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Update on Topical Vitamin C Products

January 30, 2010

When I got asked last year if it was OK to crush up vitamin C tablets and rub them into your face via your moisturiser I thought it was a rubbish idea. I mean,  the vitamin C  in these tablets has been specifically formulated for good ingestion rather than good skin-absorption and although some of the chemical names are the same, the presentation of these actives can be very different. Therefore I advised against doing this. 

However, it seems that the desire to get vitamin C into the skin THROUGH the skin has not gone away (and nore should it).   Further, it is not enough to just get your ‘C’ dose in a normal anti-ageing moisturiser or serum, you want it NEAT. You want it brought to you as a little white powder and you want it to look all “sciency”.  Well,  in that case you will be wanting to try this by Dr Sebagh

Dr Sebagh Vitamin C Vial. Picture Sourced From Mecca Cosmetics


It is not easy to get Vitamin C into a powdered format that will deliver skin benefits. Vitamin C is notoriously hard to work with as it breaks down (Oxidises) in air, with light and in water.  However, cosmetic chemists are always up for a challenge and so it wasn’t long before those problems had been overcome, patented and launched onto the market. 

The above Dr Sebagh product uses a patented blend of ingredients to protect the Vitamin C from environmental degradation. These ingredients include  a silica silyate powder – this is a hydrophobic (water hating) thickener,  Sodium ascorbyl phosphate for skin lightning and for its anti-oxidant properties, Nylon 6/12 used as a film former and absorbent agent,  Xylitol – an artificial sweetener that  has humectant properties (it can suck water into it), water and a couple of preservatives.  Basically the product can be re-wetted in your hand before use meaning that the vitamin C retains its maximum efficacy right up to the moment of use. 

Lots of patents exist in this and concentrate on protecting the method of preserving the potency of the Vitamin C. What would be great is to see  some  information on the skin results that can be achieved with this type of presentation Vs other vitamin C compositions.  As soon as I find some I’ll post it here. 

Overall this product looks very impressive based on its packaging and  Dr Sebagh’s credentials, however the price tag at AUD $220 for a box of 5  is quite steep.  If you feel like giving this a go or want some more information and live in Australia visit Mecca Cosmetics and check it out for yourself. 

Interesting stuff.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. LT Arnold permalink
    February 3, 2010 7:39 am

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds too now, Thanks.


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