Alright people, I am super stoked to tell you all about this! This is the epitome of how simple things become when you make the switch to clean. Vitamin C in powder form, or ascorbic acid, is a simple anti-aging treatment. All you need is powdered vitamin C, water, and a small spray bottle. Then you can trash you other anti-aging treatments because you will see such a difference when you use this the others will be obsolete.
Here’s the roundup of what it offers (links to published medical research articles supporting these claims below)
- Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and tactile roughness and increases skins tone
- Heals sunburns and protects against future ones
- Promotes collagen synthesis
- Lightens dark spots
- Increases skins hydration
The How To
- Take your vitamin c (like this gmo-free one), use a little scoop (mines a 1/32 tsp) and place a few scoops of the stuff in your sprayer jar.
- Then add a small amount of water, I use filtered.
- Swirl, shake, or what have you, so it mixes together.
- Then spray on a clean face.
Depending on the strength of your solution you may feel a slight tingling/stinging. Don’t touch your face, the tingling will go away in a few minutes. Frankly I have gotten quite fond of the feeling...I know a little weird but hey there are worse things to be fond of. I spray my face twice or sometimes three times a day, more even if I am out at the pool/beach.
Which brings me to a side note...you have to bring this stuff with you when you’re sunbathing! Vitamin C can be applied before, during, and after sun exposure. This shows that in both human and animal studies vitamin C application just prior to sun exposure reduced sunburn cells by 40% and UVB damage by 52%.
So, spray it on often, it’s super refreshing, hydrating, and your protecting your skin from the UVB rays at the same time. You could even put it in one of those continuous misters and be doused in it nonstop. Now that would be luxe...or maybe just a bit overboard.
Now for me I don’t have the mixture ratios down to an exact science. Most of the studies I’ve read are done with a 10%-15% solution, so aim for that...if you wanna be technical. However, the mixtures I make are probably higher than 5%...but really I don’t care for math enough to calculate it out. I do know that my spray bottle is 8ml and I put anywhere from 2-4 heaping scoops of 1/32 tsp in. Basically I put enough to give my skin a slight sting...that’s my science.
One more thing to be aware of is how long it takes to see results. In most of the studies results are seen with daily use in 3-4 weeks. This also agrees with what I have experienced with myself.
The Fine Print
But I already have vitamin C in my daily moisturizer you say? That’s not good enough...actually you are most likely doing some micro damage to your skin if the vitamin C you are using is in any premixed state. You see, vitamin C is very unstable and oxidizes when exposed to light, air, or heat. Once it has oxidized it is no longer an antioxidant, meaning it is no longer providing us with any of the good things I mentioned above.
Plus it is now producing free radicals instead of neutralizing them...double bad. So, please don't buy creams, serums, etc. with vitamin c in them. The only way to use it is making fresh batches on a regular basis.
So here’s the skinny...you know it has turned bad when it goes from clear (good) to yellow (bad) and then brown (really bad). In fact quite a few vitamin C lotions on the market are colored yellow to disguise the vitamin C oxidizing 😱.
How long is it stable? When I mix my powder I notice within about 5 days the solution starting to change colors. So...now this is getting pretty scientific...just mix enough for 2-3 days. For me an 8 ml spray bottle is what I go through in that time...unless, I’m sunbathing then...well all bets are off. I also keep my bottle in the medicine cabinet at all times (where it's dark and cool) to prevent oxidation from light and heat.
More Fine Print
One last thing worth mentioning is the cost. I think this is the most affordable anti-aging treatment I have ever seen. As you can see from the links above, a fairly large jar of vitamin C is $10.99. That jar will last you f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Again here we are with some more math I don’t care to calculate, so just guessing, it’s probably less than 1¢ an application! That’s including the few bucks for your spray bottle and scoop. Compare that to your typical aniti-aging serum.
So there you have it, a two ingredient solution to those pesky wrinkles. It’s clean, easy to use, proven effective, safe, and affordable. What more could we ask for?
An Additional Goodie
Add vitamin E. While I haven’t tried this myself, I plan to in the near future. Vitamin E helps to increase with action of vitamin C by 4 times (source). They work together within the cell as vitamin C works on the water based potions of the cell and vitamin E on the fat based portions. Just make sure if you add vitamin E it is non-gmo as most vitamin E is derived from soy. Mountain Rose Herbs has a non-gmo 100% vitamin-E, get it here.
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- Farri, P.K., (2013) Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Practice. (pp. 96-97). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
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