Vitamin C is the wonder ingredient of modern skincare.

In consumer skincare, vitamin C is used for its anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties as it reduces pigmentation, improves the overall colour of the skin, boosts collagen and elastin production, improves fine lines and wrinkles and firms sagging skin.

There’s no doubt that vitamin C in skincare gets the results consumers are searching for and Mother Nature has got your covered.

But, here’s our problem.

Many labels boast that they have the most potent form of vitamin C in their skincare product but what they’re actually talking about is ascorbic acid or another form of synthetic vitamin C.

This makes all claims invalid. Null and void. Simply untrue.


What’s the difference?

Natural vitamin C

Natural vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, berries and other fruits grown on trees or plants. Containing powerful phytonutrients, natural vitamin C is one of the most potent ingredients you can put on your skin.

Synthetic vitamin C

Synthetic vitamin C, commonly known as ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid is devoid of all anti-oxidant capability and is manufactured wholly and solely in a laboratory. Synthetic vitamin C may also be called:

  • Ascorbic acid
  • L-ascorbic acid
  • Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • Ascorbyl palmitate
  • Ascorbic acid polypeptide
  • Ascorbyl glucosamine
  • Ascorbyl glucoside
  • Ester-C
  • Sodium ascorbyl palmitate
  • Sodium ascorbyl phosphate


Why use synthetic vitamin C?

If manufacturers are shouting about the benefits of natural vitamin C in skincare, why would they replace that with a synthetic product that doesn’t work? Well, here are the two most common reasons:

  • Stability

Natural vitamin C boasts a million and one skincare benefits, yet it’s notoriously unstable once extracted from its original source.

This means that once it comes into contact with heat, air or water, it very quickly loses its activity and all the natural goodness is gone.

Synthetic vitamin C, being made entirely from chemicals, can withstand the pressure the environment places on the delicate mineral and keep it active.

  • Cost-effective

Ascorbic acid is a much cheaper ingredient to put into products. Chemicals last longer increasing the shelf life of a product and therefore increasing profit margin.


Why you shouldn’t use ascorbic acid in skincare.

We can see how it gets confusing. With cosmetic companies telling you that natural vitamin C and ascorbic acid are the same thing, here are some reasons you may want to reconsider synthetic vitamin C in your skincare.

  • It may not absorb properly

Synthetic vitamin C, while a nice idea in theory, isn’t quite as straightforward as simply recreating the natural source.

For effective absorption, it must be formulated correctly

Unfortunately, a company can tell you that ascorbic acid is listed on the ingredients list, but if it’s not formulated correctly, your skin will get no benefits at all despite it being listed as an ingredient.

  • It doesn’t work

While you may have found the wonder product that’s curing all your skincare concerns, the chances are that the difference you can see is caused by other chemicals added to your product, not the ascorbic acid.

Natural vitamin C is a complete complex, and all the elements work synergistically to provide the results.

Synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid) only replicates ONE of the elements as the rest is where the instability lies. The body must then find the other elements from nutrients held in your body (vitamin C can’t be produced in the body, so this is impossible), or it becomes useless.

Ascorbic acid contains none of the anti-oxidant and potent properties of natural vitamin C, it does not replicate the mineral accurately and provides NO benefit in skincare.


If your products containing synthetic vitamin C are working, it’s the result of the other chemicals found in your ingredients list, NOT a natural product.

Bk serum is made from pure Kakadu Plum extract which contains potent vitamin C. With natural vitamin C; you also receive additional natural benefits of the plant source which in this case are Gallic acid and ellagic acid. These powerful naturally occurring Phenolic Acids hydrate, reduce patchiness on the skin, protect against damage from the environment and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Ascorbic acid simply cannot replace the natural vitamin C complex.

When you choose Biologi, you choose the first skincare product in the world that contains natural, stable, active vitamin C. Using our revolutionary extraction system; we mimic the plant’s internal closed process to extract serums that work in the bottle as they do in their unique cellular environment.

Therefore, you get all the activity of natural vitamin C, a potent mineral developed by nature, and none of the synthetic chemicals. Synthetic chemicals that do not work the way nature intended.

Click here to buy Biologi and experience the power of natural vitamin C in skincare for yourself.


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