How Does Vitamin C Help Skin?


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At Paula's Choice, having the best skin of your life starts with an assortment of effective, exceptional skincare ingredients combined to give your skin everything it needs to look healthy, refined, clarified, and renewed. There are so many brilliant skincare ingredients, it's impossible pick the absolute best ones, although there are a few exceptions, and vitamin C is one of them!

Vitamin C has the unique status of being considered by skincare experts around the world as an anti-aging superstar. At Paula's Choice, we follow the latest research on vitamin C, and are excited to share how you can incorporate this powerhouse antioxidant ingredient into your skincare routine, no matter your skin type or anti-aging concern.

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Vitamin C for Anti-Aging & Brighter Skin

There are many forms of vitamin C (and we'll get to which types work best) and each one has potent antioxidant benefits that help to intercept problems before they can happen to your skin.

When added to your daily skincare routine, well-formulated products containing vitamin C can provide a range of benefits from helping to even your skin tone, revitalize skin's surface, significantly improve hydration, and keep your skin looking younger, longer!

Ascorbic Acid is Vitamin C Royalty

Ascorbic acid—also known as L-ascorbic acid—has the most skin-related research of any form of vitamin C. For that reason, it's the form of vitamin C we use most often in our Paula's Choice products.

When properly formulated (this ingredient can be finicky), ascorbic acid helps create younger-looking, firmer-feeling skin while signs of uneven skin tone seem to disappear. Ascorbic acid also helps skin's surface rebuff external stressors and exposure to the elements.

There's more: Ascorbic acid is also a powerhouse when mixed with other antioxidants. That approach is the fundamental philosophy here at Paula's Choice. One ingredient, no matter how amazing, is never enough to take the best care of your skin.

Higher Concentrations of Vitamin C Can Do Wonders

We are particularly proud of our two higher concentration vitamin C products that provide targeted solutions to your stubborn skincare concerns.

RESIST Vitamin C Spot Treatment with 25% ascorbic acid can be used over specific problem areas and our RESIST C15 Super Booster can be used all over to refresh and renew skin with noticeable results that visibly improve the look of skin imperfections.

While we love our higher concentration vitamin C products, those with lower concentrations can also provide stunning results. Higher strengths have their benefit for specific concerns but lower strengths in moisturizers and toners can replenish skin in significant ways.

Research has shown that concentrations as low 0.6% provide antioxidant and anti-aging benefits to skin. So, depending on your concerns, you may do just fine using a regular-strength vitamin C product to smooth, brighten, and replenish skin—especially if the form of vitamin C is one we discuss in the next section.

Other Forms of Vitamin C

Although ascorbic acid is definitely an outstanding form of vitamin C, there are other forms that have notable research demonstrating their stability and efficacy. Those forms include sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl glucoside. All of these are worthy of your attention when included in a superior moisturizing lotion, gel, serum, or toner.

Keep in mind that all antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to breaking down when routinely exposed to air and light. That means if you want to get the best possible results from your antioxidant-enriched skincare, only choose those packaged in opaque tubes, air-restrictive bottles, or pumps that help keep their ingredients stable once the product is in use!

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth scientific research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! See Paula's Choice Vitamin C Treatments.

References for this information:

Skin Research and Technology, August 2008, issue 3, pages 376 – 380

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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