Most people feel like their body needs a good toning up at some point in their lives. The prominent place to start is a gym. But you cannot go to the gym and perform one set of bicep curls, one set of lunges, and 25 crunches and expect results. Why not? It's simply not enough effort to make a difference in how your arms, abs, and legs will look. You need to choose multiple exercises for each muscle group to start seeing a difference, and you need to continue doing them on an ongoing basis.
The same rule applies to the application of Vitamin C on your skin. Using moisturizers or serums with only one form of Vitamin C doesn't usually pack enough punch to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and brighten dull skin. Applying a Vitamin C product only once in a blue moon is also not very effective. That's why DRMTLGY developed the Vitamin C-packed moisturizer Vitamin C5. The Vitamin C5 moisturizer deploys five different forms of Vitamin C. Applying not one, but all five types of Vitamin C enhance your skin's natural radiance and offers deep hydration for a juicy, glowing complexion. All you have to do is convince yourself that you deserve gorgeous, youthful skin and use it often! But what's so great about Vitamin C, anyway?
The Details on Vitamin C
Here's a little history on Vitamin C. Since there were no airplanes until the beginning of 1900, travelers had to rely on ships for transport and when they wanted to go overseas. These joy rides were nothing like the Disney cruises of today. They were cold, damp, uncomfortable, and seriously lacking in avocado toast. In fact, the meal options were so poor that sailors on these ships became severely lacking in one crucial Vitamin; Vitamin C!
The Vitamin C drought on ships caused sailors to develop Scurvy. The disease caused bleeding gums, other gross symptoms, and super-leathery-looking skin.
Fast forward 200 years, scientists found that Vitamin C was the missing, crucial Vitamin needed to avoid Scurvy.
Today, we usually consume enough Vitamin C in our everyday diets to avoid getting Scurvy. But unfortunately, ingesting Vitamin C doesn’t completely stop the natural loss of firmness.
Back to the scientists and sailors. Scientists found out how vital the ingestion of Vitamin C was at preventing scurvy and eventually how important it is to fight the appearance of aging skin. Still, the critical role of Vitamin C in the skin is improving the appearance of tight, youthful skin, fighting off skin damage, and removing hyperpigmentation. The primarily water-soluble antioxidant indeed does wonders for your skin. Luckily, DRMTLGY offers an antioxidant-packed moisturizer containing not one but five forms of this age-defying Vitamin.
Let's take a closer look at these five amazing types of Vitamin C to understand what each one is and how they work to improve the appearance of your skin.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is the first form of Vitamin C present in DRMTLGY's Vitamin C5 powerhouse of antioxidant and skin-enhancing moisturizer. If its name sounds a lot like salt, that's because it is! Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is like the 5-pound weight of your Vitamin C skincare routine- meaning it's an excellent place to start and is an essential building block. While this form is less potent than its cousin L-ascorbic acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate still pulls its weight in many ways. Interestingly, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate converts into L-ascorbic acid once it's penetrated the skin, becoming bioactive, or in other words, a form that is usable by your body.
So if Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is not as potent nor a bioactive compound as L-ascorbic acid is, why should you use it?
For one, most forms of vitamin C, including L-ascorbic acid, are unstable compounds, meaning that they break down quickly when exposed to various elements such as light or oxygen. Interestingly, products containing vitamin C are usually bottled in dark-colored bottles for this very reason.
The great thing about Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is that it is thought to be less unstable than some other forms. So, if you bought a product with only one form of Vitamin C and it degrades, you're out of luck! Fortunately, DRMTGLY's Vitamin C5 contains Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and is a potent and stable choice to use in your skincare routine.
What are the Benefits of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate?
This Vitamin C compound boasts powerful antioxidant properties, all working together to help your skin with the following benefits:
- Creates the appearance of tight, firm skin- stimulates the skin to produce compounds that make you look like you’ve found the fountain of youth.
- Acne-fighting- containing antibacterial properties which stop acne before it begins and helps to soothe
- It helps fade hyperpigmentation- by inhibiting an enzyme called tyrosinase, a necessary component of the production of melanin or pigment.
- Prevents sun damage - helps prevent DNA changes that appear as sun damage on the face by absorbing free radicals.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a major player in the Vitamin C skincare game. Like its cousin Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is another one of the more stable forms of Vitamin C, considered light and oxygen stable. (Meaning it will not go rancid as quickly). As the primary antioxidant in the skin tissue, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is exceptionally skilled at neutralizing skin-damaging oxygen molecules.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a must-have form of Vitamin C to look out for in your skincare products. Why? Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is less irritating than pure Vitamin C but still packs a powerful punch of skin-firming benefits, even in low concentrations. This Vitamin C compound makes the skin more elastic, which reduces the appearance and development of fine lines and wrinkles.
Benefits of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Here are some of the age-defying benefits of this powerful form of Vitamin C!
- Creates the appearance of tight, firm skin- Studies show that this form of Vitamin C is one of the few ingredients that significantly improve the firmness of the skin on the face.
- Reduces the appearance of skin damage and sunspots- The appearance of hyperpigmentation and brown spots on the face contribute to making the skin look aged. This pigmentation, caused by the production of tyrosinase in the body, is challenging to get rid of. Luckily, enzymes found in Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate have been shown to reduce their appearance.
- Added UV protection when used with sunscreen- Dermatological studies have shown that animal skin treated with topical Vitamin C experiences sunburnt cells less frequently, as well as decreased tumor formation following sun exposure.
You might be thinking, "wow, even just these two forms of Vitamin C can do a lot for my skin!". Image what three additional forms can do! Let's move on to the third type of Vitamin C, Tetrahexyldecly Ascorbate.
Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a fairly stable, oil-soluble form of vitamin C that helps zap free radicals in their tracks and prevents the effects of environmental damage on the skin.
Because of its fat-solubility, enzymes within Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate penetrate deeper into the skin than pure vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid. When paired with Vitamin E, this powerhouse Vitamin C compound works to help protect and support the deeper levels of your skin. Guess what? DRMTLGY's Vitamin C5's got a healthy dose of Vitamin E bottled inside!
Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate also pairs well with green tea and retinol in skincare products for an increased anti-aging
The oil-soluble nature helps to target free radicals that damage lipids deeper under the skin, such as ceramides and cholesterol. Other water-soluble forms of Vitamin C only work to protect the skin from free-floating oxygen molecules closer to the surface of the skin, which is why you need both types.
Benefits of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
- Reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation - Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and other vitamin C ingredients are excellent at treating hyperpigmentation and the appearance of dark spots. Just make sure to put on sunscreen anytime you use Vitamin C products to protect sensitive skin from any further damage.
- Makes the skin appear tighter- This study showed Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate use led to a pro-inflammatory effect, which in turn makes the skin look more smooth, tight, and hydrated.
Not to be confused with palm trees, Palm Springs, or palm oil, the next Superhero Vitamin C you need in your life is Ascorbyl Palmitate.
Ascorbyl Palmitate is another oil-soluble form of vitamin C that, when applied topically, is deeply nourishing and acts as a grade-A antioxidant. One of the primary reasons Ascorbyl Palmitate is used in conjunction with other Vitamin C forms is its inherent stability. Combining Ascorbyl Palmitate with oxygen-sensitive ingredients helps to keep them from degrading.
This is important because while Ascorbyl Palmitate itself does not easily penetrate into the skin, it essentially allows your other types of superstar Vitamin C to have a chance to soak in and do their magic.
Because this Vitamin C derivative does not have the same oxidation process as Ascorbic Acid, it is gentler on the skin, which is an added benefit.
Benefits of Ascorbyl Palmitate
- Powerful antioxidant when paired with vitamin E- put these two together and watch the magic happen. Your skin will be well-protected with an improved appearance and tone.
Last but not least is Ascorbyl Glucoside. Also considered a stable form of Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Glucoside is one of those skincare ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin. It's considered to be an excellent free-radical-fighting compound and is uniquely reparative. Incredibly, it doesn't just prevent sun spots caused by UV damage but also helps repair them. Let's see what Ascorbyl Glucoside does for your skin when applied topically.
Ascorbyl Glucoside is known to be used for those with acne. It's water-soluble and doesn't clog pores like oil-soluble Vitamin C's.
As an antioxidant, Ascorbyl Glucoside works well in combination with different ingredients, and especially well with niacinamide, one type of vitamin B. When these two are combined in a product, they help combat loss of firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And of course, you always want to pair your products with a good sunscreen.
Just a warning, you want to avoid mixing products that contain Benzoyl peroxide, because this could cause Vitamin C to degrade.
Benefits of Ascorbyl Glucoside
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles- like several of the other types of Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Glucoside makes the skin look tighter and more firm.
- Protect against free radical damage- Antioxidants like Ascorbyl Glucoside are significantly more potent when combined with complementary ingredients, and the combinations in Vitamin C5 are not different. Ascorbyl Glucoside is like your own private bodyguard protecting your skin from the sun!
- Fades dark spots and brightens the skin- Ascorbyl glucoside converts into a dark-spot fighting machine once applied to the skin. As it works to help decrease the appearance of your brown spots, it also interferes with the production of melanin. It does this by preventing the production of the enzyme tyrosinase. With that pesky tyrosinase out of the way, your skin will look more even-toned and refreshed!
Now that you're fully educated about these five miracle Vitamin C ingredients, you know undoubtedly that Vitamin C should be a crucial part of your skin routine- if you want a glowing complexion, of course! Vitamin C5 is for everyone because it is both a preventative agent against UV and free-radical damage, as well as a reparative one.
Remember, Vitamin C5 packs five types of self-stabilizing Vitamin C that act as antioxidants.
Not only is Vitamin C5 uber-powerful, but dermatologists have developed DRMTLGY's formula to be gentler on the skin than other vitamin C formulas, meaning it's an essential moisturizer for all skin types to add to their routine.
Just one final tip; because Vitamin C protects your skin, it's a good idea to apply it in the morning underneath your sunscreen. Now get out there and start using your Vitamin C5!
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