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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Vitamin C for fairer skin?

Lemon lemon on the tree, who's the fairest of them all? Fair skin has long been considered beautiful by many. Can vitamin C lightens the skin?

Vitamin C inhibits tyrosinase enzymes to reduce conversion of tyrosine into melanin which is responsible for skin pigmentation. Vitamin C also boosts the level of glutathione and vitamin E in the blood besides being an antioxidant itself.

However it is difficult to obtain very high dose vitamin C from food alone. And even if you supplements, our body cannot retain the extra vitamin C level beyond a certain point and you will start urinating it out. The amount of vitamin C that can ever reach the skin is likely quite minimal.

The solution? Use topical vitamin C! And when you use topical vitamin C, choosing the right concentration (around 15-20%), the right stable form and the right packaging (easily oxidised away) matter!
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