Dive into the benefits of vitamins C and E in skincare and learn how they prevent ageing of your skin in our natural skincare advice blog. If you ask any skincare expert about the most important ingredients in skincare regimes, they will immediately think of Vitamin C and E and their magical effects on the skin!
Vitamin C in Skincare
We all know how important Vitamin C is for our health. Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi identified its importance as an essential and all-rounder ingredient in 1937 and was awarded the Nobel Prize. Since then, Vitamin C has been extensively used in skincare regimes and is considered one of the essential products to combat skin ageing.
Many forms of Vitamin C are commonly used in skincare products, such as L-Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, TetrahexyldecylAscorbate, AscorbylPalmitate, 3-O ethyl Ascorbic Acid and AscorbylGlucoside. They are not, however, equally effective.
L-Ascorbic Acid is the best form of Vitamin C among all the forms mentioned above. It helps combat free radicals, which even out the dark spots on your skin and repairs your skin by boosting collagen production. Let’s take a look at the beneficial properties of L-Ascorbic Acid.
Benefits of L-Ascorbic Acid
Here are the benefits of the best form of Vitamin C, L-Ascorbic Acid, for your skin.
1. It Neutralises Free Radicals
Free radicals in the skin lead to the breakdown of collagen, formation of wrinkles and the premature ageing of the skin . L-Ascorbic Acid protects the skin from free radicals that are produced by the UV radiation of the sun and other environmental stressors. It neutralises free radicals because of its antioxidant properties.
L-Ascorbic Acid works best in conjunction with Vitamin E. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant with amazing photoprotection properties. Combining 15% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and 1% α-tocopherol (Vitamin E) provides significant protection against sunburn and erythema. Research shows that using this concoction for 4 days increases the antioxidant photoprotection factor by 4-fold .
2. It Brightens Dark Spots
L-Ascorbic Acid is also found to reduce dark spots and lighten hyperpigmentation. It evens out the skin tone by inhibiting melanin production, which helps brighten your skin. According to research, using 25% L-Ascorbic Acid for 16 weeks remarkably decreases skin pigmentation .
3. It Stimulates Collagen Production
L-Ascorbic Acid also helps boost collagen production, which prevents the signs of premature ageing. It stabilises and links collagen molecules which boost the production of new collagen. As a result, skin elasticity is maintained and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles reduces  & .
In another research, it was found that applying 10% L-Ascorbic Acid under laboratory conditions reduced sunburn cell formation by 40-60% and UVB-induced erythema by 52% .
Speisialtóir Vitamin C and E Serum
We have combined all the anti-aging benefits of L-Ascorbic Acid in a single product, and used this to create Efani Co.’s Speisialtóir Vitamin C & E Serum. This holy grail serum protects and revitalises your skin.
Speisialtóir contains 20% pure L-Ascorbic Acid and Vitamin E to perform 3 key functions:
• It prevents your skin from damage by combatting free radicals.
• It reduces hyperpigmentation of the skin by stimulating collagen production.
• It improves skin texture and evens out the skin tone.
Our science: L-Ascorbic Acid degrades when exposed to air. To prevent this, we have used our internationally patented Amphiphilic Trans-epidermal Delivery System in the product. Speisialtóir can be easily used and kept over 36 months without the need for any preservatives. You don't need to keep it refrigerated.
Best applied: Use it in the morning and evening by applying 2-3 drops on your neck and face after cleansing. It is also important to apply sunscreen to increase the effect of the product. Wearing a sunscreen protects your skin by blocking UV radiation while Vitamin C and E help fight free radicals. Together, these products can keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Face fact: Speisialtóir also doesn’t contain any water so that it delivers an optimal concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid.
Good to know: You may feel a tingling sensation on your skin due to the high concentration of 20% Vitamin C in the serum. However, it is suitable for all skin types as it is not pH-dependent. You can patch test the product for 24 hours if you have sensitive skin. If there is no reaction, you can start using the product once a day every second day. You can then increase your usage slowly as your skin gets used to Speisialtóir.