Fun fact: Vitamin C works best with Sunscreen 🍋🌞 Vitamin C 101
Vitamin C is always a good choice for the Skin conditions of Collagen loss, Thin skin density (fragile), Diffused redness, Healing assist, Pigmentation, Skin aging and all forms of Environmental Defense, so let’s explore the different types used in cosmetic formulations.
Fact: Types of Vit C found in cosmetic formulations:
- L Ascorbic Acid
- Ascorbic Acid
- Ascorbyl Palmitate
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
- Ascorbyl di-palmitate
Fact: Strongest Action of each Vitamin C:
- Ascorbic Acid: Interacts with Vit E and other fat-soluble antioxidants, which are in the lipid rich areas of the cell. (Cell membrane) Together they bind to free radicals before they have a chance to damage the tissue.
- L Ascorbic Acid: is a lipid (oil) encased version of ascorbic acid. (Usually Vit E) Is a powerful free radical scavenger (anti-oxidant) especially when enhanced by bioflavonoids.
- Ascorbyl Palmitate: Tyrosinase inhibitor. By inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase, a direct effect is had on the formation of the pigment melanin. Therefore is an effective active within skin lightening formulations.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: Acts as a Collagen type 3 production booster. It appears to strengthen collagen strands, making them more resilient. This form of Vit C is more easily absorbed into the skin cell than ascorbic acid. This type of Vit C is converted by the metabolism into ascorbic acid plus the other important components such as magnesium and phosphorus. (Very important micro-nutrients).
Collagen loss: above image
- Fact: Recently a number of Vit C chelates with magnesium and other groups have been successfully synthesized. The Vit C chelates or derivatives are relatively stable in aqueous solutions so are suitable for cosmetic formulation. After topical application these chelates are readily absorbed by the skin and release Vit C promptly. Different from free Vit C, the chelates of Vit C are not acidic and are very safe to skin.
- Ascorbyl di-palmitate: The most effective form of Vit C available today. Because it is oil soluble, it is readily absorbed into the active layers of the skin, as a powerful antioxdant to protect the cell membranes and improve the skin’s resistance to the damaging effects of the sun. It has been formulated for the effective treatment of photoageing, pigmentation, problems and freckles and for the maintenance of a healthy skin.
Fact: Tests have shown that 5% is all that we can pack into a serum before it turns brown and crystallizes.
Fact: If you do buy a serum that does not change colour at all over the months, it probably has very little Vit C in it in the first place.
Fact: Despite claims of superior stabilization, all Vitamin C will lose strength after six months, (even if kept cool and away from direct sunlight).
Fact: Some companies surround these Cs with a calcium ion, rather like a protective fence, which further insures their life span.
Fact: Recommended Daily Dietary Allowances (RDA) FOR ADULTS IS 45 MG. (HIGHER DOSES RECOMMENDED DURING PREGNANCY AND LACTATION and persons on prescription medication for schizophrenia or mood disorders).
Fact: Vit C helps the absorption of iron.
Fact: Vit C is a water-soluble vitamin and we do not have large stores of Vit C in our body. We can not metabolize Vit C and are entirely dependent on dietary sources.
Fact: If Vit C is not in the daily diet, then within about six weeks we develop the signs of deficiency of Vit C, beginning with bruising, slowness to heal, bleeding gums and in its most serious form the skin condition called scurvy.
Fact: Vit C plays an essential part in the incorporation of the amino acid proline into collagen and is involved in the formation of elastin. Vit C is also necessary for the formation of cartilage, dentine in the teeth and bone, and it maintains the integrity of our capillaries, and prevents them from bruising.
Fact: Vit C converts inactivated Vit E back into an active antioxidant form of Vit E.
Fact: Vitamin C also protects Vit A against oxidation, improves the benefits of B12 and compensates for deficiencies of pantothenic acid, another B vitamin.
Fact: As we age, we show poor absorption and retention of many nutrients like Vit C and other water-soluble vitamins.
Fact: Ascorbic Acid is unsuitable for people with sensitive skins, because of its exfoliant activity. Use ascorbic acid on thicker skins.
Fact: Ascorbyl magnesium phosphate is more suitable for delicate skin with/and pigmentation problems.
Fact: Topical delivery of Vit C is much more efficient than massive doses or oral supplements. Experiments have proven that Vit C once absorbed into the skin, can not be rubbed, washed or perspired off for three days.
Fact: Vit C is destroyed by ULTRA VIOLET RADIATION. It is denatured in the skin by exposure to UVR and as with Vitamin A will probably develop a chronic deficiency of Vit C in all the areas of skin that are exposed to sunlight.
Fact: The Vit C concentration in sun exposed skin has been found to considerably lower than that in unexposed skin. Experiments also show that the skin gets considerably less damage if significant amounts of Vit C is applied topically before sun exposure. Hence Vitamin C and Sunscreen play well together.
What destroys Vitamin C?
- Smoking: Smokers and older persons have a greater need for Vit C. (each cigarette destroys 25 mg) 2 cigarettes will destroy the daily RDA of 45 mg).
- UVR: All forms of ultra violet radiation will destroy Vit C, but it is particularly susceptible to UVA (sunbeds)
- Stress: We use up more Vit C when under physical and emotional stress.
- Free radicals
- Some Medications
Any type of Vit C is better than no Vit C and it is our best weapon as an environmental defense weapon. Vitamin C is critical for skin health.
Skin conditions Vit C is best for:
- All forms of Environmental Defense
- Collagen loss
- Thin skin density (fragile)
- Diffused redness
- Skin aging
🎯Ingrown hairs—these two little words conjure🎯
In our quest for smooth, stubble-free skin, ingrown hairs are an annoyance at best and cause for concern at worst (trust me- you don't want to see what they look like when they get infected)🤐 The cause of ingrown hairs isn't complicated. Simply put, when your hair starts to grow, sometimes it curls inward and gets trapped back under the surface of your skin. This can happen because dead skin cells clog up your hair follicle (so always, always exfoliate), but ingrowns also exist just because of your hair's natural growth pattern—so, unfortunately, those with curly hair may suffer the most! ￼Aspirin-Honey Treatment This recipe is a double whammy. Not only does aspirin naturally contain salicylic acid, but honey also has antibacterial properties, which can help reduce the possibility of inflammation and infection. 🔎Ingredients: 3 uncoated aspirin tablets 1 tsp. honey 1/2 to 1 tsp. water or oil Directions: Add warm water or oil to a bowl Add honey Crush aspirin tablets Mix together Leave mask on for 10 minutes Wipe off entirely with warm water ￼Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Coconut oil, for example, is hydrating, keeps skin moisturized, and reduces inflammation.4 It's basically our winter skin savior. Mix it with raw sugar and you've got a winner. You can use this scrub daily until you see an improvement, and then you can switch to two to three times a week. Just be careful that the scrub isn't too abrasive. 🔎Ingredients: 1 cup of raw sugar 1/2 cup of coconut oil 10 drops of tea tree oil, or your preferred essential oil Directions: Combine sugar and coconut oil in a bowl Add in essential oil Mix together Apply and then rinse using warm water Dry with a clean towel ￼Baking Soda and Oatmeal Treatment I am huge fan of baking soda and how amazing this ingredient is! And rediciliously cheap. Baking soda, which is a great exfoliator, helps reduce and prevent ingrown hairs. Oatmeal has a soothing effect, reducing redness and irritation caused by exfoliation. 🔎Ingredients: 1 tbsp. baking soda 1 cup of water 1 tbsp. ground oatmeal Directions: Mix baking soda and oatmeal together Add water to the bowl Stir until it has a paste-like texture Using a cotton pad, scoop up the mixture Apply to the affected area and let sit for 10 minutes Rinse with warm water ￼Oil-Based Serum if you're particularly sensitive, it's best to avoid overly harsh scrubs. Abrasive scrubs like sugar and salt scrubs do exfoliate the skin but often at the expense of causing excess skin irritation 🔎Ingredients: 1 tbsp. castor oil 1 tbsp. hemp oil (optional) 10 drops tea tree oil Directions: Find a reusable glass bottle Combine castor oil and hemp oil Add tea tree oil to mix Apply combination after shaving to prevent irritation alba BOTANICA - Acne Dote, Face & Body Scrub Oil-Free CeraVe - SA Moisturizing Cream For Rough & Bumpy Skin GLYTONE - KP Kit Amlactin - Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion
THIS DERMATOLOGISTS FAVORITE NEW CLEANSER
Cleansers are an essential step in everyone’s skincare routine, but it can be difficult to find the right one for your skin. The new Aveeno Calm + Restore nourishing oat cleanser has been my new go-to daily cleanser and I love it. ❤️🙌 Aveeno has always been a brand to create formulations that target dry and sensitive skin and this cleanser is no different. This cleanser is great for people all skin types but would likely benefit dry or combination skin most. The incorporated oat complex helps restore build the skin’s moisture barrier and soothe itchy skin. There is no stripping effect with this cleanser, which is something too always look for with your cleanser. Other pros about this product are its fragrance free (limiting any irritant reactions) as well as great pricing. On amazon, you can find a bottle for under $10.‼️‼️ TRUTH: If you are trying to fight acne or blackheads I recommend against this cleanser and try finding something with salicylic acid. Have you tried the new Aveeno cleanser? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ⤵️
Exclusive Giveaway for My Cherie 🍒Community
Hey Beauty’s 🧖🏽♀️ I’ve been a busy bee 🐝 here in Australia 🇦🇺 and today I opened my online gift hamper store to Australia 🇦🇺 To celebrate I wanted to offer my entire Cherie 🍒 Community an exclusive chance to win one of my Bath & Beauty Gift Hampers (pictured) which includes: 🧚♀️ 2 x K Beauty Calosemi Strawberry Hydration Sheet Masks 🧚♀️ Tanya K Australian Art Series Bath Soak 🛁 500g 🧚♀️ Tanya K Australian Art Series Hand Creme 40g 🧚♀️ Sleep Eye Mask 🧚♀️ Bubbly Me Natural Organic Rose 🌹 Shea Butter 🧈 Bath bomb 🧚♀️ Australian Cockatoo Printed Hand Towel 1. To enter like my business page Gift Therapy on Facebook. @gifttherapyaus 2. Like this post ✅ 3. Follow me here on Cherie 🍒 and leave a comment on this post so I can enter your name in the draw ✍️ my followers please comment below too. 😉 Thank you to everyone who enters and good luck over the next two weeks! Thought I’d offer an Australian themed Giveaway with a K Beauty vibe to our community. Prize will be posted standard post to the Winner. 😁 Cheers 🥂 Jade 😁
Kylie x Grinch - Worth the Hype?
Review time!!! I just received the entire Kylie Cosmetics Grinch Collection in the mail this week & I want to break down each product and tell you what I loved and didn’t love. Palette: I’m not one that reaches for tons of colour usually but all the greens in this palette are gorgeous! There’s a mix of matte and shimmer shades, and as usual, the shadows blend like a dream! The good thing about this palette is that there are still some neutral shades rather than just greens. I definitely appreciate the mixture of shades. Shadow Sticks: The Kylie shadow sticks are probably one of my favourite products they have ever released. They are so extremely pigmented, and so easy to apply. They’re basically fool proof, and they set as a shadow. If you haven’t tried them out, I highly suggest you do! In this collection we have a super pretty light shimmery green, light gold, and two rosy toned shadow sticks. Shimmer Eye Glazes: This product is insane. They are a super intensely pigmented eyeshadow that leaves the lids looking wet & dripping in glitter! One swipe of these on the lid is literally all you need for that intense shimmer. If you’re someone who loves super shimmery eyeshadow, I recommend giving the Kylie Cosmetics Shimmer Eye Glazes a try. This collection came with 2 shades: a minty turquoise green and a gold - & I’m obsessed and so happy to be adding these to my collection!! Olive Kyliner: My go to liquid liner is the black Kyliner, so i wasn’t surprised when i loved the easy application and long wearing quality of this olive Kyliner! The liner applies a lighter olive green and dries down to a deeper olive shade. It’s definitely not something I’d reach for everyday, although it’s definitely cute for the holidays or even for a pop of colour to a neutral eye! Blush: I am a huge fan of the Kylie Cosmetics Blushes as opposed to the other blushes I’ve tried from the brand this one had some shimmer in it! It’s quite similar to the NARS “orgasm” blush but with a stronger pink hue. I love the shimmer in it, it adds a pretty glow to the cheeks, perfect for the holidays.. or any day really :P Highlight: Def on theme, but probably my least favourite product in of the collection :( Don’t get me wrong, it’s super blinding and glowy. Although, once I applied to my face it showed off as very green. Personally I don’t want a green glow on my face! But hey, if that’s your vibe that’s cool! Definitely not a highlight I’d reach for everyday. Lip Kit: Obsessed. This red is EVERYTHING! This Lip Kit is one of the best reds I have ever tried. It has a matte finish and is extremely long wearing. I know it’s sold out but a similar shade would be “BOSS” by Kylie. Lipsticks: These shades are gorg for the holidays and I love the shade range! Long wearing & comfortable on the lips. High Glosses: Kylies high glosses are high shine, but very sticky! So if you’re not a fan of sticky glosses you won’t love these. These shades are perf for the holidays and everyday!
Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
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