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Vitamin C is an essential and important antioxidant that should be included in your skin care products.

It is essential because our skin cannot synthesize it. It must be obtained from our diet or applied topically. Vitamin C has a very short period of activity and must be replenished daily, both nutritionally and topically.

The Many Roles of Vitamin C.

Vitamin C performs many functions in the body. Most importantly, Vitamin C builds and strengthens tissues (connective tissues such as collagen, and vascular tissues such as blood vessel walls). A lack of Vitamin C makes connective tissues weak, which slows down wound healing and accelerates aging.

You may have heard of scurvy, a disease that long ago affected sailors. Scurvy is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C. In bygone years, orange marmalade was a staple part of a sailor's diet, providing a preserved source of Vitamin C.

Vitamin C also plays a role in the metabolizing folic acid and some hormones.

Vitamin C in Skin Care.

In skin care, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, quenching and combating the presence of free radicals. Skin is significantly less damaged when Vitamin C is applied before and after sun exposure. Vitamin C visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles and as such is included in many anti-aging products.

Collagen and Vitamin C

Collagen is a structural protein, which acts as a building block for healthy skin, bones, joints and connective tissues. Vitamin C boosts collagen levels, as it is a required nutrient for collagen production. Collagen requires Vitamin C and iron to form healthy protein fibres.

Vitamin C and Uneven Skin Tone

Vitamin C inhibits melanin formation (it is a tyrosinase inhibitor). Melanin is the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. An excess of melanin production can lead to hyperpigmentation or an uneven skin tone.

Vitamin C and Vitamin E - A Dynamic Duo

Another benefit of Vitamin C is its complementary role with Vitamin E. It is an essential companion to Vitamin E. Vitamin E can neutralize only one free radical at a time. It becomes inactive after neutralizing a single free radical. Vitamin C regenerates Vitamin E, by converting the inactive Vitamin E back into an active antioxidant form. This is why it is good to have both Vitamin C and Vitamin E together in a product.

All of Skinlab Direct's Targeted Serums and Vitamin C+E Serum, contain Vitamin C in the form of Kakadu Plum, one of the world's richest and most potent sources of Vitamin C. 


Skin care for all ages and skin conditions.


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