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Alumier Skin Experts / September 20, 2016

Vitamin C Unraveled

Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that improves skin tone and texture. It reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
While young skin contains plenty of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors including UV radiation, pollution, and smoking compound the decline of vitamin C contributing to signs of aging.
Vitamin C is essential for collagen production. It increases type 1 and 3 pro-collagen messenger RNA levels in fibroblasts.  Vitamin C is also required for the binding of collagen fibers into its strong rope-like triple helix structure.
Vitamin C decreases melanin (pigment) production by interacting with copper ions at the tyrosinase-active site, which inhibits the action of the enzyme tyrosinase.
Using Vitamin C
Applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally.
Apply once daily after cleansing in the morning to utilize vitamin C`s antioxidant properties. Combine vitamins C and E together; vitamin E boosts vitamin C’s antioxidant effect four-fold and vitamin C reactivates vitamin E after it gives up an electron to neutralize free radicals.
L-Ascorbic Acid
Most ascorbic acid molecules have a D- or L- rotation. In nature, you will usually find the L-rotation as the active form. However, in many products, it is found as a racemic mixture of D- and L-ascorbic acid together. D-ascorbic acid is only equal to L-ascorbic acid from an antioxidant standpoint. L-ascorbic is the only biologically active (bioactive) form of vitamin C, which describes this nutrient’s ability to affect target tissues.
Other forms of vitamin C including BVOSC and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate are not recognized by the body and must be converted to L-ascorbic acid by the skin in order for them to be used.
Purity
AlumierMD’s Vitamin Rich Smoother and EverActive C&E® both deliver pure USP grade L-ascorbic acid. USP stands for United States Pharmacopeia, which is the highest pharmaceutical standard.
Stability
Many vitamin C serums oxidize in their bottles, turning an orange or brownish color while they are on the shelf or at home. When oxidized, the vitamin C becomes an oxidant instead of an antioxidant, which can be harmful to the skin. The grade of vitamin C, formulation and delivery system affect the rate of oxidation. Vitamin C serums should be clear to light yellow.

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