Let's talk about Vitamin C. We all know it's an antixoidant but why does it matter what form of Vitamin C is in your skincare?
In today's blog post, we talk about the benefits of Vitamin C and highlight one amazing form of Vitamin C that can give you brighter, radiant and younger looking skin.
What is Vitamin C and the benefits of this ingredient in my skincare?
It's a naturally occuring antioxidant that can be applied topically and is well researched to protect skin from oxidative stress.
Vitamin C can help brighten uneven skin tone, fade hyperpigmentation, improve skin texture, smooth fine lines and wrinkles by protecting skin from environmental stressors that can accelarate ageing.
Studies show that concentrations of vitamin C as low as 0.6% can have important antioxidant and anti-ageing benefits!
Why does it matter what form?
Vitamin C can come in many many forms and it is important to choose the right kind in your skincare product to ensure it is stable both in the formulation and when exposed to light and air to ensure maximum efficacy.
L- ascorbic acid is one of the most popular and purest forms of Vitamin C - it is well researched to be super effective, however it can be very irritating for sensitive skin and must be formulated well because of its super sensitivity to light and air, meaning it can oxidise and break down in efficacy.
Other forms of Vitamin C inlcude tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (THD ascorbate), ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbyl glucosamine and more.
Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate - our preferred form of Vitamin C
THD Ascorbate is a stabilised form of Vitamin C which has potentially better skin penetration. Unlike ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is lipid (fat) soluble meaning it can reach deeper into the layers of your skin.
Studies have shown tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate can penetrate not only the upper layer of the skin but also the deepest layer.. and faster. This also means that this form of Vitamin C has an advantage over L-ascorbic acid because it can reach into the dermis to help promote collagen production.
Tetrahexydecyl ascorbate is a stable, safe to use on a daily basis without irritation, and effective for all skin concerns including sensitive skin.
At Zen Botanics, we choose to use high quality Vitamin C in the form of Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. We have combined it with bakuchiol as one of the three powerhouse ingredients in our best selling Age Defy Facial Oil for maximum anti-ageing benefits to fight dullness, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation and improved appearance of skin texture.
The clinically proven benefits of THD Ascorbate Vitamin C are: