Vitamin C in Skin Care Products

  • GettingFitter

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    Mar 16, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    As well as finally getting into shape with my body, I have also decided to clean out my bathroom draws and start over my skin care regime, which until now basically meant a wash cloth and a bar of soap. So after doing research online and in department stores it is my understanding that to get the best possible results from a skin care product you should always get one that has a high level of vitamin C in it, as this helps boost collagen production and helps even out complexion, smooth out lines and wrinkles and basically makes your kin look smoother and better. Is this true or am I being mislead ? Some of these high Vitamin C products cost a lot and I do not want to splash out with a lot of money unless this is going to do some honest to god work on revving up my skin.
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    Mar 17, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    Does eating foods high in Vit. C do that same thing?

    ...Which reminds me I haven't had my oranges for today yet.
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 17, 2008 1:16 AM GMT
    IT'S A WASTE OF MONEY!!!

    Sort of

    The only benefits to having vitamin C in your face cream is the radiance it provides the skin, helping to even out the skin tone and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.

    It doesn't actually help improve skin tone or reduce wrinkles, the healthy glow it gives the skin helps to minimize their appearance.

    Spend good money on skincare, it's worth it. You spend good money on your gym membership, your vitamins and supplements, your organic food, even your luxury car and designer clothes. Why skimp on the skincare?

    You just need to know what you're buying.

    My number one recommendation is Cellcosmet. It's pricy but 100%, no 1000% worth it. If you find the price too steep, your best alternative is going for a similar cosmeceutical brand, not a cosmetic brand. Cosmetic, by definition, works only on the surface of the skin, not truly addressing the health and wellbeing of the skin.

    If you would like more indepth info, feel free to email me. It's too much to add to a post.
  • UStriathlete

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    Mar 17, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    I work for Reviva Labs and Evan Healy skin care companies.

    Vitamin C is a very good ingredient for skin. It helps with any skin damage, as well as collagen stimulation.

    Evan Healy use's a lot of Rosehip oil, which is natural vitamin C.

    Dr. Pierracone's books are a good resource. Reviva's Alpha Lopic Acid night cream is the same as Dr. P's just for a lot less.

    You can find both lines in Whole Foods, or Reviva is also at Vitamin shoppe.

    www.revivalabs.com
    www.evanhealy.com
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 17, 2008 3:20 AM GMT
    Vitamin C taken internally most definately stimulates collagen production and helps heal the skin. Used topically, I have my doubts. With my cosmetic chemistry background and even my aromatherapy background, I just haven't seen the evidence.
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    Mar 17, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    oh Shawn...start an aromatherapy thread. I have in the past few weeks been putting a few drops of spearmint oil out. Mint seems a refreshing scent to me. Make the world smell clean and invigorating.
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    Mar 17, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    I eat red bell peppers every week, and from what I've read, they have much more vitamin C than the oranges bred nowadays. But I try not to get too much vitamin C or citric juice in my system all at once or for too long a period, since it tends to break down other vitamins and minerals; i.e. the chemical cooking/breakdown that occurs in ceviche. Not saying it's bad, but like most things should be taken in moderation ;)

    But I haven't read any serious nutritional books on the matter. This is only a theory that I've developed with my understanding of professional cooking, from cookbooks.

    I'll tell one of my secrets to having great skin, is eat your greens: dark leafy greens, broccoli, seaweed/kelp, but avoid any greens that are just "empty calories", like iceberg lettuce in a salad. I'm not fond of it myself.
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 17, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
    Caslon saidoh Shawn...start an aromatherapy thread. I have in the past few weeks been putting a few drops of spearmint oil out. Mint seems a refreshing scent to me. Make the world smell clean and invigorating.


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    Keep up with the mint Caslon, it aids the memory.
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    Mar 17, 2008 3:41 AM GMT
    It ain't working! ... icon_mad.gif

    I even forgot to put out the drops....hahahahahahaha
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 17, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    Caslon saidIt ain't working! ... icon_mad.gif

    I even forgot to put out the drops....hahahahahahaha


    Oh...it's a good thing yer so purdy!
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    Mar 17, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    ShawnTO said[quote][cite]Caslon said[/cite]It ain't working! ... icon_mad.gif

    I even forgot to put out the drops....hahahahahahaha


    Oh...it's a good thing yer so purdy![/quote]


    Yes, it is since I have had to often rely on the kindness of strangers.
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    Mar 17, 2008 4:50 AM GMT
    Buy Clinique products--in the men's line. Median price range--great products.

    Vitamins E and Zinc are supposed to be exellent for skin care.
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    Mar 17, 2008 5:03 AM GMT
    I am a fan of skinceuticals line. They have a vitamin C serum (L ascorbic acid) that is pH balanced to penetrate the skin and get absorbed. The stuff really works on damaged skin. It retails for over 100 dollars, but you can find it on Ebay much cheaper.
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    Mar 17, 2008 10:56 AM GMT
    IF YOU USE C SERUM and YOU "TAN"...

    cool it with the C serums for a few days before you go to beach or booth... otherwise as you help your fine lines and wrinkles disappear you will also speed up hyper-pigmentation (brown spots aka age spots).

    Bottomline... icon_cool.gif USE SUNSCREEN icon_cool.gif every day, indoors or outside, sun or clouds, beach or boardroom.


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    Mar 17, 2008 12:34 PM GMT
    Oh, PHLmuscle8, I cant seem to reach my back. Could you rub some sunscreen on me? ... icon_lol.gif
  • GettingFitter

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    Apr 02, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
    I just found out that you have to make sure that the vitamin c in your products is the stabilised version and approved by the skin care cosmetic body, meaning that it has been clinically proven to do what it says on the packaging and not a rip off. The stabilised version of vitamin c is the only real added C that is proven to boost collegen and fade away markings on the face, while 'normal' Vit C does nothing really and not worth your time or money.

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    Apr 02, 2008 3:02 PM GMT
    re: stabilization of vit A and C... the potency of even the BEST serums is critically reduced by exposure to air. Clue into the 'packaging' re: this factor... ex: widemouth jar = waste of money.