Choosing a Vitamin C Lotion

You have many choices when you are looking for skin care active ingredients today.  One of the best choices available is a Vitamin C lotion.  This nutrient has a lot of research backing its claims and has been an anti aging staple for many years.  You can use it to help reduce wrinkles and acne scars, or brighten age spots.  Vitamin C also boosts collagen production and protects your skin from sun damage.  It’s a good choice for a daily moisturizer for most skin types.

Vitamin C lotions are very popular.  Many people already use a daily moisturizer, and you may as well use one that contains an ingredient proven to prevent the signs of aging.  Vitamin C is an anti oxidant.  It neutralizes free radical damage, which is a major contributor to aging.  It boosts the production of collagen, which improves the regularity of the skin matrix and makes the skin firmer.  A damaged skin matrix is the underlying cause behind both wrinkles and acne scars.  These lotions are known to make skin brighter more even in color.  They diminish hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, age spots, and brown spots left after a blemish heals.  Use it in the morning to help prevent sun damage.

The most common form of Vitamin C used in skin care is L ascorbic acid.  Sometimes Vitamin C can cause irritation.  A high concentration L ascorbic acid is very acidic.  The acidity is actually beneficial, but can be very irritating in the beginning.  The high concentration of Vitamin C is necessary for serious remodeling of the skin matrix.  This concentration is usually found in a Vitamin C serum, but there are some very strong lotions on the market as well.  Strong Vitamin C skin care products are typically labeled with the percentage of L ascorbic acid they contain.  If your lotion doesn’t list the information, it usually contains 5% or less, which should not cause irritation. This mild strength is good for skin brightening, fading hyperpigmentation, and as an age preventative.  It’s also a good choice for helping skin heal after a chemical peel or strong microdermabrasion treatment.  Low concentrations won’t work well at drastically improving wrinkles and acne scars.  You’ll need a stronger lotion or serum to accomplish serious skin care goals.

Vitamin C lotions are a good way to prepare you skin for stronger formulation.  Using a product that contains 15% or more will often irritate your skin if you’ve never used Vitamin C before.  You can avoid such adverse effects by gradually stepping up the strength of your products.  Start out by using a mild Vitamin C lotion daily for a few weeks, then look for one that contains 10%.  If you have sensitive skin, you should apply it every other day, but most people will be fine with daily use.  After a few weeks of using that product, move up to the next concentration until you are using the strongest products and getting the results you desire.  Improvement will take a while, because you aren’t simply improving the appearance of your skin, you are changing the skin matrix.  Your body needs time to produce more collagen.

A Vitamin C lotion will work best when you combine it with exfoliation.  Exfoliating away dead skin will allow the lotion to better penetrate living skin.  A layer of dead skin and debris is often adhered to the surface of live skin, which prevents proper absorption.  This leads many people to believe that a certain skin care product doesn’t work, when in fact it was never truly given the chance.  Using a facial or body scrub before treating your skin with Vitamin C will greatly enhance the results.  If you are using a strong Vitamin C lotion, be careful about using more aggressive forms of exfoliation like microdermabrasion and peels.  The acidity can cause the skin to peel, which can lead to over exfoliation.

There are different forms of Vitamin C used in lotion formulations.  L ascorbic acid is the most common and usually the best choice.  You may also see the ingredients Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.  These forms of Vitamin C are more shelf stable and less acidic.  They may be better choices for those with extremely sensitive skin.

Vitamin C lotions can be prone to oxidation, which makes them ineffective.  L ascorbic acid must be stabilized with other ingredients to give it a good shelf life.  Beware of products that are tinted orange or yellow with dyes.  This is often done to conceal the color change of Vitamin C oxidation, which leaves tell tale yellow tint to a once white product.  Some lotions have an expiration date stamped on the product.  Choose a reliable manufacturer and supplier to ensure you’re getting a fresh product.

Adding a Vitamin C lotion to your skin care routine is a good idea for most individuals.  Remember that you’ll see best results after consistently using the product and adding exfoliation.