Skin Tightening: Topical Vitamin C Or Liposomal Vitamin C?

Who doesn’t want smooth, firm, unwrinkled skin that glows and reflects the light? Sadly, as time goes by the collagen support structure that keeps your skin tight and firm breaks down. Exposing your skin to the sun speeds up this process. To make matters worse, fibers called elastin, which give your skin elasticity and the ability to “bounce back” become damaged. The combination of these two events is what causes skin to sag and lines and wrinkles to appear. It’s also common with age to develop “sunspots,” deeply pigmented areas due to overexposure to the sun. It all adds up to skin that looks older than it should.

The good news? Vitamin C plays a vital role in synthesizing collagen and helping your skin maintain its youthful firmness. Studies show topical vitamin C has the ability to stimulate collagen production and improve the appearance of aging, sun-damaged skin. Vitamin C even has antioxidant properties that help protect your skin against environmental damage. In addition, vitamin C can lighten areas of dark skin pigmentation by blocking the production of the skin pigment, melanin.

Liposomal Vitamin C: Better Absorption

Some dermatologists recommend topical vitamin C serums, creams, and gels to people who have wrinkles and loss of skin firmness as well as areas of dark skin pigmentation. But why not support your skin health from the inside instead by taking vitamin C in supplement form? The main problem with standard vitamin C preparations is that it isn’t well absorbed. When you take a vitamin C supplement or even drink a glass of orange juice, a large portion of the vitamin C is destroyed by the acidic environment of your stomach. It’s a pretty inhospitable environment in your stomach with so much acid floating around!

Fortunately, there’s a way around the problem – take Liposomal Vitamin C, a form of vitamin C encased in a protective covering. When liposomal vitamin C reaches the harsh terrain of your stomach, it’s protected from damage. This protective covering called a liposome is composed of phospholipids, a type of fat present in the cell membranes of most cells in your body. As such, cells recognize these fats, making delivery of vitamin C into all the cells in the body, including skin cells, easier

With Liposomal Vitamin C, you get delivery of vitamin C in a form your body can absorb and use. Once absorbed, the vitamin C enters your bloodstream where skin cells can soak it up and use it to build collagen and do the other things vitamin C has the ability to do like lighten pigmentation and improve skin texture.

The Bottom Line

Which sounds better? Applying a topical vitamin C preparation, only a portion of which will be absorbed, or flooding every cell in your body with vitamin C in a form they can readily use? Give your skin the support it needs from the inside and the rest of your cells will benefit too.

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 American Academy of Dermatology. "Variety of options available to treat pigmentation problems"

Author: Dr. Kristie

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