Face creams with vitamin C contain any of the following: ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Vitamin C promotes healthy skin cells in a variety of ways.
Vitamin C is most effective for skin when it comprises between 0.3 and 10 percent of a cream. It is more effective when directly applied to the skin than when taken in pill form. Vitamin C protects skin cells from sun damage and enhances the protection of sun screen. It improves the effectiveness of spa treatments like peels and microdermabrasion. Vitamin C also helps with collagen production. Collagen maintains the elasticity of the skin and breaks down as skin ages.
Studies show that vitamin C can even help stimulate the body to make collagen and help preserve the collagen in skin by reducing collagen breakdown. Vitamin C plays a critical role in the formation of pro-collagen’s polypeptide chains, the pre-cursor to collagen. Skin creams with vitamin C are available from mainstream cosmetic companies. They are also available from natural, organic-product sources. Vitamin C creams can be made from simple home products such as vitamin C powder, water, vegetable glycerine and concentrated tea extracts.