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Ascorbic Acid: Know the Aesthetic Uses of Vitamin C

Ascorbic Acid: Know the Aesthetic Uses of Vitamin C

Ascorbic acid is the chemical name for vitamin C and is what it is called when it is used in the composition of cosmetic products. With its differentiated molecule to increase its chemical stability, it can be called ascorbic phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbyl glucoside.

Ascorbic acid, unlike hyaluronic acid, does not exist naturally in our skin. But its synthetic version, that is, produced in the laboratory, is used to prevent photoaging of the skin and stimulate the production of collagen.

Ascorbic acid

Ascorbic acid has antioxidant action combating free radicals preventing and slowing aging. Another function of it is to stimulate the production of collagen of the skin, reducing sagging. In addition, it acts on melanocytes, cells that store melanin, smoothing the color of the skin.

Ascorbic acid protects the skin in its deepest layers. Its effects of photoprotection include decreased erythema (redness), decrease changes at the cellular and DNA levels, also reduces the appearance of blemishes, decreases skin cancer and aging.

This is why ascorbic acid is used to prevent damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation and is applied in many post-sun cosmetic products. It is also used in anti-aging treatments, to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, in the treatment of melasma, white streaks and postoperative erythema treated with laser.

How to use ascorbic acid

For aesthetic use ascorbic acid can be used both in creams and as consumed as effervescent tablets, tablets, hard capsules, juices, fortified foods.

In the case of creams with ascorbic acid, the concentration of the substance varies. There are scientific studies reporting the concentration of 3 to 5% of vitamin in the product, but other studies already show a higher concentration the results are more effective on collagen and melanocytes. In the market, products with concentrations varying from 5% to 20% of vitamin C.

Scientific studies show that the result of the use of vitamin C in the skin depends on the characteristics of its formulation. Although the market has a broad alternative range, there are few companies that offer studies with characteristics ranging from pH, which should be below 3.5 to penetrate the skin and the maximum concentration to permeate the skin should be 20%. The frequency of application varies: there are products that can be applied twice a day in the morning and at night, others in which ascorbic acid has gone through a specific process and has gradual release, so recommends once daily use. It is always important to see the recommendation for use of the product or the indication of the dermatologist.

Care before using ascorbic acid

When ascorbic acid is used in serums, care is the same for the use of any product for

Care after ascorbic acid

No specific care is required after the use of ascorbic acid.


The use of ascorbic acid is

Pregnant women are not contraindicated in the use of ascorbic acid creams, and may even use them as a medical advice to treat melasmas of the pregnancy. Possible risks

Topical administration of ascorbic acid does not present health risks, but it is important to note that the association with other products can cause allergies in patients and other adverse reactions sas.

Before and after ascorbic acid

Topical use of ascorbic acid will result in a more lighted, hydrated, luscious, firm skin with uniform coloration. In addition, it combats the radicals that accelerate aging of the skin, thus slowing down aging.

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Daily sun protection Ascorbic acid helps fight the effects of ultraviolet rays on the skin and having a proper sun protection also helps to minimize the effects of these rays. It is indicated that all people use a daily sunscreen with FSP of at least 30 and reapply throughout the day.

Studies show that the use of SPF against UvA and UvB rays, acts in 55% in the fight against free radicals and when used with antioxidant as vit.C its action is much more comprehensive.

Balanced nutrition

The food also influences on the health of the skin, and on its appearance. Prevent unsaturated fats from foods such as olive oil and fish, and avoid saturated fats such as those found in sweets and fried foods.

Quitting smoking Cigarette smoking is associated with aging as it releases a number of harmful substances that increase the formation of free radicals

Sources Reviewed by dermatologist Daniela Landim (CRM: 106025), postgraduate in aesthetic medicine

Pharmaceuticals Priscila Miagui, cosmetologist at Idealfarma

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