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Vitamin C – the smallest vitamin with a big impact

The first thing that many people associate with vitamin C is its power to boost the immune system, especially during a cold. A sufficient intake of vitamin C is indeed essential for general health and individual well-being. But it is also a valuable beauty-boosting ingredient. Not only is it one of the most important antioxidants, but it also has the ability to positively influence and “regenerate” other antioxidants. As such, vitamin C is a widely used ingredient in skin and body care as it provides optimum support for the body’s own rejuvenating and revitalising processes.

Information about vitamin C

  • INCI name (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients name): Ascorbic Acid (or in various derivatives, e.g. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate or Ascorbyl Palmitate)
  • In pure form or as a derivative
  • Uses: Creams, serums, masks, cleansing water
  • Special properties of vitamin C: Supports collagen synthesis, development of connective tissue, immune system support, aids the absorption of iron, antioxidant

Action of vitamin C on the skin

The approximate daily vitamin C requirement for adults lies between 90 and 110 milligrams. This value is very easily achieved with a healthy and balanced diet. A person only needs to consume two servings of fresh fruit or vegetables a day to meet this vitamin requirement.

The fact that it is the smallest of the vitamins also means that vitamin C is easily absorbed into the skin, where it remains highly stable. This storage within the body is what makes vitamin C so important for skin and lip care.

Vitamin C is associated with a number of positive effects on the skin, including:

  • Protection against sun damage
  • Binding of free radicals, protection against premature ageing
  • Boosts collagen production and aids firming of the skin
  • Anti-inflammatory effect, faster healing of irritated skin
  • Supports and prolongs the effectiveness of other care products

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