Vitamin C is anti-aging

Vitamin C in skin care - how does it work?

vitamin C - everyone has heard it before, but very few know about the function of this anti-aging vitamin. How does vitamin C work in the skin? What is it doing in our facial care? Does a cream or a serum work better against wrinkles? And above all: What properties does a vitamin C cream have to have in order to be really effective?

Vitamin C supports the skin in essential functions and contributes to healthy, beautiful skin in various ways:

  1. It is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals.
  2. It is essential to the building of collagen. In this way, it ensures smooth skin with fewer wrinkles.
  3. It helps with blemishes, acne and pigment spots.


Vitamin C as an antioxidant

During the metabolic processes in the body, new free radicals are constantly being created. These species are unstable and destroy cell membranes, lipids and proteins in search of reaction partners. These ingredients are essential for healthy skin. That is why free radicals contribute to skin aging. Incidentally, environmental influences such as UV radiation, air pollution and cigarette smoke also generate a lot of radicals.

In order to keep free radicals from harming the skin or the entire organism, we need antioxidants. These render free radicals harmless and can thus prevent premature aging of the skin. Vitamin C is the best known antioxidant. In addition, the effect in skin care products has been scientifically proven.

There are many more antioxidants

Vitamin A is a classic in skin care and vitamin E should not be missing in any anti-aging cream. But there are also special antioxidants from nature. Resveratrol from grapes is known as a molecule for longevity. Astaxanthin from red algae is considered to be the most potent antioxidant in the world. The most effective is an active ingredient complex that combines several antioxidants.

Vitamin C against wrinkles

The secret to firm skin lies in a protein called collagen. It forms the framework of the skin and gives it the necessary firmness and resilience. If there are wrinkles on the face, the collagen framework is not strong enough.
In this article you will learn more about collagen, the foundation for wrinkle-free facial skin.

Vitamin C helps twice: First, vitamin C protects the collagen framework from free radicals that damage it. Second, it helps the body produce new collagen. Vitamin C ensures a healthy and stable collagen structure. It can withstand greater tension and does not tear down as quickly. The formation of wrinkles is slowed down and your facial skin remains wrinkle-free longer.

Vitamin C has a double effect against wrinkles. Check out this article for more tips and anti-wrinkle agents.

Vitamin C strengthens the collagen structure and thus works against wrinkles


Vitamin C for acne and pimples

The antioxidant effects of vitamin C help with acne and pimples. Vitamin C reduces micro-inflammation in the skin caused by acne. This anti-inflammatory effect soothes the complexion. The skin condition can be visibly improved. The complexion appears more even and healthier. The progression of acne is also caused by oxidation processes in which vitamin C works. Therefore, vitamin C should not be missing in the treatment of acne and problem skin.

Vitamin C for pigment spots

Vitamin C can also help with the increased formation of pigment spots. This phenomenon is under the concept of Hyperpigmentation known. We want to distance ourselves from implausible healing statements and refer to the current state of research.

In studies, vitamin C has shown that it inhibits the excessive formation of melanin and thus counteracts the formation of age spots. Vitamin C also protects our skin from UV radiation. These photoprotective properties can also help with age spots.

For pigment spots, we recommend day care with a sun protection factor and mild vitamin C.

Studies have shown that vitamin C counteracts the formation of pigment spots.

Which vitamin C form and concentration is best?

We are often asked about the ideal form and concentration of vitamin C in skin care. Unfortunately, there is no general answer to this question. Not all vitamin C is created equal. There are many different forms of vitamin C that are suitable for external use and are used in cosmetics.

The different shapes will tooDerivativescalled. You have probably heard of one form or another:

  • Ascorbic acid (‘Pure’ vitamin C),
  • Ascorbyl glucoside (Connection between ascorbic acid and grape sugar),
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl PhosphateorSodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (salt-like ester form),
  • Ethyl ascorbic acid (also a water-soluble ester form)
  • or fat-soluble vitamin C esters, such as Ascorbyl Palmitate or Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate

In the following paragraphs we want to discuss which of these forms can work best in care products. We also get to the bottom of the question of when a serum and when a cream should be used.

Pure vitamin C: effective, but not in a cream

The most direct effect is pure vitamin C, ascorbic acid, or L-ascorbic acid (INCI: Ascorbic acid). In contrast to the other derivatives, it does not have to be converted into the active form first. However, ascorbic acid is not suitable for daily care because it is too acidic and irritating.

Pure vitamin C cannot be processed in a cream because it is too susceptible to oxidation and decomposes quickly. However, it can be used in a serum. However, this should not be used every day.

Vitamin C Serum: This is how it works best

If you are looking for the best vitamin C serum, there are a few things to consider. In the case of a serum with pure vitamin C, the formulation must have a strictly acidic pH value. In addition, only an airtight pump dispenser is suitable for administration.

Even if pipette bottles look very nice, air repeatedly gets into the serum during use. This way, the vitamin C quickly loses its effect. Concentrations of up to 15% are recommended. However, the following applies: the higher, the more attractive. And be careful: the effect decreases again from a concentration of 20%.

Vitamin C can be easily processed in a serum. Make sure, however, that it is hermetically sealed. A pipette is not suitable.

Cream with vitamin C: our tip for daily care

A cream is particularly suitable for daily care. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is extremely well tolerated, effective and shows the best stability of all vitamin C derivatives in studies. This is a good starting point for the best vitamin C cream.

Is quite new Ethyl ascorbic acid. This form is suitable for serums and gels as well as for a skin care cream. When it comes to the ingredients, this derivative is called 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid or simply Ethyl ascorbic acid.

Vitamin C for the eye area?

The same applies to the eye area: gentle vitamin C is better than pure. Because pure vitamin C can be irritating. However, a mild form of vitamin C is very suitable for eye care. Because wrinkles can quickly appear around the eyes. For more tips on caring for the delicate eye area, see this article.

Vitamin C Cream: What is the Best Concentration?

The following applies to a cream: Vitamin C works differently than a long drink. A high concentration does not automatically mean a better effect. The cosmetics industry is often involved in an arms race here and trumps with vitamin C concentrations of up to 25%. However, caution is advised here. Too high a concentration of vitamin C can have disadvantages. The skin is easily irritated as a result, reddening and burning sensation after contact with water (the skin contains a lot of water) are typical consequences.

In addition, the following applies: Not only the vitamin C and the concentration are decisive, but above all the entire formulation of the cream. If the cream structure is suitable for carrying vitamins into the skin, even a small dosage can lead to an amazing effect. An active ingredient complex with other antioxidants and moisturizers, such as hyaluronic acid, also improves the effect.

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Vitamin C Cream Or Serum - Which Is Better?

The basis of skin care is always a good cream. This should not be limited to individual active ingredients, but support the natural functioning of the skin. With natural lipids, building blocks of the skin and extensive anti-aging ingredients. These include antioxidants such as vitamin A, moisturizers such as hyaluronic acid and basic building blocks of the skin such as ceramides. Skin health is holistically promoted by this combination of active ingredients. Further maintenance is then not necessary.

However, a serum can also provide the skin with an intensive supply of vitamin C. With the right formulation, it is able to bring the most powerful form of vitamin C into the skin: pure ascorbic acid. In addition, a high-dose serum can be used as a booster. So if a cream is not enough for you, you can add a serum, but you should keep a few things in mind.

 Vitamin C creamVitamin C serum
For what?All-round care for every day with additional substances and active ingredientsNot a substitute for excellently formulated care, but rather an 'anti-aging kick'
Perfect concentration?No general answer possible. The overall formulation is crucial.Perfect concentration:
15% - 20%
The effect decreases from 20%
Best effect?
Overall formulation and cream structure are decisiveStabilization is crucial, acidic pH value, airtight pump dispenser, no contact with air, ideally cooled
Best shape?Vitamin C derivative:
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate or Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
Pure vitamin C: ascorbic acid, INCI: ascorbic acid

The formula for success - the right vitamin C in the right cream

In order to stimulate collagen production and let the vitamin act as an antioxidant in the skin, you not only need the right vitamin C, but also a cream that transports the vitamin C through the skin barrier into the deeper layers of the skin. This works best in a cream with the right carrier.

In our skin cream + we use the skin's own phosphatidylcholine to carry active ingredients deep into the skin. We use vitamin C in a stable and tolerable form - Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. And since our vitamin C works so well in the deep layers of the skin, we don't need to use a worryingly high concentration of it. This avoids skin irritation without sacrificing the long-term effects of vitamin C.

For an extensive effect, our skin cream + contains not only vitamin C, but many other active ingredients such as vitamin A, vitamin E, resveratrol, Q10 and hyaluron for additional moisture.
Of course it is also important what a skin care product does not contain. We follow a strict free-from philosophy so that there is no irritation and the care can work properly. Mineral oils, silicones, dyes and fragrances have no place in our active concept.

The skin gel + with 2 different types of vitamin C is new in our range: Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ethyl ascorbic acid. In addition, skin gel + contains other high-dose antioxidants (green tea and resveratrol), as well as ceramides and phosphatidylcholine, the main component of every human cell membrane.


Studies show that vitamin C supports collagen synthesis and fights free radicals. It also works against age spots and acne. The most effective form of vitamin C is pure ascorbic acid (INCI: Ascorbic acid), which is difficult to process in cosmetics. For daily care, we recommend a cream with a vitamin C derivative. Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate has proven to be particularly suitable here. Ethyl ascorbic acid is also stable and effective. The best effect is achieved in combination with the right base cream and other antioxidant active ingredients, such as our skin cream +.

This article was published in July 2019 updated.



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