A primer on Vitamin C

July 03, 2018

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant.  Unlike other species, humans cannot produce vitamin C, so we must acquire it from natural sources in our diet. 

Vitamin C is often used to help prevent and treat changes associated with photoaging and hyperpigmentation.  It is the most plentiful antioxidant in the human skin.  It protects by neutralizing oxygen free radicals formed by UV exposure (sun). 

Vitamin C is unstable in its topical form and difficult to deliver to the dermis (deeper layer under the skin).  L-ascorbic acid is the biologically active form - this is important to know when you are purchasing a vitamin C product.  If it does not contain the active form of vitamin C there is little point in purchasing the product.  Medical studies have found that by combining vitamin C with vitamin E and ferulic acid you can increase its power 8 times.  Yes, 8x the antioxidant power.

What else does vitamin C do?

1.  It plays a key role in collagen formation

2.  It depigments dark spots by interrupting key steps in pigment production

3.  It is an anti-inflammatory in cases of acne and rosacea

4.  It promotes wound healing

Glowtime is our vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid serum.  After cleansing your face in the morning, 2-3 drops of glowtime should be gently applied to the entire face and neck.  With consistent use you will notice an improvement of texture, tone and dark spots.  I have also noticed many patients develop a "healthy glow" with the use of glowtime.

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