Vitamin C is critical in the production of collagen. Without this vital protein, our bodies would literally fall apart. Collagen not only holds our skeleton together, but it also attaches muscles to our bones and helps maintain the proper position of organs and skin.
Vitamin C ester, taken internally, hinders the production of the chemical arachadonic acid, which causes inflammation and can also play a part in the formation of psoriasis and the micro-scarring that leads to the formation of wrinkles.
In considering skin care products, opt for Vitamin C Ester over conventional Vitamin C. Firstly, vitamin C can be acidic and tolerated poorly by some skin types. Secondly, and most importantly, when considering ingredients in topicals is the solubility of the nutrients. Vitamin C Ester in Dr. Perricone’s formulations has been joined to a fatty acid derived from palm oil, in what’s known as an ester-bond. This is key as it renders the vitamin C ester non-acidic and enables it to penetrate the outer fatty layer of the cell, the cell membrane. This is important because it means that the Vitamin C ester is actually able to penetrate the skin and go to work, repairing the visible signs of aging.
Vitamin C Ester products are excellent for:
- loss of firmness because of lost or damaged collagen
- sun damage; age spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma
- reducing redness
- Sun burned, inflamed or irritated skin.
Which Vitamin C Ester products do you use? What results have you noticed?