🌿 As a Skin Therapist and Medical Spa Specialist, I often get asked what the best skin care products are. In Part 2 of my “Skin Care Necessities For All” Series, learn more about one of my favourite antioxidants I recommend to my clients…
🍊 Vitamin C - Vitamin C is likely the closest you’ll get to a superhero skin care ingredient. It’s safe for all skin types (fair to dark) and most skin conditions. Vitamin C comes in a variety of formulations so it’s important to know the main ones to ensure you’re using the right kind for your skin type and not wasting your money.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ L-Ascorbic Acid - The most effective and pure form of Vitamin C is L-Ascorbic Acid. While LAA is the most effective, it’s also the most unstable when used in a formulation because it oxidizes quickly when combined with water, heat and air. If you see LAA in a formulation with water, stay away! Once a Vitamin C serum or cream oxidizes, it becomes ineffective and can actually do harm to your skin by speeding up aging - yikes! L-Ascorbic Acid can sting or tingle for someone who is new to using Vitamin C, more so than the other forms; for that reason, it’s usually best to start with a lower % or for people with sensitive skin to choose a different compound. Something I love about PCA Skin’s C&E Advanced Serum is that it not only has zero water but the C and the E molecules do some fancy chemistry stuff and lend each other an electron to avoid oxidation, making it a very stable formula with maximum potency. It also employs the OmniSome technology and helps to get the ingredients to the lower layers of your skin, where they belong, and decreases any potential stinging or irritation.
⭐️ Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate - MAP is a water-soluble form of Vitamin C, meaning it is stable in a water based serum or cream. MAP may be a good choice for those who have sensitive skin or very oily, acneic skin. Compared to LAA, it is moderately effective and has been shown to offer more skin brightening benefits than other forms of Vitamin C. It’s also very mild on the skin and is unlikely to cause any stinging or irritation for sensitive persons.
⭐️⭐️ Ascorbyl Glucoside - Another form of Vitamin C that is stable in water and offers a similar potency to pure LAA (LAA is still the best!). Ascorbyl Glucoside is considered to be better than MAP because of its high potency and low irritation but it costs more to manufacture which trickles down to the consumer.
🍋 Whichever Vitamin C you decide on, it’s recommended to use it in the morning under your sunscreen. Vitamin C offers environmental protection through its antioxidant properties and shields your skin from damaging free radicals that speed up aging. Vitamin C also brightens the skin and suppresses melanin production, meaning it not only helps to get rid of pigmentation but it stops your body from creating more pigmentation with prolonged use. During a recent PCA Skin training seminar, the trainer had mentioned that her front desk employee who was covered in freckles had used the C&E on her hands for 1 month and after, her freckles were gone! When used in a cosmeceutical product, Vitamin C can do amazing things for your skin!
🍊 Vitamin C also plays an integral role in collagen synthesis, which is why it is used so frequently with microneedling (collagen induction therapy). Vitamin C has also shown huge benefits for those suffering from acne! It helps with active breakouts and reducing any post-acne redness and scarring. It’s hard to think of a benefit that Vitamin C doesn’t deliver! It really is a “must”! PCA Skin offers a large selection of Vitamin C serums, so if you’re in the market for an effective Vitamin C, send me a message and I would be more than happy to assist you in finding the most suitable one.
Series 3 coming soon ...