and green leafy veggies, etc are good sources), use supplements (some recommend up to 4000mg when deficient). Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need a continuous supply of such vitamins in your diet.
Topical products for the skin are crucial for feeding the skin you are in. There are several forms of vitamin C, including L-ascorbic acid, which has the appearance of water. The forms of vitamin C that are proven most stable and effective are: ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and are found in OTC skin care. However, L-Ascorbic has received the most buzz, as it was the form first researched at Duke University by Dr. Pinnell (Colven and Pinnell, 1996)
If it is not packaged to mix fresh per use or in airless, or dark glass- it loses some of its effectiveness as it oxidizes, and turns amber, orange or in some cases brown. You must use daily and consistently to see results, but to gain full benefits of using at its most potent.
Some of my faves are:
john masters organics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Face Serum. Buy online at www.johnmaster.com, $30 msrp.
Kiehls Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate. Buy online at www.kiehls.com, $58-77 msrp.
Philosophy Turbo Boost Vit C Powder. Buy online at www.philosophy.com, $35 msrp. *MY FAVE* cause you can add to any of YOUR EXISTING CREAMS!
What are some of your favorite Vitamin C products?