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Ingredient of the week: L-ascorbic acid

Posted By Mariana

Ascorbic acid, also known as L-ascorbic and topical vitamin C remains one of the buzziest ingredients in skincare. This water-soluble antioxidant and one of the most common forms of the vitamin can be found in numerous skin care products. 

But keep in mind that a higher percentage of vitamin C doesnt mean that the product is better. For our skin to properly absorb and get the best of this powerful antioxidant it must have a concentration between 10 to 20%. The higher the concentration the lower is the skin absorption. The low pH of ascorbic acid will also promote skin rejuvenation decreasing the visible signs of aging and is a great antioxidant.

The effects of L-ascorbic acid can last several days. The use of products containing 10% L-ascorbic acid, results in the presence of the ingredient in the skin for 2-3 days after the day of application, increasing the level of collagen as well.

L-Ascorbic Acid products penetrate the skin tissue and are more active in collagen production. This, in turn, increases firmness in the skin. A rejuvenating vitamin ingredient that also plays a part in the reduction of photodamage caused by harmful UVB rays. Because L-Ascorbic Acid plays a major role in anti-aging treatments, skin firmness, overall repair and brightening, it also serves to rejuvenate the skin.

Although L-ascorbic its great on its own, it proves even more potent when combined with some ingredients. Ferulic acid for example fights free radicals to prevent and correct skin damage and extends the life and effectiveness of vitamin C.

Another powerful combination is vitamin C + E, together they are more effective in preventing photodamage. Both work by negating free radical damage, but each combats different types of UV damage, when using them together you are giving your skin double the antioxidant ammunition to fight free radicals and UV damage. 

While antioxidants cant take the place of preventive sunscreen, they can boost your sun protection. The combination of vitamins E, C, and sunscreen increases the effectiveness of sun protection. This makes it a powerful combo in the fight against both visible aging and skin cancer.

Looking for the best of all worlds? Combine these 3 ingredients to get triple protective powers.

Glo Skin Beauty Daily Power C+
Daily Power C+ serum dramatically transforms skin with a powerful dose of Vitamin C and peptides. Provides age-defying antioxidant support and environmental protection to help strengthen, repair and brighten skin.

VivierSkin C E Peptides
Formulated with pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid USP), Vitamin E and a unique peptide combination this patented serum helps damaged skin look and feel younger. This ultimate serum helps reduce the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles and helps reduce further signs of aging. This powerful anti-aging serum is ideal for all skin types.

Shunly B,C,E + Ferulic Treatment
Vitamin C crystals brighten skin while guarding it against free radical damage. Vitamin E provides soothing, healing, and moisturizing properties while protecting against environmentally induced oxidation in the skins outer layer while Ferulic Acid is a super antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals, prevent sun damage while enhancing Vitamins C and E action.

Alyria Intense Radiance Serum
Alyria Intense Radiance Serum is formulated with vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid, an antioxidant to help even out skin tone and promote skin clarity. This formula is available in a unique anhydrous base system allowing vitamin C to maintain its stability.

iS Clinical C Eye Serum Advance+
C Eye Advance+ contains 7.5% time-released vitamin C to brighten and revive the eye area. Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) works to renew the eyes by lightening dark under-eye circles, encouraging collagen and elastin production, reducing puffiness, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, and protecting with potent antioxidants.

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