December 14 2017 - Skin Care 101
How to get real results from Vitamin C26 October 2017
Vitamin C has enormous benefits for the body and is vital for the growth, development and repair of bodily tissues. As well strengthening our immune system, wound healing and supporting the absorption of iron – it can also vastly improve skin by stimulating collagen formation.
There is one caveat however, in that this can only be achieved if you use the right type of Vitamin C and at the right potency.
The two types of Vitamin C
1. Ascorbic acid - the synthetic form of Vitamin C that is chemically manufactured in a laboratory from corn syrup.
2. 'Natural' Vitamin C - that is extracted from plants.
What will give the best results for skin - ascorbic acid or 'natural' Vitamin C"
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.
But there's another important difference - between the various types of natural Vitamin C!
It is not enough to just use the natural form of Vitamin C if you expect to get results for your skin.
For the very best skin results you must also use the natural form in
concentrated, potent and viable amounts found in a natural skin care product.
Why synthetic Vitamin C is ineffective for your body and skin
Ascorbic acid (the synthetic type) 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. It’s also extracted from corn syrup, and there’s nothing natural about that. Many brands mislead customers into thinking that ascorbic acid comes from oranges, however this is simply untrue.
Vitamin C and many bioflavonoids work so closely together they are indispensable to each other. By themselves they cannot give the same beneficial results for skin as they do together.
The use of synthetic Vitamin C 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.
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.
Natural Vitamin C – Potency matters
Many natural 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.
But - the companies that manufacture and supply these commercially-made liquid extracts state in their literature that they 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.
Such a miniscule percentage is simply not enough to achieve skin results.
Effective natural Vitamin C in skin care
Naturopath and herbalist David Lyons makes our Simplicité natural Vitamin C enriched products according to his herbal principles, and will only use plant-extract natural Vitamin C from rosehips.
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.
The Simplicité fresh rosehip extract naturally contains bioflavonoids which 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 Lyona combines this fresh extract with the
highest quality rosehip oil from rosehips that grown high up in the mountains of Chile.
Read more about Rosehip extract and why rosehip oil alone will not give you the best results.
Natural Vitamin C features in many Simplicité products, including:
- 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.
- Rehydration Serum rebuilds deep moisture reserves.