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 Rejuvenation Serum features all 3 natural brightening ingredients and the overall formula is safe and gentle for sensitive skin types. Unlike most luxury serums that have a glycerin base, the Cell Forté Rejuvenation Serum is made with a base of reparative silk protein with 38 skin barrier replenishing amino acids and no parabens, mineral oil, or silicones.
Natural, Powerful Ingredients for Youthful-Looking Skin at Any Age
Works better than hyaluronic acid to deliver immediate hydration deep into the skin to help plump fine lines and wrinkles
Four natural extracts work in synergy to help gently brighten dark spots and restore radiance without harsh acids or exfoliants
Sourced from silk protein, sericin helps strengthen the skin barrier with 38 amino acids to seal in long-lasting hydration
Stimulates the skin’s natural renewal process and collagen growth to fight stubborn wrinkles, fade dark spots and acne scars
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
Love the texture of this moisturizer, it melts into my skin. Feels great and my dark spots look a bit lighter.
My only complaint is that the cream is expensive so I try to get it only when it is on sale.
I got the Forte set for my mother to try and she loves the way her skin looks younger and brighter.
My skin is not as dry anymore even without any skincare products on. Love how my skin feels healthier!
I love the idea of a serum infused cream and the forte cream has helped my skin look younger in weeks. No irritation
The serum feels great on my skin. I use it on my neck too and my neck wrinkles look smoother.
I apply a thin layer and it helps keep my skin from getting too oily by end of the day. This is perfect antiaging moisturizer for oily skin!
My facial lady noticed how my skin was looking better and asked what I had been doing differently. I really think it is because of the cell forte products I have been using. Love the smell of the products too.
My family and I moved over to Arizona from Washington and my skin freaked out. This cream feels soothing and my skin has never looked better. Great for dry climates even for makeup lovers.
Wow, no vitamin c but the serum helped evened out my skin tone and gives me a beautiful glow. So far no irritation or breakouts.
I really appreciate how this luxury brand keeps their products non-toxic and cruelty-free. So far my skin feels smoother and looks brighter overall.
I rarely have acne but since wearing masks daily I have breakouts around my chin area and my nose gets oily. Acne products are too drying on my skin but the forte serum has helped calm down the breakouts.
I got this cream to help with my acne scars and sun spots. So far they look a little lighter. I will try use the cream with the serum for better results.
I look forward to using the serum every morning and night. It feels great and hydrating.
This cream is great for oily-mature skin. If you have oily skin use a smaller amount and then use more around the eye area. So far no breakouts.
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.