What Vitamins Do

Vitamin C Standing in the vitamin aisle of my local grocery store, I suddenly realized I knew next to nothing about vitamins besides that multi-vitamins help compensate for vitamins you can’t get in your diet and that vitamin C helps with the immune system, to stave off colds. My thinking about vitamins didn’t stretch much farther than that.

After some research (and talking with Martha) I found out that vitamins are organic, essential micro nutrients that your body and skin need to perform their day-to-day metabolic activities.  Take, for instance, when you get a paper cut. You’ll bleed a little until the blood clots and then, left alone, it will heal naturally, possibly leaving a little scar. Vitamins help speed up and improve this process by supporting what the skin and body are already doing. Vitamin E will help with the healing of that cut and Vitamin C will aid in collagen production, decreasing the likelihood of scarring. When your skin is supported by vitamins, it will heal quicker, scar less, and protect itself more than it could without vitamins.

When applied directly to the skin, vitamins promote healthy collagen, wound healing, UV protection in addition to healing skin conditions like acne. In most skin care brands, Vitamin C is a popular antioxidant ingredient but, because it breaks down and oxidizes quickly, the inclusion of Vitamin C is useless by the time their product reaches your bathroom cabinet. OHA uses a Vitamin C ester with the fatty acids of palm oil. Used in this way, the Vitamin C is stabilized by its fat soluable coating. This makes it available to the skin as it will be an active antioxidant and able to combine with the naturally-occuring fat soluable coating of the skin. In other words, the esterfied Vitamin C used in OHA’s skin care actually benefits the skin by being more absorbable and active than vitamin C generally used in  other skin care brands.

Find Esterfied C in…

Intensive Nutrient Complex

Daily Moisturizer

Night Cream

Vanilla Bean & Shea Body Butter

Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this blog. Especially in the frame of Pollan’s latest comments on the distortions of nutritional guidelines, I’m inclined these days to disregard comments about vitamins. But this made sense to me. I do have a question about ‘ester’–I Wicked it but would have to be an organic chemist to understand what I found! Is this simply a matter of stirring things together or is there a more complex process involved?

  2. Let’s start with ascorbic acid: It’s a sugar with antioxidant properties. One type of ascorbic acid is Vitamin C. When a variety of ascorbic acid molecules (including Vitamin C) are linked together, they form a larger molecule (esterfied C) that’s less acidic than your standard Vitamin C (making it pH neutral) and the body doesn’t flush it out as quickly. Instead, it continually utilizes it to fuel antioxidant activities and iron and calcium absorption.

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