When you take a trip to a cosmetic counter or your local drugstore, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of anti-aging creams and serums you have to choose from. Each of these products has one thing in common – you apply them to your skin. Unfortunately, some of those expensive creams you so earnestly rub on your face never make it into the deeper layers of your skin where they could offer benefits.
Your skin is composed of two layers: a thin, outer layer called the epidermis(the outer layer) and a deeper layer just below called the dermis. With regard to skin firming, the dermis is where the action is. Within the dermis lie cells called fibroblasts that produce collagen as well as cells that produce elastin, a protein that gives your skin resiliency and the ability to “bounce back.” These two components are essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin. The main reason skin becomes lax and wrinkly is because collagen and elastin break down due to sun exposure and time, and your skin cells become less capable of replacing damaged elastin and collagen.
So what does this have to do with those ultra-expensive, anti-aging creams? If the active ingredients in a skin cream don’t reach the dermis, it can’t address the problem of collagen and elastin breakdown.
Another benefit of vitamin C, when it can successfully reach the dermis, is its skin lightening properties, the ability to lighten areas of dark skin pigmentation. If you have dark patches on your face, you know how frustrating those pigmented areas can be. One study found that a stable preparation of vitamin C, something that’s hard to find in a topical product, lightened pigmented areas in 19 out of 34 patients. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.
So, how do you get vitamin C to your dermis where it can have the benefits that research shows it can have? Liposomal Vitamin C is a form of vitamin C you take orally. Unlike standard vitamin C preparations you take by mouth that are partially destroyed by the acid environment of your stomach, liposomal vitamin C is protected by an outer layer of lipid that protects it from breakdown. Once you take it, vitamin C enters your bloodstream and travels to all cells in your body, including those that produce collagen in the dermal layer of your skin. Too often people choose to use a face cream for skin tightening and skin lightening, but wouldn’t it be better to approach the problem from inside out? Liposomal vitamin C is a form your entire body, including your skin, can benefit from.
J. Am Acad. Dermatol. 34: 29. 1996. Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice. Leslie Baumann, M.D. Photo courtesy of dermera.com