A majority of skin aging is from its environment making self-maintenance key to achieving and maintaining a youthful glow. Much like your diet, only you know what you eat; hence only you know your skin's environment. Depending on exposure, some may need to refuel their skin's C levels more often than others.
My skin is ultra-sensitive due to rosacea, some of my known triggers are, temperature changes, surfactants, animal protein, and starchy carbs. Due to my sensitivities I never used soaps, sunblocks, or skincare products on my face to avoid flare-ups. At 46, the years of unprotected UV exposure, 20 years of smoking along with thinning skin due to menopause aging effects were evident and wanted to help restore my skin and prevent further damage.
Market formulas contained surfactants so I decided to take a deep dive into 5 years of research and experiments. I started with Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid for its proven antioxidant benefits and I quickly became intrigued by its long history of formulating challenges that made me question why is it on the market? And, what about all the other actives that do not visibly demonstrate formulating challenges?
It is well-known vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid in a water-based formula will eventually oxidize and it has been visibly demonstrating this on a mass-market level for decades with expensive formulas perceived as well-formulated oxidizing (amber to rust color) sometimes before first use, leaving consumers questioning if it safe to use or only applying it every 3-4 days due to its multi-day activity when optimum human skin concentrations are still unknown; source.
L-ascorbic acid in a water-based solution is actually one of the most well-studied clinically proven methods for application and deserves its place in the market, however, it will eventually oxidize and the goal is to use it before it does.
After brainstorming the solution was clear to me, vitamin C will react when triggered (just like my rosacea). My goal was to reduce all known triggers and set my focus on working with its natural function.
Apart from shelf-life oxidation, another common challenge is delivering it through the skin's protective lipid barrier or risk it oxidizing on the surface of the skin. My method enables penetration without any surface residue.
Once L-ascorbic acid passes the protective lipid barrier it fuels and supplements the skin with a reservoir of antioxidant protection that helps repair and prevent environmental damage making skin appear brighter and firmer while maintaining its youthfulness until it's depleted by environmental factors making self-maintenance key.
Now 52, after 6 years of use and experiments, I found by simply feeding my skin vitamins with a cocktail of nutrient-rich plant-based herbs helped reset my skin's natural ability to restore itself to a more polished, youthful-balanced state while delaying the need for surgery, botox, fillers, retinols, and lasers without triggering my rosacea or formulating with inferior additives. Had I known about properly maintaining my skin's C levels in my 20's I believe my skin would have been able to withstand my lifestyle choices and maintain its youthfulness longer.
There are debates on whether or not using an oxidized L-ascorbic acid (Dehydroascorbic acid) on the skin is safe or not. I will not remark on such debates. My mission is to empower you by providing you with quick-links to the resources that specialize in providing the public with research information so you can decide; study.
When it comes to your skin's health I encourage you to dive deeper.