No ingredient deserves to have its own VIP spot any more than Vitamin C does. While we may be familiar with its benefits as part of our daily diet, this antioxidant powerhouse is a staple in skin regimes owing to its widespread abilities to regenerate the skin. The same way Vitamin C boosts your health when orally consumed, it has the ability to do wonders to your skin upon topical application as well. It boasts of some major benefits and unlike other buzzworthy ingredients, Vitamin C is effective and safe to use on all skin types.
Is Vitamin C really that effective and worth the hype? Let us prove it!
Vitamin C is a multi-talented active that is used in cleansers, moisturisers, serums, face masks and almost every skincare product! But why do dermatologists around the world swear by it?
In order to prove its benefits and efficacy, namely its antioxidant power and ability to protect the skin against oxidation and free radicals, we conducted a simple test using an apple and one of our Vitamin C heroes - MartiDerm Photo-Age Ampoules with 15% Vitamin C. In order to demonstrate its benefits, the apple was used as the subject, as it turns brown over time after it has been cut and exposed to oxygen in the air.
However, when a potent, power-packed Vitamin C Serum comes into the picture and is applied to the apple, the results change completely!
Conducting the Apple Test
We started by cutting the apple into half and placed the two halves side by side in a tray. One half of the apple (left) was left as it is. On the other half of the apple (right), we evenly applied a few drops of MartiDerm Photo-Age Ampoules with 15% Vitamin C all over it.
Over the next few minutes, we observed a change in the colour and state of the left half of the apple. Upon contact with oxygen in the air, it had turned dark and almost brown in colour. This was noticed within a mere 20-minute window. Whereas, on the other hand, the right half remained fresh and clear. The two halves of the apple were left outside for over 2 hours, and the right half still remained bright and radiant, with no signs of decay.
Understanding the results
When the apple is cut and exposed to oxygen, free radicals are released that cause the apple to turn brown. But why does this happen? When oxygen is introduced into the apple's tissue, the enzymes present in it oxidise the phenolic compounds that are naturally present. This causes brown spots called melanin to form on its surface. Over time, as the exposure to oxygen increases, so does the rate of decay.
This is where Vitamin C comes to the rescue! Vitamin C has a reduced rate of oxidation, as it is an antioxidant that reacts with highly reactive oxygen-centred radicals to make them less reactive. This reduces the oxidative damage to the flesh of the apple and keeps it fresh and radiant.
The same way, when we apply a potent serum such as the MartiDerm Photo-Age Ampoules on our skin, not only will it remain bright and even-toned for a long period of time, but also protect the skin from free radicals, sun damage, discolouration. It will ensure our skin remains radiant and supple.
Why do we love Vitamin C? What are the other benefits of Vitamin C?
Vitamin C boasts of several benefits and is definitely a multi-talented gamechanger in a skincare regime. Its benefits include:
- Brightens the skin from within
- Evens out your skin tone
- Lifts and firms the skin while restoring its texture
- Boosts collagen production
- Protects against UV rays and fights sun damage
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Diminishes pigmentation and dark spots
Understanding MartiDerm Photo-Age Ampoules with 15% Vitamin C:
MartiDerm Photo Age ampoules are power-packed with Vitamin C, with a highly potent and pure concentration of 10% L-Ascorbic Acid and 5% Ascorbyl Glucoside. They have a light texture that moisturises and illuminates the skin, to make it firmer and more elastic. They fight any signs of ageing and boost collagen production while improving epidermal structure and suppleness.
A study was conducted by MartiDerm, where women between 52 and 70 were given Photo-Age ampoules to use, and the results concluded that 75% women felt that their skin looked younger, and 94% women felt that their skin was better moisturised. However, all 100% concluded that it had an antioxidant effect against urban pollutants.
So as we saw, a simple test using an apple helped us understand how Vitamin C has the ability to shake up our skin routine for good, and why it truly is the go-to ingredient for any skin concern. So listen up, and give your skin its much-needed dose of Vitamin C today!
P.S. If any of you try this experiment at home, please tag us at @sublimelifeofficial on our Instagram and Facebook pages. We would love to see your photos and videos, and share them with the community!
- By Krisha Jhaveri