Skincare Guide: The Best Vitamin C for Your Skin


" a 6 month study showed that vitamin C visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles."


Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Recent studies suggest that it helps prevent covid-19 death (Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, August 16, 2020; Aging (Albany NY), February 26, 2021). Vitamin C strengthens the body's immune system and reduces inflammation. 

Vitamin C Skincare Products

Studies showed that vitamin C protects skin cells from environmental damage and premature ageing including photoageing. Vitamin C skincare products are available in various forms from serum, lotion, cream, oil to powder. These skincare products contain either ascorbic acid or its derivatives such as sodium ascorbyl phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, glyceryl ascorbate and ascorbyl glucoside. With so many different choices, how to select the best vitamin C for our skin?

The Best Vitamin C for Our Skin

Ascorbic acid (also known as L-ascorbic acid) is the vitamin C naturally found in fruits and vegetables. In skincare, ascorbic acid delivers the best results when it is used in a water-based formula at ph below 4. Vitamin C derivatives are made in the laboratories or factories by mixing ascorbic acid with other chemical(s), therefore vitamin C derivatives contain less ascorbic acid.

Numerous studies showed that ascorbic acid is the most potent form of vitamin C. As the purest form of vitamin C, it is also the most active and effective from all types of vitamin C. For best results, choose vitamin C skincare products that are formulated with ascorbic acid rather than its derivatives. 

Ascorbic Acid Has Excellent Anti-Free-Radical and Anti-Pollution Activity

As a potent antioxidant, ascorbic acid neutralises free radicals and protects our skin from pollutants in the environment. Pollution is one of the major ageing factors. It causes oxidative stress in our body. Ascorbic acid fights off free radicals and prevents oxidative damage in our body. The efficacy of ascorbic acid in preventing oxidative skin damage is further enhanced by combining it with vitamin E (The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health, Nutrients, 2017). To help protect your skin from pollution, apply vitamin C serum underneath your moisturiser or sunscreen.


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Ascorbic Acid Promotes Collagen Synthesis in The Skin

Vitamin C protects and stimulates the production of collagen in our body including in the skin. Among all types of vitamin C, ascorbic acid is known to have the highest collagen-boosting properties. Collagen is one of the major skin components in our body that gives skin its strength and firmness. Studies showed that ascorbic acid penetrates deeper into the skin and promotes collagen synthesis. It is a potent collagen booster. To firm up the skin and minimise the signs of ageing, apply ascorbic acid serum to freshly cleansed skin every morning and evening. Wait for one minute to allow your skin to fully absorb the vitamin C content before you apply a moisturiser or sunscreen.

Ascorbic Acid Protects The Skin from Photoageing

A clinical trial by a group of scientists as published in the Experimental Dermatology showed that ascorbic acid has excellent photo-protective properties that help prevent and reverse UV-induced skin ageing. During the 6 month study, it was shown to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

The efficacy of ascorbic acid in preventing sun-induced skin damage is further increased when it is mixed with ferulic acid and vitamin E (The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2005). The sun is not the only source of UV lights. Digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, TVs and laptops are known to emit blue light which also damages the skin. When you buy vitamin C skincare products, make sure that they contain at least three active ingredients: ascorbic acid, ferulic acid and tocopheryl acetate (stabilised vitamin E).  

Ascorbic Acid Lightens Pigmentation Spots

A systematic review of 22,580 scientific articles on vitamin C (Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 2020) indicated that ascorbic acid is effective at reducing the appearance of pigmentation spots. Studies showed that ascorbic acid neutralises UV-induced free radicals, reduces and prevents excess melanin production due to sun exposure. To prevent UV-induced skin damage, apply ascorbic acid serum underneath your sunscreen.

How To Get The Most From Vitamin C

From all types of vitamin C, ascorbic acid has the highest bioactivity in the skin. The efficacy and shelf life of ascorbic acid is further improved by adding ferulic acid and vitamin E. To get the best from vitamin C, choose a water-based vitamin C serum over lotion, cream, oil or powder. Ideally, the ph of this water-based serum should be below 4 for optimum absorption.

Henry Tianus multi-award-winning vitamin C serum, Antioxidant Youthful Essence has been specially formulated with ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, stabilised vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5, turmeric, ginkgo and lavender plant extracts to protect skin from free radicals, pollution and premature signs of ageing including UV-induced pigmentation spots. This water-based vitamin C serum is suitable for all skin types except sensitive skin. For sensitive skin, it is best to use a niacinamide (vitamin B3) skincare product like the two-in-one rejuvenating serum and lightweight moisturiser, Hydra Calming Emulsion. Niacinamide has been shown to increase the production of collagen and proteins in the skin by up to 100%, and it is suitable for sensitive and hyper-sensitive skin.


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