Two scientific terms that have become unavoidable are free radicals and antioxidants. These are now understood to be crucial issues in the health and beauty of one's skin.
There are different types of vitamin C, both lipid (fat), such as Ascorbyl Palmitate and water soluble, such as L-ascorbic acid. L-Ascorbic Acid, one of the most common forms of Vitamin C used in skincare products, is water-soluble, and is easily absorbed by the skin.
Vitamin C continues to be recognized for its abilities to slow down the process of free radical damage. Free radicals are molecules that can cause collagen degradation (breakdown), fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, inflammation and damage to one’s DNA. It is important to note that water-soluble antioxidants such as L-ascorbic acid act as a first defense against free radicals which play a key factor in the aging process. In addition to its direct antioxidant effects, L-ascorbic acid is known to be the primary replenisher of vitamin E.
Vitamin C recognized for its lightening properties, increase synthesis of new collagen, and reduce appearance of hyperpigmentation, is an antioxidant that is crucial in one’s skincare regime to maintain healthy, and younger looking skin.