Vitamin C, (which happens to be a natural ingredient) is key for protecting your skin from environmental stressors, signs of aging, bad habits, and other unpleasantness we’re faced with on a daily basis.
As an antioxidant, Vitamin C helps fight environmental stressors that are everywhere! These factors are a key reason why skin quality tends to degrade over time.
The most common forms of Vitamin C in skin care can be found in the forms of:
L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA) – Essentially, LAA is the pure form of vitamin C, and is the most common form of vitamin C skin care. It’s very potent and offers all of the benefits of vitamin C. But, because it’s so strong, it’s less stable and can often be too harsh for many people’s skin.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP) – This water-soluble version is more stable than LAA. While LAA often comes with the risk of greater oxidation and irritation, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate offers all of the effectiveness without these risks. It’s a top choice for all skin types, and is highly unlikely to cause issues with even the most sensitive of skin. That’s why it’s our favorite here at Fleur & Bee.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) – A water soluble derivative of vitamin C, MAP is less potent than LAA, more stable, and gentler. It helps to boost hydration, calm skin, and reduce oil.
Ascorbyl Palmitate – This fat-soluble version of vitamin C is a mixture of ascorbic acid and palmitic acid. It’s frequently used in oil-based skin care products, and is also easier on your skin than pure LAA. It’s known to absorb easily and help to even skin tone and promote a youthful appearance.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – A newer addition to many skin care products, this fat-soluble version of vitamin C is more stable, and easily absorbs into your skin. It’s known for helping with overall skin quality, but it can cause irritation in more sensitive skin.
Ascorbic Glucosamine – Another water-soluble version of vitamin C, Ascorbic Glucosamine is essentially vitamin C mixed with glucosamine, an amino sugar. This isn’t as widely used, so less is known about its effectiveness and benefits.
Since Vitamin C needs to be slightly acidic to be effective, it may be a little tough on ultrasensitive or breakout-prone skin (you can always opt for a gentler antioxidant treatment). No matter your skin type, though, it’s always best to test new ingredients before making them a regular in your routine. It’s always suggested to start out by applying once a day, every other day, and work your way up in frequency to avoid potential irritation and redness.
We think your well on your way to navigate yourself through Vitamin C products; your good love- enjoy!