Vitamin-C for Skin
The benefits can be amazing, and include protection against sunlight and environmental toxins as well as a reduction of wrinkles and blemishes.
Topical vitamin-c for skin will reduce the signs of aging and wrinkles on the face and promote radiant, soft skin.
Studies have shown people who regularly eat foods high in vitamin C such as broccoli, collard greens, citrus, or cauliflower, have fewer wrinkles.
Incorporating vitamin C rich foods into your diet, using a vitamin C supplement and using a topical application of vitamin-c for skin will not only improve skin texture but will enhance your overall health.
Why use topical Vitamin-C for skin?
1. It improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles
2. Accelerates acne wound healing, minimizing scars and hyperpigmentation
3. Balances PH, making skin less susceptible to acne breakouts
4. Helps generate collagen, making your the skin more firm
5. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, preventing new wrinkles from free radical damage
Reasons to make your own vitamin C skin preparations
Most vitamin c products in the marketplace that contain L-Ascorbic acid are a very low potency and must be used when very fresh to reap the benefits of the vitamin before it has degraded.
L-Ascorbic acid is unstable in that it can be inactivated by light, heat and oxygen. When L-Ascorbic acid degenerates, it is converted into dehydroascorbic acid which doesn't have the same beneficial skin properties of ascorbic acid.
An indication of a degraded vitamin-C is its color. Pure L-Ascorbic acid dissolved in water should have a water-clear color. Pure L-ascorbic acid when degraded turns to yellow before further degrading to brown.
When purchasing vitamin C creams, or serums, note the color to make sure it's not yellow. Even if not degraded, manufacturers may mask the possibility by adding yellow coloring.
Vitamin C should sting just a little because of the acidity. If it doesn't sting, then it has degraded, or doesn't have a high enough concentration to be effective. The stinging means it is penetrating.
Vitamin C serums will last from a couple of days up to a week, and should be kept in the refrigerator, but they can be worth the extra trouble! Unused serums or creams should be discarded after a week.
Vitamin C Recipes
Vitamin C Serum
Highly potent, a serum is a way to effectively deliver the benefits of vitamin C without a lot of trouble.
Completely dissolve the L ascorbic acid in the purified water in a small glass bowl. Add glycerin and blend well. Store in a small, dark colored, sealable jar.
Use the serum nightly after cleansing. If your skin tolerates the vitamin C, you can increase application to twice a day.
Easy vitamin C solution
Mix well until dissolved and store refrigerated in colored glass. Apply to face, neck and decolletage with a cotton ball.
Vitamin C Skin Cream
Mix the L Ascorbic Acid or crushed vitamin C into the purified water until dissolved, stir in the aloe vera gel and heat in a metal pan over boiling water (like a double boiler) until warmed.
Put the cocoa butter, grape seed oil, beeswax and coconut oil in a second metal pan over boiling water, and heat until melted.
Whisk the water/C mixture in to the oil/wax mixture until creamy, adding the essential oils towards the end. Let rest until room temperature, then store in the refrigerator.
You can reduce the chlorine in bathing water and shower yourself with vitamin C at the same time! The ultimate application of vitamin-c for skin!
Chlorine evaporates at a much faster rate than water, and this means that in a hot shower chlorine can convert into a toxic gas which can enter your body through the lungs and skin.
See how a vitamin C shower head can help with the following problems: