Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
Lush has used fresh fruits and vegetables since its inception so your skin can benefit from their vitamins - ascorbic acid (a.k.a. L-Ascorbic acid or vitamin C) included. But sometimes it's good to push concentrations and effects a little, isn't it?
Where do we get it?
Lush UK purchases this ingredient from China through a UK distributor. It is obtained from sorbitol, corn steep liquor and mineral salts, all originating from China.
With seven manufacturing sites across the globe, this information may vary depending on where your Lush products were made.
What are the benefits of vitamin C for your skin?
- Acts as an antioxidant
- Soothes inflammation
- Enhances skin’s radiance
Usually, when one hears that a product is anti-ageing, one raises a suspicious eyebrow, but it looks like vitamin C holds a lot of promise - although the pure, isolated molecule is fragile and varies in effectiveness. A powerful antioxidant, it is thought to help the skin cells fight off the unstable atoms (free radicals) that try to damage them, and its potential ability to stimulate collagen production may help the skin stay firm to the touch. Some studies have also suggested that it reduces wrinkles and hyperpigmentation spots. It could also help the skin to recover from sun damage.
Acid ascorbic is vital for our health. So vital indeed that people with vitamin C deficiency can develop scurvy and die, as sailors doing long journeys on the sea have discovered the hard way, hundreds of years ago. Thankfully, in the 19th century, a Scottish naval surgeon named James Lind found that drinking citrus juice helped cure the disease. The fruits thereby became staples in the holds. Ascorbic acid (ascorbic meaning ‘of-scurvy’) was finally isolated from fruits in 1928. Although a cure has thus been discovered, let’s not forget that scurvy still exists, very often accompanying malnutrition.