Vitamin C infused products have taken the beauty world by a storm over the last few decades and we must admit, it is all for the right reasons. Vitamin C is a powerful anti – oxidant and boosts collagen synthesis. Its strong anti – ageing properties help in softening the fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing the skin texture and firmness. It also assists in reversing the photo damage your skin has gone through, thereby blessing you with an even – toned smooth complexion. Last but not the least, it blesses you with a healthy and youthful glow from within.
While the benefits of Vitamin C are endless and one shall definitely incorporate this mystical vitamin into their skincare regime, we would like you to understand the various forms or more precisely derivatives of Vitamin C used in these products and how effective (or not) they are at their job.
While reading through the labels of your Vitamin C enriched serums, you will find either or some of the following as the main ingredients –
- L – Ascorbic acid (AA) – in food, ascorbic acid is only a part of the Vitamin C compound however, when produced synthetically it is the closest form of the vitamin that can be achieved. This implies that the ascorbic acid content in your products is not capable to extend the Vitamin C benefits in its entirety. Moreover, the ascorbic acid is derived from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) corn starch, corn sugar and rice starch. It has been established by various studies that synthetic Vitamin C can contribute to other serious health diseases.
- Ascorbyl Palmitate (AP) – it is a fat – soluble version of ascorbic acid made with palmitic acid. As established by NCBI (National Centre for Biotechnology Information), despite the anti – oxidant properties, AP may intensify skin damage following physiologic doses of ultraviolet radiation.
- Ascorbyl tetra-isopalmitoyl (ATIP) – it is an oil – soluble version of ascorbic acid made with isopalmitic acid.
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP)/ Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) – fairly new derivatives, SAP/MAP are the stabilized sodium/magnesium salts of ascorbic acid.
If you search about these ingredients, Google will tell you that these are safe to use and have miraculous benefits on skin. However, the information about how they are produced is not readily available unless you search extensively. Even on the brands websites, if at all any information about ingredients is available, it’s about the benefits and not how its derived for their particular product. Unfortunately, there are no stringent regulations around ingredients used in beauty products as well. Therefore, it’s almost impossible to figure out whether these ingredients are naturally or synthetically processed unless the brands voluntarily undergo certifications.
Another common thing that you will come across through the labels is that most of these are water soluble serums and might as well have the famous Hyaluronic Acid in the ingredients list. HA acts as a powerful humectant and helps packing moisture into the skin. It’s true that HA is found in human body however, topical application of artificial HA may come with its own side effects. HA is distinguished on the basis of their molecular weight like High, Medium and Low. While HMW HA doesn’t penetrates into the skin and keeps moisture intact, LMW HA penetrates deep and can lead to ageing inflammation.
Also, HA is commonly derived from Rooster Comb and hence, is not always vegan. Again, no information on the molecular weight or how HA is derived is available on the labels or brands websites and yet the products are stamped vegan.
That being said, Juicy Chemistry’s Vitamin C serum is directly derived from organically produced fruits thereby blessing you with the wholesome goodness of Vitamin C and not just the derivatives. It is an oil – based serum and therefore, is able penetrate deep into the skin through the lipid membranes unlike the water – based serums. If you carefully attended your chemistry lectures, you would know that oil and water do not blend together. The water – soluble ones often stay on the outermost layer of skin while oil soluble serums penetrate deep and repair the skin at its roots.
Our serum has been curated with fruits known to be the richest sources of Vit C. Kakadu Plum, helps in repairing the skin at the deepest levels. From boosting collagen and elastin to evening out skin, this powerful ingredient does it all. Passionfruit is a powerhouse of anti – oxidants that protects your skin from sun and free radical damage. Grapefruit is a natural astringent which controls excess oil production and helps in refining and shrinking pores. It also possesses bactericidal properties which keeps acne at bay and contributes to smoother and firmer skin.
Moreover, just like all our products, Vitamin C serum is also Eco Cert certified which means all the ingredients, production processes and final product have been scrutinized on various grounds before deeming it be fit for final use. We have detailed information about our ingredients rightly available on our website for you all to make sound decisions.
Choose wisely, choose right!