True anti-aging products work by delivering actives to the deeper layers of the skin, and not simply moisturizing it. Lets take a look at the top actives available, but first, lets look at the science behind the skin’s absorption of nutrients.
Of all the many Vitamins, only Vitamin A and Vitamin C can penetrate the skin’s upper layers, and reach the deeper cells which produce collagen, which is what keeps skin firm and youthful. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/).
1) Once the Vitamin C is absorbed into the skin cells, the production of collagen, increases up to 8 times. This has been proven by the medical community of dermatologists.
That is why it is important to ensure that the Vitamin C you apply, has not been obtained through heat. And this is the reason that cold pressed fruit oils, are the best source of unheated Vitamin C.
4) Furthermore, when ingesting Vitamin C supplements, the far more expensive, oil-soluble Vitamin C, is much better absorbed than water-soluble Vitamin C, as the cells’ transport system absorbs lipids far better than water-based vitamins. This is also the case when applied topically.
5) Linus Pauling, who received a Nobel Peace Prize for proving that mega-doses of Vitamin C could cure the common cold, owns the Linus Pauling institute, which is devoted to researching every aspect of the remarkable Vitamin C. His Institute states: “15% Vitamin C plus 1% Vitamin E can increase the efficacy of Vitamin C eight-fold.” (http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C.)
How Do I know Which Serums to Trust?
Serums claiming to ‘contain Vitamin C’ should be well researched, before placing all your trust in them.
The Vitamin C should have been obtained through cold pressed methods. It should be the oil-soluble kind of Vitamin C, And it should contain large amounts of Vitamin C, with mg clearly stated.
I know of no serums that fulfill all of these criteria. That is why I recommend using 100% natural, cold pressed plant oils, whose true Vitamin C content is freely available from many reputable websites.
Additionally, cold pressed plant oils contain full spectrum Vitamin E and A, which are required to boost the activity of Vitamin C.
Sadly, many expensive serums contain the cheapest, least effective form of Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, which are largely man-made in a laboratory. That is why using a plant oil, will always be superior, because its the natural Vitamin C will be vastly more effective.
Some Vitamin C serums have claims to contain these natural plant oils, like Sea Buckthorn Oil, which contains a Vitamin C content 12 times higher than oranges.
But that does not compare to:
2) And secondly, if the serum‘s ingredients do not state what percentage of Sea Buckthorn Oil it contains, you could be applying a ‘filler’ of 90% sunflower oil to your face!
So when it comes to being serious about serums, stick with those oils that are closest to those which our wonderful Creator designed. The oils are not greasy, and they sink in readily, just like a serum does.
I was honored to be featured in an article in thelist.com
“The Untold Truth of Natural products”, where I was quoted:
“Vitamin C, which is an ingredient in many serums, has been extensively studied. Janice Rosenthal who is the owner of Garden of Essences explained to me, “Once vitamin C is absorbed into the skin cells, the production of collagen increases up to eight times.” Additionally, Rosenthal shared that according to a government study, “Vitamin C also reduces melanin production, which in turn, reduces age spots and pigmentation.”
Vitamin C can be derived form natural sources such as fruits and vegetables, but it can also be made synthetically. Rosenthal revealed, “Many expensive serums contain the cheapest, least effective form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid, which are largely man-made in a laboratory. That is why using a plant oil will always be superior, because natural vitamin C will be vastly more effective.”
Rosenthal also told me that not all vitamin C is created equally. “Some vitamin C serums have claims to contain these natural plant oils, like sea buckthorn oil which contains a vitamin C content 12 times higher than oranges, but that does not compare to goji berry seed oil, which contains 500 times more vitamin C than found in oranges. And secondly, if the serum’s ingredients do not state what percentage of sea buckthorn oil it contains, you could be applying a filler of 90 percent sunflower oil to your face!”