From C to shining C

Posted on December 3rd, 2009 by Michelle

vitaminCfruitMama said eat your food.  What did you do?  Smear it on your face.  Mama said go play.  What did you do?  Get into her makeup and smear it on your face (and your hands and the walls).  Mama said take your vitamins.  What should you do?  Smear them on your face.

Cosmeceuticals is a fun word to say and is getting tossed around more and more as we look for new ways to reverse the aging process and have younger skin. And with that push, vitamin C is once again staking a claim on the title King of all Vitamins.

We’ve been reading since the early ’90s about how vitamin C can help reduce skin damage from the sun.  It spurred whole lines of sun-protection products then, and it’s doing it again. This time as a skin rejuvenator.

More and more findings are showing that this antioxidant can not only prevent some sun damage and protect from free radicals, but it also sparks the healing process that is critical to the production of collagen.  According to Dr. Peter T. Pugliese in an article at, “Vitamin C is also an important part of a variety of bodily functions, ranging from bone formation to scar tissue repair. It is the major water-soluble antioxidant, it destroys free radicals, it plays a critical role in hydroxylation reactions that are essential for the formation of collagen…”

Oh, and let’s not forget good old ascorbic acid can brighten and even out skin tone, reducing hyperpigmentation. The technical reason is because it’s a “reducing agent,” which means it lends its hydrogen molecules to other compounds to form new compounds essential to the health and growth of many body parts. Now that we’re all on a regimen to stop or reverse the aging process with all those creams and lotions, the marketers, er, skin care professionals, want us to start thinking about brightening, and many brightening products out there contain – you guessed it – some form of vitamin C. Obagi has a five-product line of highly rated prescription and non-prescription products in which vitamin C is the essential ingredient — Obagi C-Rx System. You can also find several lines, such as Cellex-C and Credentials, that are rated customer favorites at  Anthony’s Logistics is a men’s line that specifically incorporates vitamin C into its products, as well.

Paula Begoun, the Cosmetics Cop, reminds us that “it’s important not to get hung up on any one antioxidant.” She adds that “Although vitamin C is clearly an effective ingredient for skin, there are many antioxidants that are as good, including beta-glucan, vitamin E, vitamin A, green tea, grape extract, selenium, curcumin, lycopene, superoxide dismutase, and on and on.”

Still, if you have to choose one, products heavy on the vitamin C are a good choice. So drink your juice, take your supplements and smear your vitamins on your face.

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