Vitamin C has been used throughout history by women looking to lighten their skin – I can remember my grandmother being adamant that pressing half a lemon on the backs of her hands would diminish her age spots. Not too sure that quite worked, but it seems vitamin C is clinically proven to have skin brightening properties, and when applied topically in the right way can improve skin tone.
The problem up until now, it seems, is that one of the best forms of vitamin C (L-asorbic acid), with its great anti-oxidant properties, is very unstable and degrades very quickly and loses its effectives when applied to the skin.
A new product, Medik8 CE-Thione has found a way around this problem. They refer to it as being ‘rechargeable vitamin C’. It is recharged by two antioxidant “buddies” Vitamin E & Gluthione which work in synergy with one another to keep the vitamin C active and stable. I came across it a medical aesthetics conference, asked lots of questions about its benefits and consequently was asked if I would like to try it myself.
Overall I think my skin tone is quite good, but I do have quite a large pigmentation mark on my cheek. Would Medik8 CE-Thione make a difference?
It has. The product itself is highly concentrated and just a few drops are applied to the face neck and décolleté every morning. After a week I noticed that the pigmentation mark on my face had faded significantly – another week on and it is hardly noticeable. In a way that I cannot quite find the words to explain, my skin also feels different to the touch – I’m not sure if ‘denser’ is quite the right to describe it, but certainly my pores appear smaller. The product itself smells quite ‘medicated’. What is also interesting is that I drop the serum onto the back of my left hand before applying to my face. The skin on this hand is now significantly smoother.
Medik8 CE-Thione is not cheapest vitamin C serum on the market – but it is stable and it is effective.
2 x 15ml costs £78.50. Based on my own usage I think this should last about 3 months.
If you are considering laser treatments or chemical peels for reducing pigmentation I think it would be well worth trying out this product first.
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