Episode 4: Vitamin C & Skincare

Why Vitamin C is so great for your skin

Did you know that your body cannot make its own vitamin C? 

Our inability to make vitamin C makes humans different from most other vertebrates.

What's more, vitamin C is needed for a host of reasons by your body, including collagen synthesis and antioxidant protection.  Vitamin C is the most abundant antioxidant in human skin.

Listen to the full podcast spotlighting this important ingredient.

This week's in tune segment:

Here in southern California, the jasmine is still blooming.  Heady, sultry, not quite floral jasmine, in it's strong, crisp abundance smells like femininity.  The wild, untamed, headstrong matriarch.  The young ambitious maiden.  Jasmine embodies both.

In aromatherapy, jasmine is often used for elevating mood and sending depression packing.  And, while Jasminum polyanthum (aka pink jasmine) is the most common variety grown for decorative (and fragrance) reasons in the US, Jasminum grandiflorum and Jasminum sambac are the two most common in the essential oil world, and if you're wondering which jasmine brings that delightful taste to green tea, Jasminum officinale (or common jasmine) and Jasminum sambac both hold that honor.

Jasmine's been called the most masculine floral fragrance, so why do I call jasmine feminine?  Jasmine pairs beautifully with so many essential oils, softening edges & connecting otherwise disjointed pairs, working its alchemy to make things... like entrance ways, green tea, and simple essential oil blends... so much more than the sum of their parts. 

And, these beautiful, fragrant blossoms flower in abundance covering the strong, vivacious vine.  Does it get more feminine than that?

Do you enjoy the smell of jasmine?  Are you a devout jasmine scented green tea enthusiast?  If you're smitten with jasmine, Rain Organica's essential oil blend Ojai features jasmine using the scent to marry the natural fragrance of sweet orange & neroli with ylang, and you can find that essential oil blend in Rain Organica's all natural botanical oil for chapped hands.


Antioxidant synergy and the stabilizing effect of multiple antioxidants in skincare

Vitamin C in Dermatology. Indian Dermatology Online Journal. PMID: 23741676. DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.110593

The Mystery of Vitamin C. What it is, how it functions biochemically, and why can't humans synthesize it?

DermTalk Docs: All about Vitamin C in Skincare

Stability of vitamin C derivatives in topical formulations containing lipoic acid, vitamins A and E

The genetics of vitamin C loss in vertebrates

Skinceuticals research on antioxidants

Clinical skincare and Skinceuticals

Designing proper clinical trials for skincare products

Effect of Freezing and Storage on the Phenolics, Ellagitannins, Flavonoids, and Antioxidant Capacity of Red Raspberries. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2002, 50, 18, 5197–5201.  Publication Date:July 26, 2002.

Brandy Searcy founder Rain Organica

About the Author

Brandy Searcy is an outdoor girl who loves hiking, gardening, bird-watching, and body boarding.  Her innate curiosity means she's constantly researching something, and she's likely sharing what she's learned here on the blog. 

Nearly obsessive about her skincare, she started developing products to pack with her on day hikes and soon realized her backpacking friends were searching for a portable skincare routine as well, and that's how Rain Organica started.

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