What should you know about the use of vitamin c in cosmetics?

Vitamin C is mainly associated with the prevention of seasonal infections. This organic compound is a component of tablets and dietary supplements that strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to absorb iron. Of course, these are not the only applications of vitamin C! The cosmetics of the twenty-first century are also based on its beneficial properties. What should you know about the use of vitamin C in cosmetology and cosmetics? Here is a handful of the key facts.

Published: 20-09-2022

Cosmetic Vitamin C – what is it?

Cosmetic Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid or l-ascorbic acid and has the following molecular formula: C6H8O6. The substance is soluble in water and is synthesised naturally by most animals except monkeys and guinea pigs. The human body also cannot synthesise this compound, which is why we need to consume vitamin C with food. The sources of vitamin C are: citrus fruit, black currant, tomatoes and pickles., ascorbic acid can be obtained in industrial conditions, among others, from D-glucose using the Reichstein process.

Ascorbic acid is a white, crystalline, odourless powder with a characteristic tart taste. In food industry, it is used as a stabiliser, antioxidant and acidity regulator (E300). Pharmacists and physicians recommend the consumption of vitamin C as a means of strengthening the structure of cells of the entire body. It is the vitamin which beneficially affects the quality of the natural synthesis of collagen proteins.

What are the causes of vitamin C deficiency?

Vitamin C is quickly excreted from the body with urine, so people who have a poor diet and do not supplement ascorbic acid often struggle with:

  • anaemic appearance (pale skin, weakness),
  • hard to heal wounds and scars,
  • excessive level of blood cholesterol (the typical symptom is unattractive thickening of the eyelids),
  • varicose veins,
  • recurring colds.

In case of extreme vitamin C deficiency, scurvy develops. The characteristic symptoms of this disease are: gum inflammation and teeth loss.

Vitamin C – cosmetic properties and action

85 years have passed since the discovery of ascorbic acid by the Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Görgy. Manufacturers are still developing new applications for vitamin C, the properties of which have also been appreciated in cosmetics and beauty industry. L-ascorbic acid has a very broad spectrum of behaviour. The compound has the following effects:

  • antioxidant,
  • antibacterial,
  • neutralising,
  • brightening.

Vitamin C also accelerates the process of wound healing and has a beneficial effect on the appearance and overall condition of skin. Thanks to it, skin cells age more slowly and are resistant to the harmful effects of various pathogens.

Vitamin C in cosmetology and cosmetics – what are the applications?

Due to its versatility, vitamin C has been widely used in the cosmetic and beauty industries. What cosmetic products are made with the addition of ascorbic acid? Vitamin C can be commonly found in cosmetics for skin and hair care. These are among others:

  • regenerating and nourishing lotions and creams,
  • vitamin serums,
  • cosmetic ampoules,
  • masks,
  • brightening foundations,
  • bar and liquid soaps,
  • gels dissolving the epidermis,
  • lipsticks,
  • shampoos,
  • regenerating and strengthening conditioners.

Ascorbic acid is undoubtedly one of the most valuable ingredients in rejuvenating creams for the face, hands and the whole body. It is also used in the production of high-quality vegan cosmetics, i.e., products that do not contain substances of animal origin.

How does vitamin C contained in cosmetics creams work?

Products containing an additive in the form of vitamin C in cosmetology are considered as the most effective means of improving the condition of the skin in people of all ages. Cosmetics such as creams or masks with vitamin C, intended for external use, support the natural synthesis of collagen. Thanks to them, you can also:

  • stop the bacterial growth that cause acne and skin lesions,
  • reinvigorate tired, dull skin,
  • improve skin elasticity,
  • strengthen the condition of blood vessels and subcutaneous vessels,
  • soothe inflammation, discolouration and redness,
  • counteract skin ageing caused by UV rays.

Creams with vitamin C are designed for different skin types and can be used during the day and at night. The regenerating and brightening effect of creams containing ascorbic acid can be obtained through their regular daily use. A very important factor that influences the action of vitamin creams is the correct preparation of the epidermis. The skin should be thoroughly cleansed so that beneficial substances can penetrate deep into the cells.

How is vitamin C used in cosmetology?

The rejuvenating effect of vitamin C has been appreciated by both cosmetic manufacturers and cosmetologists and by all creators of innovative anti-ageing treatments. Ascorbic acid has been used in various types of invasive and non-invasive anti-ageing treatments. These include: vitamin exfoliating and strengthening peels and rebuilding masks, combined with needle mesotherapy or face and body massages.

Very often, during treatments cosmetologists use vitamin C derivatives, e.g., water-soluble ascorbyl glucoside or ascorbyl palmitate, instead of vitamin C. Both compounds also show antioxidant and brightening properties. Their significant benefit is also the fact that they undergo oxidation processes much more slowly than vitamin C.

The remaining composition is also important when seeking best results. The use of high-quality raw materials in production allow us to create unique formulations. When choosing the right ingredients, it is worth selecting a supply from well-known and proven manufacturers who are recognised on the global market. Among them, the PCC Group proposes its portfolio. The product portfolio includes a number of raw materials dedicated for the cosmetics industry. Among others, there are many raw materials of natural origin, the high quality of which is confirmed by a number of certificates. Don’t hesitate to check the available offer on the PCC Group Product Portal!

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