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Why Vitamin C is Essential for Skincare?
While most people would consider Vitamin C to be an essential element of a healthy balanced diet, it was reported to be the most searched for beauty product in 2017. At Gracieux, we love our Vitamin C skincare range, and our clients agree that our skincare products deliver noticeable results for all skin types, tones, and textures. In this post, we explore the benefits of Vitamin C in skincare and talk about the many different ways it can help you improve the look and feel of your skin.
Why is Vitamin C Good for Your Face?
There are many everyday things that can result in the aging of the skin. Pollutants in the environment and exposure to the sun are two of the most common factors that result in oxidative stress and the degradation of collagen. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen; which in turn, results in the visible signs of aging slowly making an appearance on the face.
Vitamin C is a vital component that supports the bodies production of collagen. It is also a highly potent antioxidant that supports the rejuvenation of aging or tired skin.
When taken orally, Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for our health and wellbeing. However, very little actually reaches the skin. As we age, the natural levels of Vitamins C in the skin are also known to decrease.
When you replenish Vitamin C topically on your face, this promotes the formation of collagen and helps to eliminate the impact of free radicals that can cause harm to your skin. The resulting effect is firmer, more youthful looking skin.
What Does Vitamin C Serum Do for Your Face?
There are lots of skin care ingredients that do amazing things for your skin and for your face. However, they will typically only target a specific concern at a time. With a Vitamin C Serum, you have a solution that can target almost all common concerns people face with their skin.
- Fine Lines
- Sun Damaged Skin
- Dark Circles
- Bags Under the Eyes
- Uneven Skin Tone
- Dry Skin
- Under Eye Puffiness
Sun Damage ProtectionWhile it is not possible to completely reverse all of the damage that has been caused by UV rays and hours spent soaking up the sunshine, a Vitamin C Serum can help to reverse some of the damage and in various research studies, it has been shown to also help provide you with additional protection from future UV Rays. It is not a replacement for sunscreen, but the regular use of a Vitamin C Serum can help as part of a wider UV protection regime.
Anti-Aging Skincare Properties
When you use a vitamin c serum you can stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, helping to give your skin backs its elasticity. The result of which is firmer skin that sags less, and a noticeable difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
Acne and Acne Scarring
Vitamin C also has powerful anti-inflammatory capabilities and using a Vitamin C Serum can help to sooth the redness that is often associated with acne, along with helping to clear acne as well. The texture of the skin will also be visibly improved.
Tip: For clients with Acne, it is important to remember to exfoliate prior to applying any serum as this helps to achieve the optimal penetration effects of the Vitamin C Serum.
Vitamin C Serums can also help to combat hyperpigmentation through the inhibition of an enzyme called the tyrosinase. By inhibiting this specific enzyme, it results in the prevention of the production of melanin. This can also help to lighten dark spots without impacting the color of the surrounding skin.
Should You Use a Vitamin C Serum with Any Other Products?
There are many Dermatologists that advocate the layering of skin care products, and rightly so. According to leading industry experts, it is best to start with the lowest pH and finish with the highest.
While a Vitamin C Serum will not lose its power if it gets applied in the wrong order with other skincare products; by applying from the lowest pH upwards, this helps to boost the potential absorption of the ingredients into the skin.
NOTE: The only exception to this rule is if you are using a product called Niacinamide. This is not harmful, but if you use it after applying Vitamin C skincare, it turns into Niacin which can cause a tingly sensation, and in some cases, a little short-term redness.
What is the best time to use Vitamin C Serum?
The best time to use a Vitamin C Serum is following the cleanse and toning process, but prior to using any moisturizer on the skin.
What is the best way to apply Vitamin C Serum?
Place a couple of drops onto the palm of your hand, then gently massage into face and neck with the tips of your fingers. You can apply the Vitamin C serum to your face either once or two times daily.
How to Choose the Right Vitamin C Serum?
There is a range of Vitamin C Serums, many of which will have different levels of the core ingredient, along with many other components. There is a fine line when it comes to the levels of vitamin c you should look for in a product. According to research, you should look to buy a Vitamin C Serum which contains between 15%-25% of Vitamin C.
When looking at the list of ingredients, you want to ensure that Vitamin C is top of, or near to the top of the list.
Because of the instability of Vitamin C, when it interacts with light, heat, and air, this speeds up the process and can result in the product losing its efficacy. This is why it is important to always look for a Vitamin C skin care product that is packaged in airtight bottles.
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How Vitamin C Works with Skin?
The main function of the skin is to protect us from harmful substances and work as an effective barrier, shielding our skin from other external factors. There are two levels to the skin, the outer and the inner layers.
- The Epidermal layer is regarded as highly-cellular, and its primary function is to provide an effective barrier.
- The internal dermal layer of the skin makes sure that the skin maintains its elasticity and strength and has the nutritional effectiveness to support the epidermal layer f the skin.
What Are the Different Forms of Vitamin C in Beauty Products?There are a number of different derivatives of Vitamin C that are typically found in Vitamin C skin care products. Understanding each of them is important when it comes to finding the best Vitamin C skincare products and knowing which is right for you.
With all Vitamin C beauty products, there are additional elements that are added in order to stabilize the product and give it a longer shelf-life than it would have naturally. In this section, we explain the different components of each form, along with their known benefits.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – This is a derivative of Vitamin C that is water soluble. If you have sensitive skin or skin that is prone to dryness, this is a highly stable form of Vitamin C that is known to be less irritable on the skin.
- L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA) – This is considered to be the most potent form of Vitamin C and is supported by extensive research as to its effectiveness in Vitamin C beauty products. It is less stable than some of the other forms of Vitamin C used in skincare, and when taken in very high doses, it may cause irritation to the skin.
- Ascorbic Glucosamine – This is another water-soluble form of Vitamin C that is often utilized for its skin brightening and antioxidant properties. It is typically found in products that combat hyperpigmentation.
- Ascorbyl Palmitate – This form of Vitamin C is typically found in oil-based products, and it is also highly stable. Although it is not as powerful as some of the other forms listed in this post. However, it is known to be the best form of Vitamin C for combatting damage that has been caused by free radicals and other environmental pollutants. It is also highly performant in skin repair and for combating the signs of aging.
- Tetrahexyldeyc Ascorbate – This is perhaps one of the newest additions to the family of Vitamin C skincare ingredients. Unlike some of the others in this list, it is fat soluble, which makes it far easier to penetrate the different layers of the skin.
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – This is perhaps one of the gentler forms of Vitamin C that are both stable and water- soluble. Once it gets absorbed into the skin, it is then converted into ascorbic acid. It is renowned for its skin brightening and its ability to combat damage caused by free radicals.
Because Not All Vitamin C Skincare is Created Equally!
Vegan LifeIn a world where people crave convenience and prefer the quick-and-easy choices, we are slowly losing our connection to nature.
Everything, from the foods we eat to the skincare we use, so many of the everyday items we use are made with synthetic ingredients. Why? Because natural ingredients cannot easily be mass-produced. While not all synthetic ingredients are bad for you, when you consider the daily consumption or application of specific products build up over time, it is extremely important to be mindful about what we put on and into our body’s.
Forks Over Knives is a compelling movie and book which comprehensively dives into this topic and for anyone who hasn’t yet seen or read this, it is worth checking it out.
Does eating fruit and vegetables help your body? Absolutely.
Does eating fruit and vegetables help your skin? Absolutely.
Food can be the safest form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. –
Your skin reveals so much about your health. In almost all cases, we can tell when people aren’t feeling well by the way they look; dark circles under the eyes, dull looking skin or when a person’s face appears to be sunken in. There are two ways we can choose to take care of our skin. Firstly, is through the food and drink that we consume, and secondly, through the products we apply to our skin. Vegan skin care products are natural, they are free from harmful substances, and often enriched with natures finest ingredients and packed with skin-essential antioxidants
You can’t stop getting older, but you don’t have to get old. – George Burns
This is a quote from an comedian who lived until he was 100 years old and was pretty active until a few years before his death. There are some health-related issues that, regardless of our choices in life, we simply cannot control. However, there have been countless studies conducted that clearly demonstrate that the individual lifestyle choices we make, affect well over 50% of our health issues. In some instances, that number could be as high as 80%! So, if we consider that we control what we eat, and what we eat impacts our health, then it’s clear to see that we do have control over much of our health.
Most people will have read something about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. The most common benefits that are discussed are the potential for a decrease in the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. For those of us who are vegans, we believe there are so many other benefits to eating this way; it’s not just about the food you eat, it’s a way of life. Most of us who have gone vegan, or mostly vegan, will have already seen some positive result that we didn’t expect. If a plant-based diet is so good for the inside of our bodies, then isn’t it likely that the same will be true of our skin care?
Being vegan has become an increasingly popular trend, and it doesn’t just relate to a person’s eating habits. The positive effect on the environment, moving away from using animal products, and of course, eating foods which are kinder on the digestive system are understandably intriguing to many. The same is true for skin care. Animal ingredients are sometimes packaged with more “extra” stuff (that we don’t need) than plant-based ingredients. A good analogy of this can be found with medication. Let’s say that you have two medications, both of which resolve a headache. For the ease of explanation, we will call them A and B; Medication A has some potential side effects, like tiredness or dizziness, which B does not. So, would you take A or B?
If you have a basic philosophy of not using animal products for human consumption or advantage, and you want to stay consistent between what you eat and the type of skincare you use, then vegan skin care makes sense, and it’s a logical path to follow.
People choose to go vegan for 3 primary reasons; personal (it makes us feel and look better), ethical, and environmental. The one that probably gets the most press today is ethical. However, there are a growing number of people who are switching because of environmentally-driven reasons. There is one statistic that stands out from the rest, and it has made many people look at what they eat Vs. the impact on the environment more closely.
Using the example that we found on soyfoods.org, for one acre of land you can get 356 pounds of protein if you raise soybeans, and only 20 pounds of protein if you raise cattle. Consider this carefully, and you start to wonder how we are using our planet! The difference between soybean plant water consumption and cow water consumption is 8x greater for beef. Using animals for human consumption just isn’t efficient.
Going vegan with your diet or with your skin care does not guarantee you a healthier body or healthier skin. You can have a vegan diet, and still consume a lot of sugar which is not good for your body. Using “natural” poison ivy is not good for your skin. What does increase the odds of a healthier body and healthier skin is understanding what ingredients go in our bodies and what ingredients go on our skin. You may choose vegan skin care because you believe that a plant-based skin care product won’t have some of the side effects that an animal-based ingredient could have (personal reason). You could switch to vegan skin care because you have sensitive skin and plant-based ingredients seem to work better with your particular type of skin. You may switch to vegan in as many parts of your life as you can because you are concerned about the environment, and you want to lessen your footprint on the planet. You may also feel that using animal ingredients is something that goes against how animals should be a part of your life.
As with any lifestyle decision, it is almost always driven by personal reasons. If you’re still questioning how could animal ingredients have an impact on the environment, then consider the size of the skin care industry, which in 2018, was forecast to be a $135 billion dollar sector. If only 1% switched over to vegan or plant-based products, this could have a significant impact on the environment overall.
One of the most common problems in dermatology is inflammation of the skin. There can be a variety of reasons for this, the majority of which are caused by what we eat, what we put on our skin, and environmental factors. Acute inflammation is typically cured within 1-2 weeks without any permanent tissue destruction. However, chronic conditions can cause more serious tissue problems. In a recent publication, it was cited that in a single year, American’s spent over $2 billion treating their skin care symptoms. There is so much money spent on trying to resolve skin inflammation issues when there is a possibility that we can fix many of these issues ourselves, without any medical interventions needed.
A common treatment for skin inflammation is steroids. In certain circumstances, they can prove to be a good way to treat skin problems. The issue with using steroids is that they have a myriad of side-effects. Most of which are unwanted and unwelcome; they can interfere with hormones which affect a person’s mood, they can impact appetite, and in many cases lead to weight gain or hair loss, plus many more. The University of Oklahoma conducted studies to discover if there are more natural ways to deal with different skin inflammation issues. These studies, which were given the name “botanically-based studies,” have identified natural options that have significant anti-inflammatory attributes. Some of these options include Curcumin, Quercetin (found in apples), Resveratrol (found in wine), Epigallocatechin Gallate (found in green tea), and Bisabolol (found in Chamomile).
As so often occurs in western society, we create synthetic options for our medical problems. The National Institute of Health has recognized that for some skin problems, there may be better options in mother nature.
Always check your skin care ingredients and always do your research.
If you are interested in trying out vegan skin care products, it’s essential that you know what ingredients to look for when reviewing skin care ingredient lists. Below is a common list of animal ingredients that you will typically find in every day, non-vegan skincare products.
- Sheep and cow fat-tallow is used in moisturizers to make the moisturizer thicker.
- Animal fat-stearic acid, another ingredient that comes from animal fat, is used to keep substances that normally don’t want to stay together, like oil and water, together (emulsifier).
- Cow’s milk-lactoperoxidase is a preservative which does a good job killing bacteria.
- Bees honeycomb-beeswax-similar to the stearic acid, it is used as an emulsifier.
- Bees larvae food-royal jelly (the substance bees feed to their larvae and queen bee) - contains B vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, natural antibiotic properties, and antibacterial properties.
- Cocoon-hydrolyzed silk-acts as a skin conditioner and moisture barrier.
- Bee hives-Propolis Extract is extracted from the beehives after the bees have taken the crude resin from trees, processed it, and then stored it in their hives.
There are plenty of other options for skin care than using animal products. A lot of natural preservatives work a little differently from their synthetic cousins. Instead of killing the bacteria, they prevent them by creating an unfriendly environment.
Below are potential options for natural ingredients which perform the same function as their synthesized counterparts:
- Preservatives are essential in both skin and hair care products for stability, odor, appearance, texture, and most importantly, safety. Companies are always looking for a way to extend the shelf life of their products, and without preservatives, cosmetic products can become contaminated, leading to product spoilage and possibly irritation or infection.
- Emulsifier- Plant fats that are solid at room temperatures, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, palm oil or coconut oil, contain high amounts of stearic acid.
There aren’t any studies that we know about, yet, that compare vegan skin care products to skin care products with animal ingredients. However, there have been many studies conducted about staying away from animal products in our diet and how eating plant based can positively affect us internally. Because what we put into and onto our bodies directly impacts our skin, the benefits of a plant-based diet are therefore beneficial to both. As veganism becomes more popular, it increases the odds that studies will be done on skin care products and their non-animal ingredients.
Until that time, the choice is yours. If you believe that fruits and vegetables (plant-based ingredients) are really great for the inside of your body, then it’s a reasonable conclusion to assume that the outside of your body (your skin) would reap those same benefits.
If eating vegan is a goal for you or you are presently implementing a vegan or a plant-based diet, then using that same philosophy for your skin absolutely makes sense too.