Ingredient: Vitamin C

By now, you know how much we love Vitamin C. It's a powerhouse ingredient that does everything from brightening your skin to refining its texture, from protecting your skin's barrier to correcting hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C is one of the most trusted antioxidants in skincare, recommended by dermatologists and estheticians alike as an integral part of your morning skincare routine.

3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid: Also known as Ethylated Ascorbic Acid, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is the more stable form of the two Vitamin C types. 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid consists of Vitamin C and an Ethyl Group bound to the third Carbon position, making this form of Vitamin C very stable and soluble in both water and oil. This placement also enables it to penetrate the skin's deeper layers without causing irritation.

As it is soluble in both water and oil, 3-O-ethyl Ascorbic Acid is easily incorporated into a wide range of cosmetic formulations. Its efficacy is enhanced by its rapid absorption into the skin, which helps to yield the best results. At the recommended pH (of between 4 and 6), 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is stable against oxidation and resistant against discoloration. This reduces the possibility of skin irritation caused by oils in other products which may oxidize due to exposure to high temperature or UV radiation.

In CC Me, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid works to both brighten the skin and protect against free radicals and other environmental stressors.