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Q beauty: VITAMIN C


Considered one of the most versatile antioxidan­ts in modern dermatolog­y, Vitamin C is touted as skincare's brilliant all-rounder. Assisting in the treatment and management of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentati­on, surface texture and skin tone, it serves as an effective line of defence against harmful reactive oxidative species (ROS) caused by lifestyle and environmen­tal factors.

Unlike plants and most animals, Vitamin C cannot be synthesise­d by the human body due to the absence of an enzyme called L-gulono-gamma-lactone oxidase. While we are able to obtain supplement­ation from our food and skincare, not all Vitamin C derivative­s are created equal which makes the ingredient notoriousl­y hard for consumers to navigate.

On a mission to educate and empower consumers with science and knowledge, Australian GP and co-founder of Evidence Skincare (ESK), Dr. Ginni Mansberg, recommends L-Ascorbic Acid as the only evidence-based form of topical Vitamin C shown in studies to reverse the signs of premature ageing.

“Although some manufactur­ers will bond Vitamin C to other chemicals such as Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ascorbyl Tetra-Isopalmita­te to improve its stability and absorption, L-Ascorbic Acid is the only reliable form of Vitamin C on the market with strong, documented evidence supporting its anti-ageing benefits,” said Dr. Ginni.

Containing 10 percent L-Ascorbic Acid, a concentrat­ion which balances strong evidence for high skin tolerance and product stability, the Reverse C Serum and C Serum Lite by Evidence Skincare (ESK) is formulated to combat UVinduced free radicals, improve collagen synthesis, reduce hyperpigme­ntation, and protect against sun damage.

“As a highly unstable molecule, L-Ascorbic Acid must be formulated at a pH of 3.5 or less to penetrate the skin’s waterproof barrier and remain stable. “It must also be packaged in an opaque, airless bottle to ensure its long-term effectiven­ess and protect from oxidisatio­n,” said Dr. Ginni.

Formulated to meet these particular requiremen­ts, the Reverse C Serum combines 1% Tocopherol (Vitamin E) which evidence suggests increases the effectiven­ess of L-Ascorbic Acid. C Serum Lite, an option ideal for oiler skin types, is formulated in an anhydrous base to provide optimal skin penetratio­n without the added hydration.

“Vitamin C is a must-have ingredient for all age groups,” said Dr. Ginni. “It protects your skin from free radicals created by excess exposure to the sun, cigarette smoking, and other environmen­tal pollutants. “It also combats inflammati­on and other cellular processes that accelerate ageing in the skin.”

Ideal for morning use, the Reverse C Serum ($95 RRP) and C Serum Lite ($90 RRP) is manufactur­ed in Australia and available globally at www.eskcare.com

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