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Also known as ascorbic acid, the skin care benefits of vitamin C are endless.  Vitamin C is one of the best in terms of the amount of benefits it can provide and also the amount of studies to prove that it really works as the most powerful antioxidant.

Brighten the complexion? Check. 

Soothe inflammation? Check. 

Improve uneven skin texture and tone? Check. 

Prevent fine lines and wrinkles? Check.

Vitamin C keeps the skin really healthy, protects it, but also reverses the signs of skin aging.  It forms collagen and also helps to manage any kind of excessive pigmentation, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone and also sun damage and aging of the skin.  Not only is it helping with that corrective action, but it also gives you protection from free radicals. 

 Many vitamin C products on the market today are harsh and make the skin very sensitive and inflamed so many people turn away from this powerful antioxidant.


So what are free radicals anyway and how does it effect our skin? 

Free radicals are essentially unstable atoms. To become more stable, they take electrons from other atoms. The victim molecule then becomes a free radical and sets about stealing another electron for itself, thus setting up a domino effect that ultimately causes cellular damage and premature aging. Antioxidants like vitamin C can actually donate an electron to a free radical, effectively stabilizing it without becoming a free radical itself. In a nutshell, antioxidants act like helpful scavengers on the skin, seeking out free radicals and disarming them.

The reason why there are so many forms of vitamin C is because it isn’t stable.   So what scientists try to do is to actually change the forms of vitamin C itself.  So, they take vitamin C and they tweak the chemicals around the molecule itself to make it more stable. But then the flip side of that it that sometimes making it more stable makes it less active or becomes too powerful and becomes an irritant to the skin. 

Vitamin C is often paired with vitamin E and the main reason is to create a synergy between the two and you get a better performance than using them by themselves.