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
What exactly are free radicals and antioxidants?
Our bodies are exposed to a wide variety of external factors every day, including environmental pollution, UV radiation and stress, to name but three. This results in the creation of what are known as free radicals. These are potentially reactive oxygen compounds which attack the structure of the skin. Outcomes can include a pallid complexion, the loss of tone and the emergence of wrinkles.
Antioxidants are able to bind to these free radicals and thus prevent a reaction with the structures of the skin. Vitamin C not only ranks as one of the most important antioxidants, but it also has the ability to reactivate other antioxidants. An example is vitamin E, which loses its effectiveness as soon as it has bonded with a free radical. It regains its antioxidant properties thank to the influence of vitamin C.
The statements about properties, effects and effectiveness made here refer exclusively to the plant and its components/products.
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