What Kind Of Topical Vitamin C Is the Best?

It’s a fact and all skin care experts agree…daily use of topical Vitamin C can lead to clearer, brighter, younger-looking skin.

But there is so much discussion about which type of topical Vitamin C you should use on your skin to reduce inflammation, free radical activity, brighten discoloration and prevent aging.

Stable Vitamin C: means it doesn’t discolor and won’t break down and lose its effectiveness. It’s good to the last drop!

Unstable Vitamin C: will turn dark yellow or golden brown over time as the air oxidizes the formula, resulting in less benefit to the skin. They also will sting when applied to the skin.

If you take a bite of an apple and set it down on a table, it will start to discolor and turn brown within 20 minutes. This happens because the air is oxidizing the apple and starting to break it down. So when companies use the unstable forms of Vitamin C in their products, it can’t possibly give you all the amazing benefits when it’s starting to lose its potency.

Drum roll…the latest research indicates the best form of topical Vitamin C to fight free radicals and reduce the look of skin aging is Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. And luckily it’s what we use in our famous Vitamin C & E Treatment! It converts to Ascorbyl Acid once inside the skin; it stays stable and is time-released so it works for up to 8 hours. Additionally, it acts as a natural skin lightener to fade stubborn brown spots and post-breakout marks and it won’t irritate the skin like others will do.  Our Vitamin C & E Treatment can be safely used for all skin types, including skin of color.

Use: A formula containing no-sting Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. Bonus: If you’re someone who hasn’t been able to use Vitamin C because it irritates your skin, you will have no problems with our formula.

Don’t use: Formulas with their main source of Vitamin C coming from Ascorbic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid and L-Ascorbic Acid.

Boost your SPF! Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Medical Center researchers have determined that using a lotion or serum with Vitamins C and E under sunscreen actually provides four times the protection of sunscreen alone.

So get your daily dose of Vitamin C and the best results from it, by using the right kind of Vitamin C.

Which skin care products are best for you? See our nine skin types or take the Skin Type Quiz and get products recommended.

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