Why Vitamin C Skin Care Products Don't Work For Everyone

Everyone Wants Clearer, Brighter Skin. Here are 3 Gentler, Better Vitamin C Alternatives

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Vitamin C in skin care products sounds healthy and natural but people with severe acne, sensitive skin, and very dry skin should be wary of its potential side effects.

 Most find out about vitamin C skin care products in search of a quick, proven solution to brighten dark spots and uneven skin tone. Vitamin C in skin care formulas are also touted to help boost collagen growth to fight fine lines and wrinkles. However, trying a vitamin C skin care product and experiencing the potential side effects of irritation, redness, and severely dry skin can feel like taking one step forward only to take two steps back.

Vitamin C is an acid that helps peel or exfoliate dead skin cells on the surface to encourage the growth of healthy, new, flawless skin cells. However, potential side effects of visible skin irritation are due to the particular form and concentration of vitamin C being too harsh on the skin. Happy, healthy skin maintains a pH balance of around 4.7 to 5.7, while l-ascorbic acid, the most common form of vitamin C typically has a pH of around 2.2 to 2.5!1 The disruption of your skin’s pH balance by vitamin C might be tolerable to those with normal skin types. However, people with sensitive, acne-prone, and very dry skin types have a more delicate skin barrier that needs extra care to help the skin repair itself.

Whether your skin is sensitive or not, caring for sensitive skin is the highest standard of caring for skin. Here are 2 skin care tips to show TLC to all, especially sensitive skin types:

 1. Many cleansers tend to be too alkaline while exfoliants and brightening products tend to be too acidic. Stick with products with a pH around 4.7 to 5.7 (skin’s natural pH) to avoid redness and irritation.

2. Avoid direct contact with hot water on your face. Although a hot, steamy shower feels great on the body, the skin on our face is thinner and prone to damage from the heat. Use warm water and/or steam to open up and deep clean pores and cold water to rinse and help shrink the appearance of pores.

At a microscopic level, dark spots and blotchy skin tone are a bunch of skin cells on the surface that have excess melanin. This condition of excess melanin formed as a natural defense to protect skin cells against harmful radiation from the sun.

Most skin care brands encourage brightening dark spots and uneven skin tone by sloughing off these darker surface skin cells with exfoliating acids such as vitamin C and glycolic acid to help reveal the flawless, youthful skin cells beneath. However, this method of exfoliating is harsh on the skin and not for most people as over-exfoliation can cause irritation, redness, and sensitivity.

Instead of harsh exfoliators and peeling treatments, here are 3 natural and gentle ingredients found in skin care serums that are research-proven to help brighten stubborn acne scars, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.

Because these ingredients are not exfoliants, they are gentle enough to be used more frequently, if not daily for faster results on all skin types.

White Peony Root extract: provides paeoniflorin, the unique compound also used in inflammatory and immune medicine, that helps fade existing dark spots2
Nonapeptide-1: a brightening peptide, which helps suspend excess melanin production at a cellular level while fighting wrinkles by boosting healthy collagen growth.3
Arbutin: sourced from the bearberry plant, arbutin helps improve the skin’s resilience against forming future dark spots and uneven skin tone4

The Cell Forté Serum features all 3 natural brightening ingredients and the non-exfoliating formula is generally safe for most skin types. Unlike most luxury serums that have a glycerin base, the Forté Serum is made with a base of reparative silk protein with 38 skin barrier replenishing amino acids and no parabens, mineral oil, or silicones. Read more about how arbutin is one of the best dark spot lightening ingredients available, here.

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If you are starting to consider a visit to a medi-spa or plastic surgeon’s office, wait on booking that first appointment. Your skin may just be in need of more concentrated and refined skincare. 

The Forte Serum is an ultra-hydrating multi-tasking serum that visibly rejuvenates the face, eyes, and neck with a unique concentrated formula of firming, wrinkle smoothing, and dark spot fading ingredients.

With medical-grade ingredients that work quickly and effectively, the Forte Serum erases the need for risky chemical peels or laser treatments, meaning less time and money spent getting the results you deserve.

The Forte Serum features advanced ingredients to target the two primary causes of aging that occur naturally over time: slower skin turnover and low collagen levels.

EGF and peptides — as well as the inclusion of hydrating sodium hyaluronate and 22 brightening botanical extracts — makes the Forte Serum the epitome of natural medical-grade skincare.

In as little as two weeks, users saw improvement in the look of wrinkles and fine lines and felt more firmness and smoothness. Users also noticed brighter skin and a more even facial tone without makeup.

Deep, lasting hydration goes without saying, but by nourishing your skin with the Forte Serum, you will start to see your best skin, the skin you deserve day after day.

50mL / 1.69 fl. oz

Natural, Powerful Ingredients for Youthful-Looking Skin at Any Age

Sodium Hyaluronate

Works better than hyaluronic acid to deliver immediate hydration deep into the skin to help plump fine lines and wrinkles

Brightening Botanicals™

Four natural extracts work in synergy to help gently brighten dark spots and restore radiance without harsh acids or exfoliants

Sericin

Sourced from silk protein, sericin helps strengthen the skin barrier with 38 amino acids to seal in long-lasting hydration

Sh-oligopeptide-1 (EGF)

Stimulates the skin’s natural renewal process and collagen growth to fight stubborn wrinkles, fade dark spots and acne scars

Arbutin

Sourced from the bearberry plant, arbutin helps brighten uneven skin tone and improve the skin’s resilience against future dark spots and dullness

Nourishing 9 Peptides™

The potent combination of peptides help support collagen growth to help smooth wrinkles while restoring firmness and elasticity

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Forté Cream

Not in love with your current face cream or moisturizer?

Does it smooth fine lines and give you a glow while leaving your face hydrated and not oily all day long? If the answer is “no,” then it’s time to give the Forte Cream a shot.

The Forte Cream is a potent and refreshing, anti-aging serum-infused gel cream that helps restore collagen levels and skin turnover, allowing for maximum lift while minimizing the appearance of stubborn wrinkles and dark spots.

Users with mature skin who are prone to acne love how the balanced Forte Cream does not cause breakouts and even helps reduce oiliness by maintaining optimal hydration. 

Makeup lovers, rejoice! The Forte Cream eliminates the need for a makeup primer by helping smooth and diminish the look of pores, giving your skin a dewy glow, and allowing makeup to look fresh for longer.

The Forte Cream combats crow’s feet, dark circles, and loss of elasticity around the eyes. Our concentrated, medical-grade formula helps provide 24 hours of hydration with anti-aging benefits for visibly younger skin.

With medical-grade ingredients that work quickly, the Forte Cream erases the need for an eye cream or face oil, meaning less time and money spent getting the results you deserve.

30mL / 1 fl. oz

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1 Nermin M. Yussif (December 5th 2018). Vitamin C, Vitamin C - an Update on Current Uses and Functions, Jean Guy LeBlanc, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.81783. Available from: https://www.intechopen.com/books/vitamin-c-an-update-on-current-uses-and-functions/vitamin-c

2 Qiu, J., Chen, M., Liu, J., Huang, X., Chen, J., Zhou, L., ... & Jeulin, S. (2016). The skin‐depigmenting potential of Paeonia lactiflora root extract and paeoniflorin: in vitro evaluation using reconstructed pigmented human epidermis. International journal of cosmetic science, 38(5), 444-451.

3 Gorouhi F, Maibach HI. Role of topical peptides in preventing or treating aged skin. International Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2009;31(5):327-345. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2494.2009.00490.x

4 Maeda, K., & Fukuda, M. (1996). Arbutin: mechanism of its depigmenting action in human melanocyte culture. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 276(2), 765-769.