Winter is just around the corner, and while the days are hot, we’ve already had a few light rains. Just as we need to prepare the yard, cover firewood, take down hammocks, and remove outdoor pillows for storage, so we need to prepare our skin for the season ahead. Soon I’ll be sharing with you my recommendations for an effective fall skincare routine. However, beforehand I’d like to respond to a question that keeps coming up, the answer to which is relevant year-round.
We all hear about one ingredient or another as the one most important for the youthful nature of our skin. Different ingredients come into the forefront, grow in popularity and are then replaced by the next best thing. Sometimes it’s Fruit Stem Cell cultures, other times it’s a particular Superfood, Resveratrol or one oil vs. another, Argan, Marula, Prickly Pear or Pomegranate Seed Oil.
Some of these ingredients stand the test of time and one of those is Vitamin C. As it relates to Skincare benefits, it’s often discussed and recommended.
Using a powerful topical anti-oxidant is the most important ingredient for the long term health of our skin. Vitamin C is rightfully considered the king of anti-oxidants by the beauty industry, and has proven to stimulate Collagen and to brighten and smooth skin. As an anti-oxidant however, it can be beaten, both in terms of stability and efficacy.
There is a new generation of anti-oxidants that are more effective in protecting against free-radical damage. One of those is a Red Algae also known as Astaxanthin. It’s one of the most potent antioxidants around. Unlike other anti-oxidants, including Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene, Astaxanthin is very stable, does not break down into Vitamin A, so is ideal for topical skincare. It’s 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than Green Tea Catechins, and 75 times stronger than Alpha Lipoic Acid.
So when I’m asked if our See Me C Repair Serum is the best source of Vitamin C among our serums, the answer is, not quite. We have several Serums formulated with ingredients rich in Vitamin C, and with strong Anti-oxidant properties. They’re each formulated with a different set of ingredients to achieve similar benefits and perhaps different results.
For example if we compare See Me C Repair Serum and our Seaweed and Me Youth Serum we’ll find a different set of ingredients resulting in varying concentrations of nutrients and slightly different action.
n our Seaweed Serum, a very high concentration of Astaxanthin Red Algae is infused in Argan oil which is one of the best sources of Vitamin C in terms of oils. With both ingredients in the same Serum it’s a high potency Vitamin C Serum, but it’s even more important as an overall antioxidant serum overtaking Vitamin C in terms of efficacy against free radical damage.
Marula Oil – a far more powerful antioxidant replaces Argan Oil in See Me C Repair Serum, alongside Pomegranate Oil- both rich antioxidant oils, effective at fighting free radical damage. The latter Oil is also rich in Vitamin C while also considered the richest source of Punicic acid, whose antioxidant strength is comparable to that of green tea Catechins.