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Important Secret Behind Flawless Skin

Want to know the magic ingredient currently being hailed as the secret behind flawless skin? No, it’s not some new nanoparticle or a miracle molecule you need a PhD in Chemistry to understand but a vitamin your mum always told you to take every day to keep you strong and ward off winter chills. Yes, it’s good old Vitamin C – but in this case taking it means applying to your skin on a daily basis so it can work from the outside in. Current research shows that when it comes to getting the anti ageing benefits of vitamin C, this antioxidant powerhouse is believed to be 20 times more beneficial when applied topically to the skin and plays a vital role in maintaining the health of your complexion.

The list of skin benefits are endless – it can help boost collagen production which is essential to keep the skin looking plump, minimise fine lines, reduce inflammation and fade pigmentation patches as well as enhance sun protection.One of its most powerful roles is to help boost the skin’s immune system – our skin is constantly being OE attacked by free radical damage be it pollution, a bad diet or the sun’s damaging UV rays – thus protecting it from the harsh effects of the environment, perfect for the coming winter months.

It was hundreds of years ago when sailors who didn’t have enough fresh fruits and vegetable suffered the dreaded disease scurvy causing skin ulcers and bleeding skin. They later discovered the key to avoiding it was eating more Vitamin C which helped strengthened and repaired. the skin. But this doesn’t mean a vitamin pill can do the job just as well as latest studies now show that it’s difficult to increase the amount of vitamin C in the skin by diet alone. Unfortunately, over the last few years, this common ingredient has often been overlooked in the stampede to launch more scientific based skin creams but this Autumn it’s staging a big comeback in the cosmetics industry and being hailed as this year’s skincare hero ingredient.

The fact that it’s one of a handful of truly scientific proven anti ageing ingredients that won’t cost a fortune makes it even more attractive. Look at the beauty counters now and you’ll see a great new range of Vitamin C based formulas, from moisturisers to masks. The only downside is that Vitamin C can easily become unstable when exposed to oxygen, so the forms of vitamin C that are proven and most effective are L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorby phosphate. Regardless of marketing hype, there is no one best form of topically applied vitamin C and it’s easier to look at the ingredients lists on the back or front of the product and check that it includes the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid or Vitamin C esters which are synthetic derivatives and are usually less expensive and may work best for a cream’s particular formula.