Updated: Mar 12, 2019
Skin Benefits and Uses
Vitamin C is essential to producing collagen, the substance that binds cells together. Stable collagen production is key to healthy, radiant, younger looking skin—it fights wrinkles and promotes evenness in the skin's tone and texture. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties to protect the skin from damaging free radicals as well. It also strengthens the skin' barrier and thickens the dermis, speeds up wound healing and reduces inflammation. In high concentrations, it can reduce the appearance of skin discoloration.
Dermatologists often use vitamin-C products to enhance the effects of cosmetic treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
All vitamins oxidize when used topically, meaning that the vitamins lose their potency (sometimes drastically) when exposed to air. Scientists have had to develop ways to incorporate vitamins into skin-care products without the risk of degradation, so that the nutrients can be as effective as possible. Vitamin C is included in skincare products in the form of its derivatives, including L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, which make it possible to reap the vitamin's benefits when applied topically.
Facial Serums Versus Moisturizers
A facial serum is not the same as a facial moisturizer, and many cosmetic skincare lines offer (and recommend) both. Serums are lighter and thinner in consistency compared to moisturizer. They have targeted functions, such as anti-aging or free-radical protection, and boast high concentrations of active ingredients that are able to penetrate deep into the skin's layers. Moisturizers address only the superficial surface tissue. A serum is best applied to the face after cleansing and before the moisturizer.
Serums With Vitamin C
A facial serum with vitamin C is a potent skincare treatment. In one of its derivative forms, vitamin C penetrates the surface layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and protect from damaging environmental factors, like ultraviolet rays.
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Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a stable, oil-soluble form of Vitamin C, used in cosmetics, personal care products and anti-aging products because of its ability to increase collagen levels, reduce melanin production, brighten skin, and repair the effects of UV exposure and other environmental damage. It is also considered to be more potent than L-asorbic acid and other Vitamin C compounds, and has a higher rate of penetration (because it is lipid soluble, like human skin) than other derivatives; it also has a higher rate of conversion to vitamin C within the dermis.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. It's is an antioxidant that helps neutralize harmful free radicals, one of the causes of aging. Stress, aging or some medications can cause a natural decline in CoQ10 and in most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin are below optimum, resulting in lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. As a small molecule that can easily penetrate the skin, CoQ10 may boost skin repair and regeneration and reduce free radical damage. According to a 1999 study in Germany, CoQ10 has the beneficial effect of preventing photoaging and wrinkles, most notably crows feet around the eyes.
Turmeric is great for all skin types, especially useful for those with eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes acne scarring, and other similar skin issues. But even if you don't have any major skin problems, turmeric is a great all-around additive to achieve glowing, healthy skin.
Turmeric for skin whitening
Curcumin or turmeric lightens your skin by inhibiting the synthesis pigment melanin in the skin.
Turmeric for Acne
Turmeric inhibits the growth of pimple-causing bacteria and is especially beneficial in red or pus-filled pimples. In addition, anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric accelerate the healing of red pimples.
Turmeric for wrinkle-free glowing skin
Turmeric is one of the few natural ingredients that might help in skin tightening along with reversing ageing due its potent anti-oxidants and UV protecting action
Turmeric as cleanser
Turmeric has been used in ancient India as part of ubtan used for cleansing before the advent of soaps. The anti-septic properties make turmeric an essential part of cleansing rituals.
Turmeric for skin infections
turmeric is an excellent antiseptic that not only keeps the infections away by its anti-bacterial properties but also helps in healing.
Turmeric for sensitive skin
Curcumin reduces inflammation by lowering levels of two inflammatory enzymes (called COX-2 and LOX) in the body and stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.