There are decades’ worth of studies and research that prove the advanced benefits of using topical Vitamin C for skin and your face. From advanced anti-ageing and antioxidant protection to smoothening and brightening as well as hydration.
Vitamin C – in particular, its pure ascorbic acid form – is perhaps one of the most important nutrients for your skin. It’s already used by the body for the skin, and science has thoroughly studied its role and purpose. And there’s much proof to show that it’s best to apply it topically for skin benefits.
Why it’s important to use topical Vitamin C for skin
It makes sense that to get positive effects on the skin it’s best to apply Vitamin C topically – directly onto the skin. Dietary and supplement Vitamin C is just not enough to get the same skin benefits.
Researchers Burke et al. proved this with their 2007 study published in Dermatologic Therapy. The study found that applying Vitamin C topically achieved 27 times higher levels of Vitamin C in the skin than even the highest possible oral intake.
That’s why Lamelle has updated its Correctives Recharge CE serum, packed with 20% concentration pure ascorbic acid Vitamin C. But first, let’s take a look at the remarkable skin benefits you get from Vitamin C.
5 Remarkable benefits of topical Vitamin C for skin
- Powerful antioxidant protection
Scientists have extensively researched Vitamin C since its discovery in the 1920s. And numerous scientific studies show that ascorbic acid Vitamin C is a highly effective antioxidant. It actively finds (scavenges) and neutralises free radicals and oxidants – which are extremely damaging and ageing.
This antioxidant power helps protect cell membranes while improving the skin’s resistance to UV and sun exposure.
- Reduced signs of ageing
Scientists have also noted in many studies since the 1980s that ascorbic acid Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen synthesis. Collagen is the building blocks of your skin, the stuff skin is made of. It’s vital for younger-looking skin. And a lack thereof or slower collagen synthesis with age is what causes wrinkles and the skin to deteriorate.
Vitamin C is proven to boost fibroblast activity (the cells that make collagen). This promotes new collagen growth, stopping wrinkles from forming and stemming photo-ageing. It also supports the skin barrier by soothing inflammation and promoting better skin healing.
- Smoother skin
More recently (from the early 2000s) but equally important, numerous studies have shown ascorbic acid Vitamin C’s vital role in promoting the activity of keratinocytes, the cells that make up the outside layers of the skin. These cells make more of the lipids required to form the lipid bilayer an important part of your skin barrier, giving the outer layer of the skin a healthier structure that better protects the underlying skin.
This improves the texture and smoothness of your skin, while strengthening the skin barrier.
- Healthy skin hydration
By boosting the skin barrier and its function, Vitamin C helps your skin better retain moisture. This increases your skin’s hydration levels, which is vital for optimal skin health.
- Brighter skin, enhanced glow
From as early as the 1960s, scientists have noted that ascorbic acid Vitamin C has a balancing effect on melanin. These are the granules that control pigmentation in the skin.
It’s been proven that Vitamin C inhibits melanin in skin that’s very pigmented, making the skin brighter. But it also boosts melanin production in skin that’s deficient of melanin. Vitamin C thus has a unique balancing effect on melanin. Whether your skin’s dark or lighter, Vitamin C helps maintain the ideal balance of melanin. And this helps brighten and enhance your skin tone and glow.
Important Note: It has to be ascorbic acid Vitamin C
There’s a very unfortunate practice in the wider skincare industry. Some manufacturers label their products as Vitamin C, so you assume you get all the amazing skin benefits listed above. But there are various forms of Vitamin C, and only one: ascorbic acid Vitamin C delivers these skin-health benefits.
All the studies on Vitamin C were done on ascorbic acid, so we only have proof of ascorbic acid’s efficiency. But there’s hurdle: ascorbic acid is by nature unstable. It’s an antioxidant, so it spends itself on oxygen in the presence of water. For many manufacturers, this is a big issue. The product depletes itself in the bottle or tube – making it useless by the time you apply it to your face.
To overcome the stability issue, some manufacturers use Vitamin C derivatives called esters. Examples are Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. The problem is that these are not pure ascorbic acid, so they can’t claim the same skin benefits.
See why it’s vital that you check the packaging and demand from the supplier to know whether the product contains real high-concentration ascorbic acid Vitamin C.
Fortunately, Lamelle Research Laboratories delivers pure ascorbic acid in a very high concentration that delivers all the skin benefits above safely and effectively.
Newly Updated: 20% ascorbic acid Correctives Recharge CE
Made with pure, stable and safe ascorbic acid at a remarkable concentration of 20%. You get all the skin benefits of real Vitamin C from newly updated Correctives Recharge CE.
It’s intended as a potent Vitamin C product for ascorbic acid-tolerant skins. And it’s also an entry-level product to Lamelle’s new 30% ascorbic acid concentration product, Correctives Vita-C 30.
Note: Some skins are completely ascorbic acid intolerant. For this, Lamelle has also developed all-new 20% concentration Vitamin C in a lipid-soluble form: Correctives Vita-C Lipid.
To get the advanced skin benefits of ascorbic acid, speak to your doctor or skincare therapist about newly updated Correctives Recharge CE.
Also look at these advanced treatments for skin ageing and Lamelle’s lauded anti-ageing product Dermaheal. For skin prone to pimples and breakouts, have a look at these treatments for problematic skin and acne.