We now have an FAQ list that we hope will help you answer some of the more common ones.
What to expect in an anti-aging cream?
Aging is an inevitable and irreversible process. Prevention is the easiest and most cost-effective approach. Most of the patients come asking whether they should start the regime or wait for some time. I suggest the earlier you start, the better it is. While buying your anti-aging cream, please look for the following components, and I shall try to elucidate their benefits as well.
1. Can it be used as a bleaching agent?
It does help in the decrease of melanin (responsible for pigmentation) production and can be used in which is a combination with other skin lightening agents.
2. Does it help in preventing aging also?
Apart from sun protection it also helps in collagen production hence helping with wrinkling and other signs of aging.
Isn’t a sunscreen alone effective in preventing U V Damage?
Sunscreens block only 55% of the free radicals but do not help in their neutralization. Hence a combination of topical Vitamin C along with sunscreen will provide more effective photoprotection.
What is the role of Vitamin C?
When the skin is exposed to UV light leading to the formation of reactive oxygen species(ROS), Vitamin C scavenges the free radicals preventing cell injury. (The oxidized form left behind can be converted to Vit C by enzymes in the presence of glutathione).
Are there any types of Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is found as Ascorbic acid and D- ascorbic acid. The former is the active form which is useful as an antioxidant.
The market is flooded with so many serums and gels claiming to be pure Vitamin C. Why do we need topical and not oral alone?
Humans lack the enzyme required for synthesizing Vitamin C on its own and hence need to acquire from natural sources.
Which is the best formulation of topical Vitamin C?
It is available as a variety of creams, serums, and patches. The serum is the only colourless form of Vit C which gets oxidized to Dehydroascorbic acid giving it a yellow colour. It is stable at a pH of 3.5 and gets transported to the skin. It is bioavailable in the surface only up to four days and hence needs to be applied regularly. It is more stable if combined with Ferulic acid. The absorption increases after laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion.
What are the other benefits of Vitamin C?
It is of special use in people who smoke to reverse aging and can be applied in stretch marks along with other treatments.
Are the serums containing Vitamin C and E better than single ones?
Vitamin c stabilizes and regenerates vitamin E and has added the benefit of moisturizing properties. I would recommend the combination, especially in dry skin. I would be writing about more of these commonly found products on the shelf in the coming days for enhancing understanding of the real anti-aging creams which are useful.
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