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Vitamin C Quick Reference Guide


Need A Helpful Vitamin C Skin Guideline?

Read our Quick and Helpful Guide on Vitamin C to find its Uses & Benefits, Vitamin C Types, Further Educational Topics and Dr Alek’s Recommended Products with Vitamin C.

Are you confused about what Vitamin C does for your skin or wondering if you should add it in your skin care regime then check Dr Alek Nikolic’s quick guide to give you the direction you need.

Fast Facts:

  • Cannot be manufactured by our own bodies so it is essential that we replenish levels in our diet and in our skin care products.
  • Has a short activity period so we do need to add it in our diets every day

Vitamin C Benefits & Uses:

  1. It is an antioxidant so it gets rid of free radicle
  2. Is vital for:
    1. Building connective tissue such as collagen
    2. Wound healing
    3. Metabolizes folic acid and hormones in our bodies
    4. Has been shown to reduce pigmentation, age spots and blemishes: very simply it reduces melanin production
  3. Helps and aids Vitamin E function in our bodies
  4. In cleansers is a natural and gentle exfoliator
  5. Has been shown to increase ceramide production in our skins

Types of Vitamin C In Skin Care Products:

  • Ascorbic Acid (L-Ascorbic Acid)
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA)
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)
  • Others: Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Glucosamine, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate

Need More Info?

  1. Further Reading & Recommended In Depth Articles:
  2. For More Skincare Advice:
  1. See Our Full Treatment Product List With Vitamin C: please click here
  2. Dr Alek Nikolic’s Top Vitamin C Picks:

About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

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