posted on Mar, 1 2013 @ 09:18 PM
nube here, hello! i'm making my 1st post here as this is 1 topic i have background in. while not a scientist, i do love science. i've been a
licensed professional in the skin, hair, beauty & health industry for awhile so i thought i'd add my 2 cents to the pot.
1. vit c is great, necessary & vital in proper amounts. while hard to OD to death you could damage your stomach, intestines & possibly kidneys. too
much vit c can cause major gastric upset, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. taken in super excess dosages over long time periods could cause dehydration,
electrolyte imbalances, possible internal bleeding & kidney damage, happening in the most extreme circumstances.
doing this would be ridiculous & painful. as many have said, the body only absorbs a certain amount at a time & the rest is excreted. smaller
doses spread over a period of time is best.
* vit c from any source supplement or au natural, can interfere w/other supplements, medications like antibiotics & their absorption. if you are
taking anything for an illness & you take vit c, check w/your pharmacist or doc to see if there are any issues.
2. vit c is water soluble & why we only absorb a certain amount. vit c is not fat soluble so it doesn't cross the blood brain barrier.
3. reason for using distilled water opposed to tap: there are minerals, possible sediments, chlorine, etc, that will negate, destroy, change ph values
rendering the ingredients useless. distilled, reverse osmosis, purified water are best, will not alter the outcome of the product & are readily
4. the liposome lecithin is used to enhance product penetration. it's made by isolating certain molecules from the lecithin that are smaller & have
all nutritional properties intact. lecithin is a fat & 1 of the necessary fats we need to survive. making it isn't as simple as whipping it up in a
blender. try taking enzymes w/meals or supplements instead, they help to break down nutrients for better absorption.
5. there's many types of vit c available, several forms, from a variety of sources. not sure if we're talking about ingesting the vit c, making a
topical for skincare, so a bit on both.
- for ingesting it's best to go w/a food based/ direct from source supplement. w/ supplements if not made or preserved in a certain way then IMHO
you're just wasting your time & money. equate it to eating an actual balanced homemade meal that was made from whole foods instead of over processed
junk. the less processed it is & made under ideal circumstances the more bioavailability it has in your system. 1 method to extract/preserve
ingredients, keeping all nutrients intact, is called "critical CO2 extraction or preservation" common w/many high end supplements found at health
food stores or the like. a cheaper way of extracting, processing or preserving an ingredient or supplement is w/extreme heat or various chemicals.
by the time the product is finished there's not much left of benefit.
the better supplements can be more expensive because it costs more to make them & preserve them under ideal circumstances. but.. your body will
absorb them better & with some things like extracts they are so potent & pure that you may very well need less. as w/hair & skin care products, the
better products are made w/better ingredients, organic, have the right ratios, the right molecular balance, etc. they aren't full of unnecessary
fillers, preservatives, chemicals etc. since they are more pure they are not made to sit on a shelf for long periods of time like cheaper
alternatives found in convenience or super markets. there are many websites that have the best products on sale that will save you lots of $.
- topically applied vit c is not easy to make. there are several factors in making a serum that's actually of benefit to your skin. again there
are many forms of vit c, forms best suited for ingestion may not be the best for a topical as some are more irritating to skin than others. some forms
are very light sensitive, this is why some serums come in a dark glass bottle. like many supplements, vit c can be damaged or go bad from air
exposure, improper storage, heat, moisture, etc. i saw a comment stating the formula they made was less potent after a day or so, this is why.
if you think you're getting something from what you are making then it may be better to just make enough for 1 day so you aren't waisting your
skin is meant as a barrier, to keep germs out. in order for a topical to be beneficial it needs to be coaxed into the skin. other ingredients are
added to increase the bioavailability to your skin like a liposome, ingredients to balance the ph, increase shelf life of the product & some type of
preservative is added to prevent bacteria from growing. there are many natural preservatives available & some essential oils that act in a similar
there are some great forums on all things skincare, just search! hope this is of some help.