Wednesday, September 19, 2007

DIY Topical Vitamin-C for smooth skin

Why use topical vitamin-C?

1. It improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles
2. Accelerates wound healing in the case of acne scars
3. Improves the generation of skin collagen making your the skin firm
4. In some ways it may reduce the population of acne causing bacterias by making the skin more acidic.

Why make your own topical vitamin-C?

Most products in the market containing L-Ascorbic acid have very low potency and are to say the least very unstable and already degraded when it arrives at your home.

L-Ascorbic acid is very very unstable in such a way that it is inactivated by light, heat and oxygen. When L-Ascorbic acid is degraded, it is converted into dehydroascorbic acid which does not possess the properties of ascorbic acid.

An indication of a degenerated vitamin-C is its color. Pure L-Ascorbic acid dissolved in water should have a water-clear color. As the pure L-ascorbic acid is degraded by heat,light and oxygen, it turns into a yellowish color and then finally to brown.

Manufacturers of topical L-ascorbic acid mask their unstable product by coloring their topical ascorbic acid solution with a yellow food color. In this case, the user would never know if they are using a fresh l-ascorbic acid solution (water-clear solution ) or a degraded ascorbic acid solution (yellow to brown color).

Take note that the effective dose of a topical ascorbic acid solution should be 10% by weight and also it should have an acidic pH. When we mean by acidic is that they are supposed to sting your skin a little bit. A topical ascorbic acid solution that does not sting the skin only means that it does not have an enough acidic pH that it cannot penetrate the skin. If the ascorbic acid cannot penetrate the skin layers then it is a useless product. In my honest opinion the most effective topical ascorbic acid solution is a homemade one. First, you know the exact dosage of vitamin-C in it and second you are guaranteed to have fresh batches. The only disadvantage is of course you have to prepare it daily or once every two days because ascorbic acid in a solution is very very unstable that it degrades in a few days.

How do i make a topical ascorbic acid solution?

Easy, to make a 10% L-ascorbic acid solution. Get a 50mL distilled water and add 10 tablets of 500mg Ascorbic acid of any brand. If you can get ascorbic acid capsules without fillers, that would be more preferrable since it does not have starch as a binder.

Use cotton balls to spread the solution into your face. Guaranteed to make your skin glow in one week.!!!! Seriously, i have tried this one and it WORKED!!, you just have to get used to the stinging feel of ascorbic acid though.


afdskgasgjk said...

Hi! is there an easy way to make the solution last longer?

James Franklin said...

Excellent efforts to emphasize these points,Thanks for sharing....
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yetela said...

nice blog! Tnx for the tips

Paul said...

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