Choosing the right form of Vitamin C for visible results


Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants for overall health and skin. I have personally experienced its visible benefits in skin care products. 

In my mind - wherever you come from, whatever age you are, whatever season it is and whatever skin challenge you have; a skin care product rich in good quality Vitamin C shows great results. For skin, Vitamin C provides improvements in brightness and smoothness - on top of the antioxidative aspect.

Supplementing your body with Vitamin C is essential as your body does not produce it naturally. There are now a lot of research that shows how fundamental Vitamin C is to our overall health.

Vitamin C has also been proven to help shield skin from free radicals that come with sun exposure.*

In skincare, ascorbic acid is the form of Vitamin C that really works, but it is unstable. It means that it oxidizes quickly and easily. Once oxidized it does not do anything anymore – it becomes inactive. 

Some skin care companies sell products where Vitamin C is no longer active. Many products will see their Vitamin C oxidized after 2 weeks of opening. It means that many people are using products that have lost their potency.

Some skin care companies choose Vitamin C derivatives, which are more stable but less effective. The theory wants that these derivatives become active forms of Vitamin C when in contact to skin. 

The derivatives have a compound added (like phosphate or palmitate) to help to prevent the oxidation and therefore degradation of vitamin C. This makes Vitamin C less sensitive to light and air, and it can be included in water based formulas (like serums) or oil based formulas (like moisturizers).

The problem is that no research shows that they really work*. I have also tried many products with Vitamin C derivatives, and I have to say that they do not seem to work as well as the ones that contain the “true” form of Vitamin C: ascorbic acid.

Many skin care companies use preservatives in their Vitamin C products. Whether the preservatives are synthetic (e.g. phenoxyethanol, a form of paraben) or natural (e.g. Phenethyl Alcohol, an alcohol with little research on its safety), they are usually not good to your skin and health.

The Tingly Powder Serum has a maximum amount of pure ascorbic acid. If you have used products with Vitamin C before, you will see that it is most likely to be the one that has the most visible and immediate results.

Now if you shop Vitamin C skincare products, here is a list of the most popular Vitamin C derivatives that you want to stay away from. Trust me, they are not worth your money:

  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP)
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • ascorbyl palmitate
  • ascorbyl glucosamine
  • ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate

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Lovely stuff here

I'm about 3 weeks in to this brand and the experience is altogether awesome. My skin is brighter, glowy and overall pigmentation is more balanced. I use the cleanser, serum and oil morning and night, and I use the scrub 3x a week before bed. In the last week I see positive changes every day. Highly recommend.
This is a great, compact and cool routine. I'm going to reorder when this batch runs down but it's not even half gone yet. Lasts a long time. Really enjoying the product.
Pro Tip: When you are reconstituting the powders, always add a little more water than you think you need and blend for a minute longer than you think necessary. The serum becomes this hyperglisse, ultra-glide liquid that soothes when you put it on. If you skimp on this step it will be grainy and probably get stuck in your eyebrows.

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When you get electrolysis treatments done, most of the time you can get some hyperpigmentation as one of the side effects. Finding these products (tingly powder serum & probiotic cleanser) has been a true gamechanger. It goes hand in hand with electrolysis and it works wonders. The thing I love the most about it is, that it is in powder form, and that way you mix it yourself adding some water to it and it lasts for so long and leaves your skin hydrated, smooth, and clean to the touch. Finishing off your skin regimen with face oil it's just blissful.
I am so happy I can recommend these products to my lovely clients for their after-care needs when they are done with electrolysis treatment.
Also- I caught my husband using my own Mr Lulu cleanser so now I need to get more for myself!

Love this product so much

This face oil is the most nourishing I have ever tried. Before only rich creams worked, but this face oil is different. It gives an nourishment that no other oil provides. It’s great for my dry skin! And it has no fragrance, which is like as I am sensitive to essential oils or fragrances.

Excellent nourishing moisturizer for winter

My skin gets so dry in winter and this product has been my savior. The oil is rich, but it penetrates perfectly. I usually struggle in winter with anything and for the first time I have not felt dry a second. Plus it is scent-free, which I love.

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Love this cleanser so so much, I can’t even explain it, It really changed my skin game