While vitamin C cream is fantastic for brightening the skin and for helping it defend itself against free radicals, it quickly looses its potency in readymade creams so what’s the answer? A powder!
First, lets explore why vitamin C is such an amazing product, particular for mature skin. L-ascorbic acid (the most researched formulation of vitamin C on the skin) is a powerful antioxidant so it fights the daily damage from free radicals. Those free radicals are the culprits that cause aging, brown age spots and discoloration, inflammation and all that nasty stuff. Vitamin C to the rescue!
When used properly vitamin C protects the skin from all that raging free radical damage, increases the skin’s collagen production for firmer skin, boosts your sunscreen protection and brightens the skin. It’s a powerful tool in any skin care regime and one I’ve been on the band wagon with for some time now. But… (there’s always a but isn’t there?)
Vitamin C isn’t very stable. When you put it into a cream, it degenerates when exposed to the air and to light so any cream, especially when in a jar, will loose it’s vitamin C potency within days (not to mention all the gucky bacteria from your fingers always dipping in the jar). While tubes of cream will hold potency for longer, the vitamin C compounds will still break down.
The best way to get a good dose of potent vitamin C every day is by using an L-ascorbic acid powder and adding that to your serum or your moisturizer. It may sound fiddly but it’s cheaper than buying a vit C preparation and using that underneath your moisturizer and you’re virtually guaranteed potency.
While you can buy good quality, medical grade, finely milled L-ascorbic acid from the net and reputable places, they generally come in fairly large packs so I bought the Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder instead.
It’s 99.8% ascorbic acid but also has some zinc, copper, green tea, arginine, aloe and couple of other trace products in it that are fabulous for the skin. There’s 7.1gm (0.250z) in the brown glass jar plus a measuring spoon. I like to keep my jar in its original box to help protect it from the light (remember that light and air can degrade it when activated).
It costs $47 for the jar but you literally need half a measuring spoon size at a time so the jar is likely to last a year at least at that rate and that would be using the product every day.
I used it by mixing half a measure spoonful with my serum in the palm of my hand and then patted and massaged that into my face. It’s quick and easy to do and you know you’re getting potent vitamin C every time.
It definitely helped brighten my skin and it’s toned down some of the brown age spots that sprung up over the last few years. I’m definitely seeing some improvements in skin firmness too as my collagen production stabilizes (and hopefully improves).
Would I buy it again? In a heartbeat! It’s so cost effective and I love that I have potent vitamin C application freshly made every day. It’s absolutely a HG in my skin care routine and has replaced the previous vitamin C preparations I was using before.
What’s your secret for younger looking skin? Please share your experiences in the comments below.
Smiles and hugs,