December 16 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Naturally when you think about vitamin C, your mind goes straight to orange juice and the actual color of orange. So let' clarify some things.
Vitamin C and serums containing them are acidic, which means they slough away dead cells from the skin's surface leaving it brighter and smoother. This in turn speeds up new cell regeneration. (And we all want that!)
Regardless of what pops into your brain when you hear the term Vitamin C, in its liquid state it is a very pale-yellow color and nearly odorless at the time it is manufactured. As time goes by, exposure to heat, light and air causes oxidation. It is only after going through the oxidative process that the color changes its tint to a darker yellow then eventually orange.
When you’re picking out a vitamin C product, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first thing to know is that when present in something like a serum, it should be colorless, and it should be stored in a dark bottle and stored in a dark place.
When it’s exposed to light, or packaged in a opaque or clear bottle it becomes unstable, which you can actually see take place because the product will turn yellow. At that point, it may darken your skin rather than lightening any pigmentation issues...
So if your vitamin C product comes in a clear bottle or in a type of packaging that regularly exposes it to light (like a bottle that you have to fully open rather than an airless pump), it’s more likely to become unstable and therefore less effective.
Vitamin C and Your Skin Regimen!
Vitamin C is highly acidic and very bitter, so when applied to the skin, the skin is triggered to ‘heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the protein fibers that make skin plump and prevent sagging; elastin are also protein fibers that help skin bounce back.
One of Vitamin C’s biggest uses is for reducing scars, spots and other hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is a well-known brightening agent, as it interferes with abnormal pigmentation through tyrosinase inhibition of the melanin pigment pathway. What that equates to in layman’s terms is, it’s used topically to fade brown spots without altering normal skin pigmentation.
While ingesting Vitamin C is a great way to get your daily dose, applying Vitamin C topically through a skincare regimen allows the powerful antioxidant to perform its skin-brightening, hyperpigmentation-correcting and skin tone-evening benefits. Have you tried out Green Caviar and Champagne Essence?! It contains Vitamin C.
Some of the benefits of Vitamin C are:
- Topical Vitamin C may reverse the negative effects of UV radiation in skin
- Inhibits the production of melanin, preventing the dark spots from forming on your skin
- Mops us free radicals that trigger wrinkling and sagging
- Helps smooth and firm skin and fade any existing brown spots.
To prevent your CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF and other vitamin C topical serums from changing colors, make sure the lid is tightly closed and store it in a cool, dark place to minimize the oxidation process.
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