As a biochemist/chemist who turned professional beautician, I spent the last decade in pursuit of the secret ingredient from fermented skincare ingredients, exotic food as skincare to nanotechnology in skincare … from Vitamin A (Retinol), Vitamin C, Vitamin E to Hyaluronic Acid, Peptide, to help rejuvenate the skin and keep us youtfhful as naturally as possible.
We believe Vitamin C helps with more than just as pigmentation buster but is an essential part of collagen production.
How does Vitamin C help with collagen production?
Vitamin C’s skin-health benefits are largely attributed to its benefits in supporting healthy collagen. Collagen works hand-in-hand with elastin to support the skin. Basically, it supplies the framework that provides form, firmness, and strength to the skin, while elastin is what gives skin its flexibility.
Collagen is just one of thousands of different proteins in the body. Most proteins occur only in small amounts. But by far the most abundant protein is collagen. In fact, collagen constitutes more than a third of all protein in the body and about 75% of the skin.Fro m our bones and teeth to blood vessels and cartilage, collagen is the main connective tissue that holds us together.
Like most proteins, collagen consists of poly-peptide chains. But unlike most proteins, collagen is composed mainly of just three amino acids: glycine, hydroxyproline, and proline.
First, the body assembles a three-dimensional, stranded structure using the amino acids glycine and proline as its main components. This is not yet collagen, but its predecessor, procollagen. Vitamin C plays a critical role in the formation of procollagen’s polypeptide chains as well as its final conversion into collagen.
How does Vitamin C help to reduce pigmentation?
Vitamin C directly helps whiten skin by inhibiting the production of an enzyme called tyrosinase which lessens production of melanin pigment.
Vitamin C does for skin lightening. This helpful vitamin also helps boosts the production of another important antioxidant, namely Glutathione which helps to change the the metabolic pathway of melanin from synthesizing dark pigmented melanin (eumelanin) to creating light-pigmented melanin (phaeomelanin).
As a result, new pigments can’t be formed and existing pigments lightens.
Besides eating food rich in Vitamin C, avoiding the sun, it is recommended that to use Vitamin C appropriately. To avoid side effects like dryness and sensitive skin, here are some tips.
- Use 2 weeks of Vitamin C serum in a month
- Use Vitamin C only at night as it is photosensitive
- Keep skin hydrated with emolient like Hyaluronic Acid Serum in the day
- Keep skin oil balanced with Essential Oil as Youth Elixir
Before starting on Vitamin C in skincare, it is important to be committed in a good skincare routine to avoid drying out the skin as dehydrated and dry (of oil) skin potentially cause fine lines and pigmentation.
Hope you find this article as part of Skincare Singapore helpful.