May 12 2017 - Skin Care 101
The best natural Vitamin C products for your skin09 February 2016
As well as the many benefits that Vitamin C gives the body– it can also vastly improve skin by stimulating collagen formation. There are two conditions for success though:
- The only Vitamin C that is able to stimulate collagen in the skin is the ‘natural’ type.
- Natural Vitamin C is only effective if it is used in concentrated, viable amounts in a natural skin care product.
The two types of Vitamin C
- Ascorbic acid - the synthetic form of Vitamin C is chemically manufactured in a laboratory from corn syrup.
- 'Natural' Vitamin C is extracted from plants.
Even though synthetic and ‘natural’ vitamin C are chemically identical, only natural Vitamin C is skin-friendly because it is combined with naturally occurring harmonious nutrients, just as nature intended.
When it is used in large enough amounts.
Synthetic and natural Vitamin C – what’s the difference?
Ascorbic acid cannot give desired results for skin because this type of Vitamin C is a naked version – it lacks naturally occurring co-nutrients such as bioflavonoids and beta-carotene.
Vitamin C and many bioflavonoids work so closely together they are indispensible to each other. By themselves they cannot give the same beneficial results for skin as they do together.
Only natural skin care products that have this added boost of ‘real’ vitamin C (flavonoids with the vitamin C) help to boost skin radiance and refine the skin. Skin needs flavonoids as well as Vitamin C to reduce the likelihood of allergies and to reduce the risk of inflammation. This perfect combination of natural nutrients helps the skin to become more resilient and to better resist the challenges of environmental exposure.
When natural Vitamin C doesn’t work
Many natural skin care products and organic skin care products that claim to contain natural Vitamin C don’t actually contain much of it at all.
Some brands use ingredients such as Native Kakadu Plum extract or Lemon Peel Bioflavonoids as the natural Vitamin C component. These are supposed to be 'concentrated'. But the companies which manufacture and supply these commercially-made liquid extracts state in their literature that they actually heavily dilute their extracts with glycerin and water. So while you may think you're getting natural Vitamin C in an organic skin care product from say, Kakadu Plum, just as with any commercially made plant extract there's only about 0.4% of this in the product.
That’s less than half of one percent - simply not enough for effective skin results!
Both body and skin need complete vitamins
The use of ‘naked’ Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is also an issue in the vitamin supplement industry.
Ruth Ostrow, writing in the Australian newspaper says, “Vitamins need the phytonutrients and supporting molecules found in plants for assimilation into the body and are not much use in isolation..Studies show that natural vitamin C, for example, is more readily absorbed by the body than synthetic Vitamin C. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1988).”
It’s the same for skin.
Ascorbic Acid - or cola drinks?
However, skin care ranges that add lots of ascorbic acid Vitamin C aren’t even doing this for the vitamin effect.
They're simply using ascorbic acid as as an alternative to using glycolic and other acid products.
Not that this works either.
Because in no way are these high levels of ascorbic acid going to do anything except irritate the surface of the skin. When the surface of the skin is irritated it swells and looks more 'plump' for a while. If you want this sort of temporary ‘acid’ effect you may as well splash a cola soft drink over your face. This will give the same temporary effect as the ascorbic acid does!
It’s interesting that generally the products which use ascorbic acid infer that the Vitamin C comes from oranges. They’re generally in orange packaging with pictures of oranges in the marketing. And many brands add orange colouring to the products as well.
Ascorbic acid is manufactured from corn syrup. There was never an orange anywhere near these products.
Effective natural Vitamin C skin care
Naturopath and herbalist David Lyons makes Simplicité Vitamin C- enriched products according to his herbal principles and will only use plant-extract natural Vitamin C from rosehips. He believes this is the effective method of promote skin radiance and freshness.
This natural Vitamin C is his own rosehip extract which he freshly makes from rosehip husks - the outside part of the seed which is thrown away in the commercial manufacture of rosehip oil. The rosehip husk is one of the top three known sources of natural Vitamin C.
No more 'rosy' cheeks
The Simplicité fresh rosehip extract naturally contains bioflavonoids which tone weakened surface blood vessels. Just the thing for rosy cheeks that are a bit too rosy. Bioflavonoids also have been shown to reduce skin inflammation and to be anti-allergic.
The extract is also rich in pro-Vitamin A or ‘carotenoids’ - the orange and red pigments found in plants which act as antioxidants. David Lyons combines this fresh extract with the highest quality rosehip oil made from rosehips sourced from high in the mountains of Chile.
Skin loves this ‘real’ Vitamin C because it’s bioactive - it produces visible results in living tissue. So it can’t help but give effective, lasting results for anti-ageing and repairing sun damage.
Natural Vitamin C features in many Simplicité products. Firming Results Lift Gel helps to boosts skin elasticity and tone with every use. Rosehip and Lavender Complexion Refiner promotes collagen production and helps to 'shrink' pores.