With the onslaught of summer sun comes the perfect time to talk about Vitamin C. Specifically, Vitamin C in your skincare routine – since it is highly unlikely that any amount of citrus you consume is going to improve the appearance of your skin. In fact, less than 10% of the Vitamin C we get from food and/or supplements will make it to our skin cells. Applying Vitamin C topically has been shown to be 20 times more effective than ingesting it. So, if you’re dealing with sunspots, premature signs of aging, or hyperpigmentation, you’re absolutely going to want to consider adding a Vitamin C serum to your skincare regimen!
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it helps protect your skin and fights free radicals that can cause real damage and premature aging. It acts as a layer of defense against air pollution, smoke, and car fumes that we are exposed to every day – these can break down collagen causing wrinkles, sagging, & dull skin. It’s a perfect helper for your sunscreen (though not a substitute for sunscreen!) as UV light is a free radical itself. Vitamin C also works to interfere with melanin production in the skin, which is a major contributing factor when it comes to hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (spots left over once a pimple or legion heals). It is also a brightening agent that helps calm redness caused by rosacea, contact dermatitis, and sunburns. It works to even out the skin’s complexion and gives you a youthful and fresh glow.
There are two main types of Vitamin C: water-soluble and oil-soluble. Water-soluble forms are highly unstable as they break down and degrade from naturally occurring elements such as light, air, and temperature. This is why it’s very important to store your water-soluble Vitamin C in a cool and dark space in order to keep its potency for as long as possible. In addition, water-soluble formulas tend to need to be more acidic than your skin’s natural pH in order to stay stable, so they can be harsh on sensitive skin causing redness & irritation.
The other type is oil-soluble Vitamin C. It has a similar pH to skin and has been shown to be up to 50x more effective at penetrating skin. Because the pH is similar to skin, It has a much lower risk of causing irritation, which is why it’s our Vitamin C of choice. Here at INNBEAUTY Project, our ingredients and formulations are centered around being effective, not aggressive. Our Green Machine Oil Jelly Serum is formulated with 1% highly stable oil-soluble Vitamin C. But it doesn’t stop there! Green Machine is composed of 15 Green Superfoods such as kale, spinach, hemp, avocado, and green tea. These, along with 250 thousand, yes thousand, sustainable plant stem cells, help visibly improve the overall firmness and texture of your skin. Already have a Vitamin C serum you love but are down to include more in your routine? Our 10+10 More-Sturizer has a 10% Vitamin C Complex to brighten and even the look of skin and can be used day and night.