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Published: Thu April 03, 2014
Categories: The Myth Minx
Produced in normal amounts, free-radicals are chemical compounds made by the body during the
metabolism of food, air exposure or sunlight to not only rid the body of harmful toxins but maintain
the immune system, metabolism and collagen production. However when over-produced, these
unpaired oxygen electrons create destruction, killing healthy cells and
damaging DNA and surrounding tissue. The atoms try to correct this imbalance
by either giving an electron to another molecule, or by taking one from another
molecule, thus creating a never ending game of cellular musical chairs.
Compare this process to a cut apple left sitting on a bench – the apple goes
brown, or even the rust that slowly destroys a shiny piece of iron. This is
happening to our skin on a daily basis!
Skins affected by excessive free-radical damage display wrinkles, pigmentation,
decreased elasticity and firmness. Not only are there internal alterations to the
cellular membrane affecting collagen production, but the immune fighting
ability of the Langerhans cells are greatly diminished creating a tired, reactive
and unbalanced complexion.
It has been claimed that some of the highest creators of free-radicals in the
human body are sun damage and smoking. Just 1 cigarette will deplete your
daily RDA (Reference Daily Intake) of Vitamin C. Stress, pollution and drugs
singularly or in combination are equally destructive, with barbequed, fried or
grilled food playing a surprisingly damaging role. It’s not all doom and gloom,
whilst the damage cannot be avoided, it can be minimized.
L-Ascorbic Acid, commonly referred to as Vitamin C, is recognised for its ability to protect against oxidative
damage. It’s known to have photo protective effects on the skin and has shown to decrease UVB
induced erythema i.e. sunburns. It is essential for the synthesis of collagen which in turn
significantly improves skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity and decrease sallowness. It is known
to have anti-inflammatory properties by acting as an antihistamine thus can be used to treat a variety
of inflammatory skin conditions.
As an important factor in collagen production, Vitamin C is useful in wound healing of all types. From
cuts, burns and recovery from surgical wounds, Vitamin C helps the skin to heal better.
Vitamin C significantly improves skin clarity and has skin brightening properties and is used in the treatment and
maintenance of several pigmentation disorders such as Melasma, post inflammatory hyper pigmentation and general
prevention of unwanted discoloration. It’s important to fully understand the importance of Vitamin C
to be able to properly evaluate products and product stability. Though often unstable in its many forms and derivatives, it is
evident that Vitamin C has a synergistic effect with Vitamin E, working hand in hand by protecting and repairing free-radical
attacked Vitamin E antioxidants, enabling more efficient scavenging.
Vitamin C however used singularly in a formulation often has its abilities questioned because of its reaction and de-generation with water. Ascorbic or L-Ascorbic Acid can fast
turn into a pro-oxidant or free radical within 3-4 hours when mixed in a water based serum or solution causing the
formulation to eventually turn brown. Instability of Vitamin C limits the forms in which it can be used to achieve effective results, thus Skinstitut’s
L-Ascorbic Acid, is in pure powder form and does not suffer from the above mentioned limitations,
providing the most effective and stable form available on the market.
So there we have it, for a healthy , radiant and youthful glow get ready to get your C on!