What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin against free radicals, fades scarring, boosts collagen production and provides that all over healthy glow. In our youth, high levels of vitamin C can be found in our dermis (top layer of skin) and epidermis (deeper layer of skin). From our mid 20s our vitamin C levels decrease in addition to external factors such as pollution and UV decreasing this further. As I live in a city, I was extra keen to include antioxidants (vitamin c) and sunscreen to my daily routine to protect my skin and prevent aging.
I have been wanting to purchase a vitamin C for ages, but with so many out there I didn’t know where to start from. Below is a quick break down to the main types you will come across. All are vitamin c derivatives apart from L-Ascorbic Acid.
- L-Ascorbic Acid – pH level 2.6, which makes this fairly acidic and can lead to skin irritations. This is known as the gold standard of vitamin c, as it is the most researched form and has proven results however, if you have sensitive skin this may cause more worse than good. It is very unstable. If this ingredient is encapsulated then this will be fine as this will ensure a slow release = less irritations.
- Ethyl Ascorbic Acid – pH 5.5 – non-irritating dry oil (approx. 80% converts to L-Ascorbic Acid). Very stable and has a longer shelf life compared to others.
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – pH 7 – non-irritating fat soluble which means it has great potential to penetrate to the dermis.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – pH 6, water soluble and non-irritating (approx. 60% of it converts to L-Ascorbic Acid)
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – pH 6, water soluble and non-irritating and can reach the epidermis.
- Ascorbyl Glucoside – ph 5 – Non irritating and coverts to L-Ascorbic Acid. It provides the least brightening effects but provides good collagen levels
For reference our skin pH is approximately 5. For me personally it was a no brainer to try a Vitamin C derivative rather than straight up L-Ascorbic Acid due to my sensitive prone skin. I opted for Ethyl Ascorbic Acid as it has a similar pH to the skin, non-irritating and stable. When I say stable, this means that it does not oxidise quickly, L-Ascorbic Acid usually has a shelf life for around 60 days which means you may waste product compared to 12 months with Ethyl Ascorbic Acid.
Facetheory – Regena C20 Vitamin C Serum
I decided to buy The Facetheory – Regena C20 Vitamin C Serum. I love how this is free from any nasty ingredients and cruelty free. This can be found with either 20% or 30% Ethyl Ascorbic Acid. I purchased the 20% as I am pretty new to Vitamin C and felt it best to start low and then build my skin tolerance up.
This comes in a tinted 30ml glass bottle to help prevent the vitamin c from oxidising, it also comes with a dropper. The texture to this serum is a lightweight dry oil. It feels like an oil whilst applying but then it does absorb in to this skin. I would say it provides a dewy finish. I have worn make up on top of this serum and experienced no piling.
How to apply
After a cleansed face, I apply about 3 drops on to my face and neck area. In the process I like to massage the product in gently. I allow the serum to absorb for about 5 minutes and then apply my moisturiser. You can apply this serum in the AM or PM. If you are using this in the PM, please use at least one hour before bed to prevent the product rubbing off on your pillow. In the AM, always remember to apply SPF. There is a slight scent to this serum which I can not put my finger on, I do not find it bad at all and it disappears within a few minutes. Please note this is fragrance free, the scent is natural occurring from Ethyl Ascorbic Acid itself.
I have been using this for 2-3 weeks now, mainly to help hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and skin texture. This has not caused any irritations or tingly sensations. So far, I have noticed my acne scarring to fade quicker than usual and my overall skin texture has improved in terms of a nice glow! In terms of hyperpigmentation, I have not yet seen improvement but I understand this may take a few more weeks – like with any skincare treatment patience is needed. Overall, I really enjoy using this product, I think those with normal to dry skin or those that like a dewy finish will enjoy this the most as I found it to be hydrating and leave a slight glow to the skin. Highly recommend this product to anyone looking for that bright radiant skin!
Where to purchase
Facetheory – Usually £18.99 but with my 20% discount code “BBHAVI” you can grab this for £15.20!! (expires 25/04)
What’s your favourite Vitamin C product?
Thank you for Reading
xx Bhavi xx
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