Vitamin C is often regarded as a wrinkle fighter or an anti-aging agent.
The main objective of ‘Vitamin C skin care’, in scientific terms, is to increase the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin).
The additional benefit of ‘VitaminC skin care’ is related to its capability of countering free radicals which cause damage to the skin.
How to choose Vitamin C Skin Care ?
1# Oxidised Vitamin C
Vitamin C skin care, however, faces a major challenge today. This is related to the oxidation tendency of VitaminC skin care products. On coming in contact with any oxidising agent (e.g. air), this Vitamin based skin care products, gets oxidised; thus making the VitaminC skin care product useless (in fact counter-effective).
The oxidised VitaminC imparts a yellowish-brown colour to the VitaminC skin care product.
This is something that you need to check before buying a VitaminC skin care product.
2# Vitamin C Skin Care Product Storage
Even after you buy a VitaminC skin care product, you need to store it properly and keep checking that it’s still good to use (i.e. it hasn’t attained a yellowish-brown texture).
One such method of retaining effectiveness of VitaminC skin care products for a long term is to keep a high concentration (say 10%) of Vitamin C. However, this makes the VitaminC skin care products even more expensive.
3# Vitamin C Pricing
The Vitamin C skin care products are already pretty inexpensive and making them even more expensive will throw the product manufacturers out of business. The other way is to use Vitamin C derivatives (like ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate).
These are not only more stable but also inexpensive. Even though the derivatives based products are not as effective as the VitaminC skin care products, their stability against oxidation is a very desirable feature that makes them very attractive. Moreover, these are known to be less irritating too.
4# Vitamin C and SkinCare Reaction
Talking of effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products, it’s important to mention that not everyone responds to VitaminC treatments. So it’s not a magic potion in any way.
If you don’t see a noticeable difference in your skin, it might be because of your skin not responding to VitaminC treatment (and the VitaminC skin care products might not be at fault, at all).
As more research goes on, one can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for a complete solution to the challenges faced by ‘Vitamin C skin care’ today.