Myth-busting: Vitamin C in skincare
Vitamin C is far from a new concept in skincare.
While it has certainly become a must-have ingredient more recently, the age-defying and antioxidant properties of the potent phytonutrient have been discussed by skincare experts since the 1930s.
While the popularity of vitamin C continues to rise, so have some common misconceptions about vitamin C in skincare.
Many of these misunderstandings exist because of confusing marketing messages. Others, because of a lack of knowledge about what is fast becoming an essential ingredient in skincare.
Here at Biologi, we understand vitamin C, and we understand the skin. Keep reading as we bust some of the more common myths surrounding vitamin C with the following information all based on cellular and plant science.
MYTH: Plant-based vitamin C is the same as ascorbic acid
Synthetic vitamin C which is more commonly labelled as ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid is made in a laboratory. While ascorbic acid closely represents one element of natural vitamin C, the manufacturing process means synthetic versions are completely devoid of any natural nutrients.
If a product boasts vitamin C properties but is labelled as any of the following, we know with certainty that any results are purely achieved from synthetic ingredients while increasing the toxic load on the skin.
- Ascorbic acid
- L-ascorbic acid
- Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
- Ascorbyl palmitate
- Ascorbic acid polypeptide
- Ascorbyl glucosamine
- Ascorbyl glucoside
- Sodium ascorbyl palmitate
- Sodium ascorbyl phosphate
The most significant difference between natural vitamin C and ascorbic acid is that natural vitamin C is a highly unstable complete. Synthetic vitamin C only replicates one of the elements.
It is the unstable elements that hold all the potent activity that reduce inflammation, build antioxidant protection and reduce the visible signs of ageing. All the reasons we buy vitamin C in skincare.
Traditional extraction methods cannot keep these elements stable which is why they’re replicated synthetically.
If vitamin C is labelled as any of the above, it’s NOT plant-based vitamin C and any results achieved are purely synthetic.
MYTH: You don’t need to apply vitamin C topically
Vitamin C isn’t produced by the body and must be consumed through nutrition or applied topically to receive any benefits.
Applying vitamin C daily can increase collagen production to reduce the visible signs of ageing, brighten skin and speed up healing. This cannot be achieved by the body alone.
MYTH: You can’t apply vitamin C if you have sensitised skin
Some synthetic vitamin C products may not be suitable for a sensitive skin type but this is because of the often harsh formulating ingredients used to produce ascorbic acid. Pure, plant-based vitamin C found in Biologi serums is fully active and gentle on the skin cells working exactly as it does in the plant.
There is no need for sensitive skins to avoid active vitamin C. In fact, when applied with ferulic acid found in finger lime (the single plant ingredient in Bf Face & Body Serum), the nutrients work to repair a damaged barrier function and can reduce the signs of sensitised skin.
MYTH: You don’t need sunscreen when you use vitamin C
While vitamin C provides excellent antioxidant protection which works in conjunction with sunscreen to offer full protection from the harmful rays, it isn’t a complete replacement.
Sunscreen provides a protective barrier against harmful rays and there is no substitute. Daily use of sunscreen is and always will be essential.
MYTH: Any skincare brand can provide stable, active, vitamin C in its most natural form
Biologi is the first, and so far, the only brand in the world that can provide consumers with natural vitamin C.
Our revolutionary, patented extraction system allows us to extract not only vitamin C but also the unique cellular matrix that protects the serum and transports the active nutrients to each plant cell. It is this carrier matrix that keeps the nutrient stable so that your skin can reap the benefits.
As the only company in the world to own this technology, Biologi’s results are faster, more noticeable and longer lasting.
Vitamin C in Biologi serums
Bk Rejuvenation Serum is extracted from Kakadu plum which ranks among the highest concentration of vitamin C in the world.
When applied topically, the active phytonutrients including gallic acid and ellagic acid work in synergy to synthesise collagen and reduce the visible signs of ageing, stimulate skin recovery, build antioxidant protection and brighten skin.
Our Kakadu plum is ethically sourced from indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and is free from all synthetic ingredients. To try the benefits of real vitamin C, click here to shop today.