The MVP: Vitamin C

September 12, 2021


Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that is commonly used to treat and prevent photo-aging (sun damage) and hyperpigmentation, as well as reduce the signs of aging related to collagen loss, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Choosing a Vitamin C containing product that is medical grade is your first step into choosing the right product. Vitamin C is unstable and can be difficult to deliver into the correct layer of the skin, the dermis. Medical grade skin care is studied, researched, and clinically tested to deliver results. Creating medical grade skincare takes a lot of trial and error, science, and testing. Not all ingredients are equal, it’s important to make sure that you are using a Vitamin C serum containing L – Ascorbic Acid with at least 10% concentration. This is a purified form of Vitamin C and is considered a stable antioxidant your body can absorb. Investing in medical grade skincare will deliver transformative results because they contain pure and potent active ingredients that are formulated with a unique delivery system. I mean come on – even the packaging matters! L – Ascorbic acid should be stored at room temperature, not exposed to high heat, and in a dark or tinted glass bottle. This prevents oxidation from occurring which would make your vitamin C less effective.

We commonly think of SPF as our holy grail for anti-aging, which it is, don’t get me wrong. But Vitamin C plays an equally important role. The active ingredients found in your SPF, commonly known as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for mineral based sunscreens, will protect your skin from UV damage which will protect your skin from skin cancers, sunburns, and some signs of aging. However, what it can’t do is reverse free radical damage, which is a big cause of premature aging as it leads to collagen breakdown, the most important structural protein to keep skin firm, tight, and lifted. The antioxidant properties found in Vitamin C can reverse free radical damage, while also improving your collagen production, aiding in cell turnover, protecting your skin, and improving the effectiveness of SPF.

And no, taking vitamin C orally is not the same. Vitamin C serum applied topically is up to 20x more effective than ingesting these vitamins. 

Obagi Medical – a world leader in professional medical grade skin care has one of the highest rated vitamin C serums on the market. Available in 10%, 15%, and 20% L – Ascorbic Acid. Dry, or sensitive skin types tend to tolerate lower doses such as the 10% concentration, 15% is best for most skin types, and 20% L – Ascorbic acid is suited for those with normal to oily skin! This product is formulated and studied to penetrate deep into the skin, reaching down to the dermis layer where it can neutralize free radical damage and improve collagen production. The best part is that we carry it right here at skinBe Med Spa. 

Brighter, firmer, and safer skin is waiting for you.