When researchers search for ways to improve human health, they typically examine our diets. Antioxidants have become popular dietary ingredients for fighting free radicals that affect our skin and general health. Oranges, blueberries, and even exotic fruits like acai berries are enjoyed in smoothies and snacks that promote healthy living.  

Vitamin C is just one of many antioxidants and L-ascorbic acid is the most popular form of this vitamin. Some scientists have called it the secret ingredient for achieving flawless skin. What is so great about this substance? it is believed to complement production of new collagen and has effective in reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and other symptoms of photoaging on skin. Photoaging results from chronic exposure to UVA and UVB rays of the sun.  

Ascorbic acid was first used to treat scurvy, a disease resulting from Vitamin C deficiency, in the 1700s. The word “ascorbic” means “against scurvy.” People ingested the substance as a scurvy preventative or treatment. As research on ascorbic acid continued, scientists discovered that the substance could have benefits from a cosmetic perspective. The most benefit was derived when it was in L-ascorbic form.  

L-ascorbic acid can be difficult to stabilize but researchers found a way to do it and began including this substance in cosmeceutical products. Many people have made these part of their anti aging facial skin care routines. L-ascorbic acid is not the only antioxidant that makes a powerful skin care ingredient. Extracts from certain flowers and leaves also prevent damage caused by free radicals. Fruit extracts used to make our Facial Masks reverse visible signs of aging and protect skin.  

Rose hip fruit oil is a rich antioxidant used to make the best moisture creams. It combats free radicals and encourages the regeneration of cells, resulting in skin that is fresh and healthy. Pomegranate extract strengthens and protects skin cells and encourages cell reproduction.  

Whether skin has spent too much time in the sun or age is beginning to take its toll, L-ascorbic acid and other antioxidants can improve its health and appearance. The best anti-aging skin products and many facial skin care treatments designed for people of all ages feature these ingredients. Look for them on ingredient labels and use as directed to make skin look and feel the best it has in years.      

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