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Structure of ascorbic acid also called vitamin C

By Tom Kish

As many people already know, Vitamin C (technically known as ascorbic acid) occurs naturally in citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes and green leafy vegetables and is an essential nutrient for the human body.


A lesser known fact is that recent scientific studies have confirmed that Vitamin C is also critical for healthy skin in several respects.

Free radicals such as oxygen are strong oxidants and are chemically aggressive to oxidize other substances including our skin. These free radicals are a major cause of pre-mature skin aging. Anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C are successful at detoxifying the free radicals transforming them into substances that are no longer harsh to our skin.

Vitamin C has also been shown to prevent and repair sun-damaged skin. Experiments have confirmed that the skin suffers considerably less damage if a significant amount of Vitamin C is applied topically prior to sun exposure. In addition, studies have confirmed that the skin recovers quickly from sun damage after topical application of Vitamin C. It makes sense that in addition to sunscreens, topical application of Vitamin C can provide an extra measure of protection from the harmful and damaging rays of the sun.

Vitamin C has also been shown to have anti-pigmentation qualities. Vitamin C can suppress the production of melanin in much the same manner as the most popular skin bleaching agent. Topical application of Vitamin C at moderate concentration can prevent undesirable pigmentation such as freckles and brown spots and significantly improve skin tone.

The human body is unable to synthesize Vitamin C and therefore relies on food intake to keep an optimum level of Vitamin C. Our bodies consume a considerable amount of Vitamin C everyday and physical and emotional stress can cause even more Vitamin C to be depleted from the skin. Topical delivery of Vitamin C is significantly more effective than oral supplements. Scientific studies have proven that Vitamin C once absorbed into the skin, can not be rubbed off, washed off or even perspired off for three days.

In the past, Vitamin C was difficult to formulate in skin care products due to its instability in aqueous solutions. At TOM KISH skin care I have developed TOM KISH century a unique face product with Vitamin C and grape seed extract (an even stronger anti-oxidant). I have created an esther form of Vitamin C that is stable particularly when combined in chelate form. By utilizing the chelate form of Vitamin C the structure of Vitamin C is stabilized by stronger chemical bonds and steric hindrance which makes it difficult for oxygen and other reactive substances to attack the weak points of Vitamin C thereby making it stable in aqueous solutions and suitable for cosmetic topical application. TOM KISH century is readily absorbed by the skin and release of Vitamin C is immediate. Furthermore, the chelate of Vitamin C in TOM KISH century is not as acidic as free Vitamin C and therefore very safe to the skin.

Topical application of Vitamin C through the use of TOM KISH century provides a new weapon in the anti-aging arsenal.

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