Beauty Edu: Vitamin C in Anti-Aging and Skincare

Beauty Edu: Vitamin C in Anti-Aging and Skincare

January 6, 2020 7 By Ewald Bahringer


Ahoy matey! it is Ms. Beautyphile and
today I’m gonna talk about vitamin C in skincare because it turns out it’s a not
just for pirates it’s for us. We need it for nutrition and we need it in our
skincare I’m going to go through a little bit about what that is. Human
beings don’t make their own vitamin C we don’t produce it in our bodies we’re
actually one of the few species that don’t so we have to get vitamin C from
food. We need vitamin C because it helps us produce collagen and collagen is
necessary for the structure of our skin and when we don’t have it awful things
happen. We start to form abnormal collagen fibers and that leads to things
like weak blood vessels, skin lesions, and just very fragile skin. If you remember
back to your history class you’ve probably learned about sailors during
the Age of Exploration and how they went on these long voyages and they didn’t
have any fruits or vegetables high in vitamin C and they would develop this
disease called scurvy. I like to call it “THE SCURVES”.
One of the first symptoms of the scurves was that they would have bloody gums and
their teeth would fall out makes you wonder how they were able to find a lady
at every port with a mouth like that so a true vitamin C people. Today we’re
seeing vitamin C in skincare not because of scurvy but more because of anti-aging.
I wanted to talk about some of the key benefits of vitamin C so the first one
is that it stops free radicals so it acts as an antioxidant Free radicals are
these atoms or molecules that are missing an electron in its outer shell
and to fulfill that need for an electron it binds with lots of things some of
those things could be your cells in your skin or your DNA and that can be really
destructive and it tends to cause the body not to function properly. So as an
antioxidant what it does is it neutralizes those free radicals by
offering up electrons. It’s an electron and donor and
the one is that it increases collagen vitamin C is like a helper molecule that
helps produce more collagen and also collagen of better quality so that’s
another reason why we’re finding it in our products. The last one is that it
reduces pigmentation we know that there is this thing called melanin in our skin
that gives our skin color or pigment and sometimes our body can produce an excess
of pigmentation this is something that we also notice as we age some people
call them age spots so by using vitamin C it suppresses an enzyme called
tyrosinase it slows down melanin production leading to less brown spots
next let’s talk about how to identify it in your skincare and you’re going to
want to look for words like ascorbic ascorbate and a scorable that’s really
weird to say but that’s totally what you’re looking for we’ll help you find
it on the label. There are lots of different forms of vitamin C and this is
where today’s research comes in handy there is ascorbic acid which is the pure
form of vitamin C it is known to be the most bioavailable meaning that cells
don’t have to convert it to actually use it so it’s the purest form but it is
also the most irritating and the most unstable so it oxidizes fairly easily
one of the most common derivatives is magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and
sodium ascorbyl phosphate. Those are water soluble derivatives. They’re known to be less
irritating but also more stable and the reason stability is important is because
when you think about your cosmetic product it has to sit on this shelf for
a really long time so anything that allows these ingredients to oxidize and
break down is going to reduce its effectiveness since one of the key
challenges with vitamin C compounds is its stability cosmetic formulators have
come up with strategies to help with the issue
examples include airtight packaging, lowering the pH, encapsulating the
vitamin C, minimizing the water, and adding other antioxidants. Despite all
this work vitamin C still remains challenged but that’s a topic for an
upcoming video this is sort of like a vitamin C primer based off of some
initial data that I’ve looked at so if you have questions about vitamin C let
me hear them and I am going to do some of my own research as well because these
episodes are all about learning and learning together so I’m all ears into
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