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WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH VITAMIN C?

Where do we start?

The powerhouse ingredient is packed with skin benefiting, must-use advantages. Brightening, firming, pluming, softening discolouration, antioxidants, smoothing, evening skin tone and anti-inflammatories and the list goes on. Vitamin C is touted as a must use skin care ingredient for your face, but what about your body? That certainly needs the same love and care too. There are multiple forms of Vitamin C and the strongest and most effective concentrations are usually Vitamin C THD (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate), L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbic phosphate, ascorbic palmitate and retinyl ascorbate. We use Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate as our strongest concentration of Vitamin C along with a range of Vitamin boasting ingredients such as Kakadu plum, pineapple enzymes, acerola cherry, pomegranate seed oil, bilberry juice and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Grape Seed Extract. L-ascorbic acid is the most commonly used form of Vitamin C because of its strength and results. However, we use Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate because it is 50x more effective than L-Ascorbic Acid. It’s a newer, oil soluble ingredient, which means its ability to penetrate allows a gentler, yet more affective delivery of Vitamin C into the cells, penetrating both the epidermis (upper layer) and dermis (deepest layer). It’s one of our favoured clean clinicals. 

Let’s get to know some of the top benefits of Vitamin C used in our body care products.

Repairing

The number one reason we use Vitamin C in our Tronque products is for its ability to increase the production of collagen. Collagen is the building blocks for repairing damaged skin cells. The powerful ingredient triggers the skin cells to heal itself by accelerating the healing process, which is collagen and elastin production. Increase of collagen and elastin results in firmer and plumper skin, halting the aging process.

Uneven Skin Tone

Vitamin C is known to hinder the production of melanin in the skin, which results in dark spots and hyperpigmentation often leaving uneven and patchy skin. It’s ability to dissolve discolouration and even skin tone leaves a untextured and unmarked base after long term use.

Brightening & Smoothing

Vitamin C is all about giving your skin a lit-from-within glow. Turning dull, lifeless skin into a brightened blemish free base. Vitamin C is also a strong anti-inflammatory which helps to prevent UVA/UVB damage. By smoothing uneven texture, brightening skin and calming inflamed skin, your best skin is yet to come.

Antioxidant

Vitamin C protects against free radical damage as its full of hard-working antioxidants. Not only does it protect against future damage and prevent sun spots from forming, Vitamin C aids in the skin’s natural regeneration process. Protecting, preventing against UV damage, environmental toxins and pollution. By neutralising these free radicals, Vitamin C is so powerful it can defend against and rebuild.

How Vitamin C is stored is also of consideration, any clear bottles can compromise the quality and efficacy of the ingredient and product. When Vitamin C, such as L-ascorbic acid is exposed to air, it can oxidise quite quickly and breakdown very quickly.

We use predominately Vitamin C ingredients in our The Scar Concentrate for its farfetched ability to increase collagen production, which is what is needed most for damaged skin. If your scar is discoloured, has uneven texture with a slow cell turnover rate, boosting it with Vitamin C will produce some incredible results. Use every day, consistently for the best benefits.

Vitamin C THD (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) (1)

The type of Vitamin C you use is key. We use Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate because it easily penetrates the skin due to its fatty acid constituent. Its oil solubility delivers Vitamin C gently yet effectively into both the epidermis (upper layer) and dermis (deepest layer). It converts into L-Ascorbic Acid within the skin, allowing a recorded 50x stronger efficacy over other versions at the same percentage. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate suits even sensitive skin, and is extremely shelf stable – so there’s no need to use the product within three months, or worry that the Vitamin C is now inactive.

The type of Vitamin C you use is important. This is the newest available and deeply researched ingredient and version of Vitamin C. Its oil solubility allows a gentler, yet more affective delivery of Vitamin C into the cells, penetrating both the epidermis (upper layer) and dermis (deepest layer). Once the ingredient has penetrated the skin, it performs in similar ways to L-Ascorbic Acid, but better. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is also suitable for sensitive skin. Regular L-Ascorbic acid is known to aggravate and sting all skin types, however, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate does not and is suited to the most sensitive of skin. Furthermore, Vitamin C THD is extremely stable. Customers do not have to worry about oxidation of the product, as other Vitamin C’s have very short shelf lives around 3 months or worse, to buy a bottle and its active component is already dead.

Kakadu Plum (Terminalia Ferdinandiana) (1)

With origins in Kimberley, Western Australia, the small pale green stone centred Kakadu plum found in the Kakadu National Park is known for having the highest levels of Vitamin C from fruit in the world. Because the body does not produce its own Vitamin C, it has to rely on external sources. Known as the gubinge or billygoat plum, the Kakadu plum was used in Aboriginal traditional medicine to treat colds, flu symptoms, headaches, as an antiseptic or soothing cuts and bruises. The highly nutritious fruit produces more than 3000mg of Vitamin C per 100g of fruit, totalling more than 50x that of oranges. The powerful fruit contains 5x the number of antioxidants found in blueberries, which protect the skin from oxidative and environmental damage, while fighting free radicals.

Vitamin C is a superfood for the skin, becoming the building blocks for stimulating the production of new skin cells by encouraging collagen production. Kakadu plum also contains 6x the number of polyphenols found in blueberries, is rich in Vitamin E, folic acid, carotenoids, linoleic, gallic and oleic acid which are known for their superior decrease of pigmentation and sunspots on the skin. Vitamin C is known to hinder the production of melanin in the skin, the hyperpigmentation often left uneven and patchy in the skin. The high content of Vitamin C present in the fruit allows the skin to glow, by reducing the visible signs of aging. The protection from environmental damage and aggressors decreases the chance of dehydration by forming a protective barrier on the skin. Kakadu plum also contains anti-bacterial properties and there have been studies showing its ability to prevent cancer cell growth in vitro. Additionally, Kakadu plum feels smooth and supple on the skin, creating a radiant glow of the skin.

Pineapple Extract (Ananas Comosus) (1)

Pineapple includes a combination of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) packed full of bromelain. This particular enzyme is only found in pineapple fruit and contains a powerful proteolytic plant enzyme full of antioxidants, also contributing to the gentle exfoliation. This superficial natural acid exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores, blackheads and is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial while doing so. The fruit acid extract is strong enough to break down proteins of dead skin that have built up. Packed full of vitamins C and E, pineapple extract helps to brighten and even skin tone while fighting free radical damage. Pineapple extract is all about leaving the skin bright and glowing. The Vitamin C packed ingredient helps to fight free radical and environmental damage. Pigment and dark spots are evenly toned with regular use, while pineapple extract gently lightens skin - smoothing out discolouration. Pineapple extract helps to calm irritated skin while deeply exfoliating without irritation, a perfect ingredient for sensitive skin. Bromelain is also used for treating burns, because of its soothing properties.

Acerola Cherry (Malpighia Emarginata Fruit) (1)

The bright red cherry juice is packed full of Vitamin C and potent antioxidants. Acerola cherry originates from a small tree grown in very warm climates in the West Indies, Barbados, South and Central America and used for its health benefits since the 1940s. Containing one of the highest Vitamin C contents of any fruit, acerola is known to boost collagen production, the building blocks protein of the skin. Accelerated collagen production creates improved firmness and elasticity levels, creating a youthful appearance, while deeply hydrating the skin. Acerola has the ability to enhance capillary strength as its large bioflavonoid content fights damaging UV rays while its Vitamin C content strengthens the skin. Its large Vitamin C content assists in minimising uneven pigmentation and dark skin spots, encouraging an even, brightened skin tone. Another benefit of acerola is it acts as an astringent, which tackles blemishes and while promoting elasticity. Also high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B’s niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and folate, beta-carotene, polyphenols and polysaccharides all contributing to its high antioxidant content. These antioxidants protect against environmental damage such as cigarette smoke, allergens and pollutants. By neutralising the free radicals, acerola protects the skin from being damaged and weakened. One of the biggest benefits of acerola is its high Vitamin A content which benefits the healing of wounds, burns and scars speeding up the healing process. Vitamin A increases cell turnover while fighting inflammation, repairing damaged skin cells.

Bilberry (Lactic acid) (Vaccinium Myrtillus) (1)

Used for centuries for medicinal purposes and skin care benefits, the bilberry plant, native to Northern Europe contains a particular type of antioxidant called anthocyanins. This compound is known to reverse damage by free radical oxidation and pollution. The fruit is very similar to blueberries with very high levels of Vitamin C and quercetin that further assist the anti-aging process and reversing oxidation damage. The anti-inflammatory properties protect and strengthen skin against UVA light, environmental damage and irritated skin. Packed with Vitamins B, C, E and flavonoid anthocyanoside, which strengthens capillaries.

Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum) (1)

Cold pressed pomegranate seed oil is extremely high in antioxidants, Vitamin B, C and E and essential fatty acids punicic, linoleic, oleic and palmitic. At 78%, the extremely high level of punicic acid has been called a superfood CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, a type of omega 6 fatty acid. Pomegranate seed oil is wonderful for dry, red and inflamed skin, as it soothes and treats the lipid barriers, particularly suitable for sensitive skins. The Vitamin C packed oil fades dark spots and hyperpigmentation while fighting free radical damage such as wrinkles and crepey skin. Pomegranate seed oil powerfully boosts collagen production and ceramide creation encouraging strengthening and elasticity in the epidermis.

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Grape Seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera) (1)

Grown in world renown wine region Marlborough New Zealand, the sauvignon blanc and pinot noir grape seeds we use are sustainably grown, chemical, pesticide and contaminant free. The sustainably bioactive grapes are one of the highest sources of antioxidants and polyphenolics, acting to neutralise free radicals that are harmful to healthy cells. 

New Zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir grapes are a naturally active premium high potency fruit antioxidant propriety packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin E which protects the skin from oxidative damage, UV rays and everyday pollution. Both grape seeds offer five times more antioxidant activity than Vitamin C.

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc grapes contain nearly double the level of resveratrol antioxidants grown anywhere else in the world.

The antioxidant rich extracts of both sauvignon blanc and pinot noir grape seeds are bursting with natural anti-aging properties, helping to relax wrinkles and fine lines. These particular antioxidant and phenolic packed grapes protect against UV damage while defending against free radicals. Studies on proanthocyanin from grape seeds has proved to be beneficial in treating hyperpigmentation, melasma and skin brightening.

Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) (1)

Known in the Brahmi language as ‘greatest of the great’ – Gotu Kola has roots in traditional Chinese, Indonesian and Ayurveda medicine for healing wounds and wellbeing. Packed with Vitamins B, C, flavonoids, fatty acids, tannins and polyphenols, Gotu kola has a unique ability to penetrate deeply into the dermis, transporting strengthening and repairing nutrients to the cells. Gotu Kola contains terpenoids – chemical compounds that encourage collagen synthesis, speed up skin’s healing processes and support cell building, making skin tighter and firmer.

Uniquely, the plant improves blood circulation which increases antioxidant levels in newly formed tissues. This combination of deep penetration and circulation, can dramatically reduce scarring, stretch marks and varicose veins, while also helping to shrink the fat cells that bind together to create cellulite. The plant extract is also deeply hydrating, keeping water levels high in the epidermis and dermis, which protects the skin’s barrier.

The unique plant also includes ‘Triternene saponins’, part of the ‘Terpenoid’ chemical compounds, which assists in the construction of cells, making skin tighter and firmer. These chemical compounds help in strengthening cells, enhancing their resistance to sagging, crepey or aged skin. Gotu kola’s unique abilities don’t stop there. The plant also has a distinctive ability to improve blood circulation which helps increase the levels of antioxidants in newly formed tissues, the building blocks of collagen production.

Gotu kola is also known to repair varicose veins. Because of its ability to penetrate so deeply and its dynamic antioxidant and amino acid compounds called madecassosides. The plant extract is also deeply hydrating, keeping water levels high in the epidermis and dermis, protecting the skin’s barrier. 

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