This week has been anti-aging skincare week on Never Say Die Beauty. And I can’t end the week without focusing on of my favorite anti-aging skincare ingredients, Vitamin C.
Why Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, and especially the ascorbic acid form of the vitamin, has so many significant anti-aging benefits when applied topically to skin:
- fading dark spots
- evening skin tone
- improving skin’s hydration
- protecting skin from pollutants in the environment
- promoting collagen production
- keeping skin looking more youthful with better elasticity, firmness and a reduction in wrinkles.
Which Vitamin C?
Vitamin C in a variety of concentrations show positive results on skin. In fact, research has shown that some products with Vitamin C in concentrations as low as 0.6% work! But higher concentrations of Vitamin C can literally work wonders. But some forms of Vitamin C, particularly ascorbic acid, are unstable at higher concentrations, particularly concentrations higher than about 25%. Other forms of Vitamin C – sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbic glucoside – seem to be more stable than pure ascorbic acid at higher concentrations. I recently tried a “mix it fresh” with every use Vitamin C serum from Cosmedica that allows you to use a super high concentration. Intriguing!
Because Vitamin C can be unstable, be sure that you buy Vitamin C skincare products that are protected by the packaging that they come in. Look for opaque or dark colored packaging. Pumps and tubes that keep air out are best. Serums, in particular, are best housed in dark or opaque bottles with pumps or droppers.
My Experiences with Vitamin C
I started using Vitamin C serums about three years ago, and they have helped me fade the cute freckles I’ve had for most of my life. With the exception of a few dark, age spots that need professional assistance, my skin is much more even than it had been.
So if you’re not using vitamin C in your anti-aging skincare routine, you should! There are lots of ways to add vitamin C to your skincare routine. Vitamin C can be used in the morning and at night. For some reason and for quite a while, I thought that Vitamin C should be used primarily at night. Uh-uh! Definitely add Vitamin C products to your morning skincare if you haven’t done so already.
There are literally zillions of Vitamin C skincare products on the market. Let me tell you about a few of my current Vitamin C skincare favorites.
Your cleanser is one of the ways that you can incorporate more Vitamin C into your routine. It’s the first step so why not take advantage of it? I always thought that cleanser rinsed everything away. Well, it washes away the stuff you don’t want, like dirt and oil, but it can leave good stuff behind.
I use Murad Essential-C Cleanser in the morning and sometimes at night too. It’s my favorite summer cleanser because it feels lightweight, smells lightly citrusy, and it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh but not stripped. This vitamin-packed cleanser removes not only dirt but also environmental impurities and pollutants. It also helps shield skin from free radical damage. 6.75 fl. oz. for $38
Murad Essential-C has a complete line of Vitamin C products.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl, Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Rice Amino Acids, Zinc Aspartate, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Propyl Gallate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77492)
I’ve used many different Vitamin C serums at a 20% concentration, and I liked just about all of them. Sometimes, Vitamin C is combined with Ferulic Acid to stabilize Vitamin C, but Ferulic Acid can have a funky smell that’s not always my favorite. But one of my most favorite serums is Ole Henriksen Truth Serum with True-C Complex (stabilized Vitamin C at 25%), collagen and sodium hyaluronate. It also contains dimethicone which helps smooth my skin. Comes in a variety of sizes. Plus it has a lovely light citrus scent. I use 1 fl.oz. for $48, but it comes in two larger sizes as well.
Ole Henriksen has the PowerBright C line that complements the Truth Serum.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Ascorbate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 6.
Anti-aging Face Cream
DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Cream is the newest addition to my Vitamin C arsenal. I loooooove the idea of including Vitamin C in every step of my skincare especially the step that I use the most of: anti-aging moisturizer.
I started out this post with a photo of citrus fruits since they are a good source of Vitamin C. But I have discovered that Kakadu plums from two remote territories in Australia have got citrus fruits beat by a long shot when it comes to Vitamin C.
On average, Kakadu plums contain 55 times the amount of C than you’d find in Florida oranges. Whoa! It also has 5 times the antioxidant value of blueberries. And in addition to Vitamin C, Kakadu plum is a great source of Vitamin E.
DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Cream is a hydrating but lightweight, bouncy gel cream that contains Kakadu plum, Desert Lime and Quandong Peach extracts.
It was developed for dehydrated, sensitive or mature skin, and it is soooooo gentle. It has no discernible scent. I use it at night and during the day along with SPF. It’s perfect for spring, summer and autumn for my dry, mature skin. 30 ml/$65
Kakadu C makes a complete line of Vitamin C products.
Ingredients:Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Silica, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu) Fruit Extract, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Aminomethyl Propanol, Pleiogynium Timorense Fruit Extract, Podocarpus Elatus Fruit Extract, Citrus Glauca Fruit Extract, Santalum Acuminatum Fruit Extract, Acacia Victoriae Fruit Extract, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Propyl Gallate, Gallyl Glucoside, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Behenyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Phytate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin
I’m just finishing up my second tube of Paula’s Choice RESIST 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment. It’s a thick cream that comes in an opaque tube with 25% stabilized, time-released Vitamin C. Used at night as the last step in the skincare routine, it helps even skin tone, reduce dark spots and red marks, and helps skin texture. I have been using it as a “spot treatment” by dabbing it on my last recalcitrant dark spots, but I think I will try the all-over method that Paula’s Choice suggests. 0.5 oz. for $55.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C/antioxidant), Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate (emollient), Poly-11 (texture-enhancing), Dimethicone (hydration), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (texture-enhancing), Disteardimonium Hectorite (texture-enhancing), Propylene Carbonate (preservative).
So these are the Vitamin C skincare products that I’m loving now. Are you a C lover? Which Vitamin C products are you using? Spill it!