What Type Should You Use?
Vitamin C is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, known for its anti-inflammatory and collagen boosting qualities. It’s no wonder that Vitamin C is one of today’s go-to skin-perfecting ingredients.
Types of Vitamin C
There are different types of Vitamin C. However, regardless of whether it is extracted naturally from fruits and plants, or it’s a synthetic version, all types of Vitamin C basically act in the same way on the skin.
For the most part, synthetic forms of Vitamin C are used in skincare products for practical purposes. That’s because natural Vitamin C breaks down rapidly and is unstable in topical formulations, whereas synthetic versions do not oxidize or promote free-radical formation in the skin. Synthetic forms of Vitamin C are called Vitamin C Esters.
The Purest Formulation
Known as L-Ascorbic acid, this form of Vitamin C is as close to the natural extract as it gets (although it is not identical). Even so, L-Ascorbic Acid is not very stable and so not many manufacturers use it. Those that do, use a stabilized form of L-ascorbic acid and often use it in conjunction with hyaluronic acid for better absorption.
The draw-backs of products with L-Ascorbic acid are that it can irritate the skin, especially those with sensitive skin, and it should be stored in a dark place since light can break down the Vitamin C, rendering it acidic and ineffective.
The Least Irritating Formulation
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is the gentlest form of synthetic Vitamin C. It is a stable, water soluble derivative of Vitamin C that does not degrade in formulas containing water. It is also considered light-stable and oxygen-stable. When combined with a fatty acid like palm oil, it is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphase (MAP) is also one of the best collagen promoting ingredients. It is also known for its ability to brighten and plump the skin. One of the best forms of Vitamin C, MAP is not only stable and easy to formulate , it’s powerful and effective.
Best Free-Radical Fighter
Ascorbyl Palmitate, a Vitamin C Ester, is a fat-solubule form of Vitamin C. This allows it to penetrate the skin quicker and deeper making it one of the best ingredients for defending skin cells against damaging free radicals.
This form of Vitamin C is also one of the best cell protectors when combined with palm oil. This combination creates an ingredient that does not generate free-radicals so there is no inflammation. It penetrates quickly and effectively to stimulate for formation of new collagen and prevent the formation of wrinkles.
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