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Skincare Trends to Combat Free Radicals: Topical Vitamin C in Skin Care Products

Skincare Trends to Combat Free Radicals: Topical Vitamin C in Skin Care Products

Skincare-News. com looks into the newest in anti-aging trends: vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2008

Vitamin C isn't just great for health; it's an excellent addition to a skincare routine. Skincare-News. com's latest article, "Vitamin C" finds the latest research on vitamin C and its benefits. http://www. skincare-news. com/articles. php? ArtID=539 (http://www. skincare-news. com/articles. php? ArtID=539)

What is it? Touted as one of the most effective topical agents against wrinkles and fines lines, vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, is vital for collagen production and the reduction of free radicals -- natural by-products of oxidation that can be triggered by pollutants, sunlight, stress, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Left untreated, free radicals damage surrounding healthy cells and cause accelerated aging, damaged skin and even cancer.

Where to find it: Although oral ingestion of vitamin C is important for health, the body eventually flushes it out, so applying topical vitamin C is the best bet for getting the skincare benefits.
Vitamin C is included in a bevy of skincare products, including anti-aging formulas, cleansers, serums and moisturizing products.

Ready to buy a vitamin C product? Keep in mind that when vitamin C is exposed to air, it undergoes oxidation and renders the product ineffective. According to Smart Skin Care, if the formulation has turned a yellowish-brown color, toss it. The unpleasant shade indicates that the product has oxidized and is therefore useless or even harmful, as vitamin C in its oxidized form might increase the development of free radicals.

Avoid the possibility of purchasing an unstable vitamin C product by choosing from a trustworthy brand, checking the expiration date and packaging and always storing it properly. In addition, select products with 10 percent of vitamin C or more.

What to expect: Though research is being done to develop a more stable formula of topical vitamin C, studies have shown vitamin C might play a role in protecting against UV damage and sunburn and activating collagen production. In the meantime, as mentioned above, not all vitamin C products are created equal; many of the products on the market contain low concentrations of vitamin C and don't even penetrate the skin, so people might not get the results advertised. It's important to be especially diligent when choosing a vitamin C product that actually works.

Skincare-News. com covers all skincare and beauty topics from head to toe. Check out these latest articles:

Growing Pains: Acne
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For most of us, by the time we have reached the age of 20, we have suffered some sort of blemish or breakout. What causes these breakouts? Like everything else in adolescence, hormones may be blamed for a lot of these changes. And even though they may seem heart-wrenching or embarrassing, don't despair. Acne flare ups can be controlled and even beaten with a few simple adjustments to a daily skincare routine.

My, What Bumpy Arms You Have!
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Characterized by whitish bumps which are clustered on the backs of the upper arms, and sometimes referred to as 'chicken skin', keratosis pilaris is neither contagious nor harmful, but can be irritating, annoying and frustrating to treat, as no real cure exists. Even though there is no known cure for keratosis pilaris, there are many products available to treat a flare-up, and even to smooth away the bumpy symptoms of this condition.

Think Before You Buy, Part I: Natural and Organic Skin Care
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Recently, studies have shown that companies are legally allowed to put things into their skincare products that would never be allowed in foods. The skin acts as a barrier between the inside and the outside world, filtering out the bad and taking in the good. The products that are put on the skin will, to some degree, be absorbed into the body and circulate throughout the bloodstream. Fragrances and preservatives are the two main causes of allergic reactions to skin care products. This is where natural and organic skincare come in. Organic and natural products have been hailed as the solution to dangerous ingredients in beauty products. But what's the truth behind these harder to find and more expensive natural and organic products?

About SkinCare-News. com -- "Your Source for Intelligent Skin Care"
Skincare-News. com is the online source for consumers seeking intelligent beauty and skin care news, advice, tips and articles. Founded in 2005, SkinCare-News. com features articles, news items and frequently asked questions on skincare and beauty related issues. SkinCare-News. com is located in Sacramento, California, but receives visitors from all around the world. For more information, visit http://www. skincare-news. com (http://www. skincare-news. com).

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