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How to pick the best vitamin C skin products

How to pick the best vitamin C skin products

Eating vitamin C staves off colds, keeps us in fighting fettle and prevents the onset of scurvy (ok we know it’s not the 16th Century, but good to know)

It’s also completely fabulous for our skin when applied directly. It’s vital for many skin functions, including collagen synthesis, maintaining the skin elasticity, and UV protection.

Like most things in life, not all forms of Vitamin C are created equal. Different products have different efficacy.

So here’s a run-down of a few different forms of this fabulous skin loving vitamin:

  • L-ascorbic acid
  • Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • Ascorbyl palmitate
  • Sodium ascorbyl phosphate.

Say what?? To keep it simple, most vitamin C that you’ll find for the skin comes in the form of L-ascorbic acid.

A concentration of at least 10% L-ascorbic acid is great, although you can find higher levels on the market. But the real winners are the vitamin C creams that include other antioxidants such as vitamin E and ferulic acid.

These extra antioxidants actually boost the power of the vitamin C, so you get more bang for your buck.

It’s worth noting as well that price doesn’t always equate to results.

Check what’s in the pot before you splurge, as with many things you are just as likely to find a product that’s reasonably priced with great results as you are to find an overly priced cream that does very little.

Bet you’re feeling fruity now!

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .

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