If you’re like me, you care about what ingredients go in your body as well as what goes on your skin. We look at skin care labels just as closely as we look at food ingredients because we know quality can make all the difference. And, no shock here, what is good food for health can be good food your skin. Take for example, Vitamin C! So good for your health and your skin, but you might be asking which Vitamin C serum is best for me? There are so many different forms of Vitamin C, so you might also be wondering, which are the best forms of vitamin c for skin serums? Let’s first talk about Vitamin C as a whole.
It is a potent antioxidant that can improve the texture of your skin and signs of aging. It is known for its ability to protect the skin from free radicals, stimulate collagen production, reduce hyperpigmentation, brighten the skin and maintain skin hydration. Vitamin C has been found to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discolorations on the skin and also provides a layer of protection against UV damage.
Vitamin C has long been used as the standard for aiding skin’s natural regeneration process. While there are many types of Vitamin C, it seems that the most popular in use today happens to be also the most unstable. For example, L-ascorbic Acid will oxidize & breakdown if exposed to air, heat or sunlight (unless it's in an airless bottle like our hybrid serum). That is why, when it comes to Vitamin C Serums, not all forms of Vitamin C are equal. Here are the best forms of Vitamin C for Skin Serums, in my humble opinion.
The Best Forms of Vitamin C for Skin Serums
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a very stable Vitamin C ester which has anti-oxidant activity. Topical use can mitigate the damaging effects of UV exposure. Studies have shown it to stimulate collagen production as well as clarifying and brightening the skin by inhibiting the production of pigment, thereby promoting a more even skin tone. Unlike ascorbic acid, it will not irritate the skin. It is the most promising vit c derivative created so far. It penetrates skin deeper than ALL other forms of Vitamin C (including L-ascorbic acid) so it does a better job at fighting free radicals, boosting collagen, and brightening skin tone.
3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is a very stable form of vit c. Offers skin brightening, anti oxidant activity and skin conditioning. Reduces the appearance of DARK SPOTS and discolorations on the skin and helps stimulate cell turnover. It also blocks oxidative damage to cells. It provides a layer of protection against UV damage while stimulating the production of collagen in skin.
Ascorbic Palmitate is a very stable form of Vitamin C. An antioxidant that can protect skin from free radicals, stimulate collagen, and reduce hyperpigmentation. Since it is lipid soluble, it can penetrate the skin better than L-ascorbic acid(which is water soluble). It is also a skin lightening agent to treat hyper pigmentation and dark spots. It improves the elasticity in skin and reduces wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. It keeps the skin strong, firm and less susceptible to wrinkle formation.
L -Ascorbic Acid
L -Ascorbic acid is a potent antioxidant and skin soothing agent that can improve the signs of aging. A powerhouse when mixed with other antioxidants (which PROOF has over 9 antioxidants in their serum) will help to even out skin tone. When L-Ascorbic Acid is mixed with Niacinamide, you will achieve a radiant, smooth, even, and younger looking complexion. Be careful of serums in dropper bottles, L-ascorbic Acid will oxidize & breakdown if exposed to air, heat or sunlight (unless it's in an airless bottle like our hybrid serum).
Magnesium Ascorbic Phosphate
Magnesium Ascorbic Phosphate is a form of stable Vitamin C and an effective antioxidant for the skin. This form is known to increase skin’s hydration levels as well as being effective for calming skin factors that can lead to excess oil and signs of sensitization. It is non irritating to skin. Very good for people with sensitive skin.
Benefits of Vitamin C For Skin
Vitamin C treats hyper pigmentation, which is the appearance of dark spots on the skin. It decreases the amount of melanin, which decreases formation of dark spots. It hydrates the skin and decreases transepidermal water loss. It can reduce acne formation without causing excessive skin dryness. It is also an excellent choice for rosacea, since it also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin C is also amazing in eye cream! Vitamin C Eye creams and skin serums helps to reduce dark under eye circles, giving a brighter, vibrant, youthful appearance.
The Bottom Line Vitamin C benefits:
- reduces wrinkles
- protects collagen and increases production.
- aids in wound healing
- helps protect against sun damage
- reduces hyperpigmentation
- evens skin tone
- brightens complexion
- acts like an armor against pollution and other free radicals.
Proof Skin Solutions Vitamin C Hybrid Serums
We have opted to introduce these 5 stable forms of Vitamin C into our serum along with other leading edge ingredients such as Glutathione and PGA or Polyglutamic Acid, the latter of which is 10 times more hydrating than hyaluronic acid. We’ve encased our face serums and eye cream in airless bottles for freshness and longer home shelf life.
So, as you can see, I am well versed in Vitamin C! I did all of this research because I was in search of the best skin care for myself, but I didn't want to pay the prices of all the top brands I had been using for years. I worked with a skincare professional chemist to include each of these 5 different forms of Vitamin C in my first skin care product, a hybrid serum.
This powerhouse Hybrid Serum features 18 high performance ingredients. Our multi-tasking serum ups the game with 5 stable forms of Vitamin C, 6 peptides, growth factor & anti-oxidants. We introduce to you, Polyglutamic Acid or PGA which holds 10 times MORE moisture than Hyaluronic acid.
How Much Do The Best Vitamin C Serums Cost?
The leading Vitamin C E Ferulic serum will run you $166.00. On the other hand, Proof Skin Solutions Hybrid Serum offers 5 forms of Vitamin C, we have E, we have Ferulic, but we also have many more highly concentrated actives and at a much lower price. Read more about our $98 hybrid serum for women and for men here. At 1.7 ounces, in an airless bottle to keep ingredients fresh and pure so they will not lose effectiveness or oxidate, it is a steal.
One last note! The leading Vitamin C is NOT in an airless bottle. It's in a glass bottle with a dropper. Air hits it every time its applied, so it does oxidize and turn brown. That's why we wanted to put our hybrid serum in an airless bottle, so air will not ever oxidate our product! Click the button below to see our airless bottle and read more about our serum: