As an active ingredient in cosmetics, vitamin C is extremely important in anti-aging and skin tone balancing processes. It is suitable for young, combination, oily and mature skin as well as dry, dehydrated skin. Being a strong antioxidant, vitamin C protects the skin from the harmful effects of the external environment.
Effect of vitamin C on the skin
In cosmetics, vitamin C has the following functions:
- antioxidant- fights free radicals preventing premature aging of the skin,
- strengthens blood vessels - participates in the synthesis of collagen, increases the elasticity of blood vessels, accelerates wound healing, ideally suited for vascular and sensitive skin
- anti-aging - reduces the activity of enzymes - collagenase, elastase, hyaluronidase which contribute to the breakdown of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid
- brightens hyperpigmentation - inhibits the synthesis of melanin in melanocytes,
- anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
Forms of vitamin C in cosmetics
L-ascorbic acid - INCI: Ascorbic Acid.
The acid is highly unstable under the influence of external factors. It acts very quickly, giving the skin a brightening effect immediately after application. Due to its rapid disintegration, it acts in the epidermis.
Ascorbyl Glucoside -INCI: Ascorbyl Glucoside.
It is made from vitamin C and natural starch. When applied to the skin, it works in the deeper layers of the skin as well as in the dermis. It inhibits melanin production, reduces pigmentation and rebuilds collagen.
Ascorbyl Palmitate- INCI: Ascorbyl Palmitate.
Despite its high stability, it has little biological activity - in the skin it is quickly converted to its pure form. It acts on the surface of the skin and does not stimulate collagen.
Ascorbyl sodium phosphate INCI: Sodium ascorbyl phospate (SAP), Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate INCI: Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)
This form of vitamin C has similar effects. They act only in the epidermis.
SAP additionally has strong antibacterial and anti-acne properties. MAP, on the other hand, has a brightening and levelling effect on the skin.
Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate INCI: Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.
This is the most effective form of vitamin C, used in cosmetics. It occurs in the form of oil so it shows high affinity to the lipid layer of the skin. It is valued for its effective reduction of skin discoloration. It protects the skin against aging processes.
How to use cosmetics with vitamin C?
It is important to take vitamin C supplements as our body is not able to synthesise it on its own. We need to provide it in food, supplements and appropriately selected cosmetics.
Creams containing vitamin C can be used all year round. Products with a low concentration can be used both for day and night. If we are dealing with serums or creams with a higher percentage of the component, they should be used at night.
When using a vitamin C treatment, do not forget to apply sunscreen.
Cosmetics containing vitamin C should be in the packaging not permeable to sunlight, because some of its forms can be sensitive to light
The C-flush line are cosmetics that have vitamin C in their composition. They are aimed at antioxidant, anti-wrinkle and skin tone balancing effects.The home care products contain ascorbyl glucoside and the C-flush radiance treatment uses the properties of the powder form of ascorbic acid.
The home care products contain ascorbyl glucoside and the C-flush radiance treatment uses the properties of the powder form of ascorbic acid.
C-flush cream RICH - a nourishing anti-wrinkle cream. Absorbs quickly and leaves a pleasant, non-greasy finish
C-flush serum - contains 15% active ingredients: 6% vitamin C (in the form of ascorbyl glucoside), arginine, xylitol, lycopene, Sacha Inchi oil, glycerine and jojoba oil.
Cosmetic treatment - C-flush radiance is a cocktail illuminating treatment using sonophoresis.