What is Botanical Vitamin C – Graydon Skincare What is Botanical Vitamin C
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What is Botanical Vitamin C

What is Botanical Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in nature.  Humans and other vertebrates lack the enzyme that is required for  the synthesis and so we need to obtain it from natural resources like  green leafy vegetables like ​Moringa Oleifera​ leaves which is in our Fullmoon Serum, broccoli, cranberries, raspberries and citrus fruits.​

In nature, vitamin C is found in  D-ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid. L-ascorbic acid is the chemically active form of vitamin C that is  biologically active and useful for humans.​ 

What does Vitamin C do for our skin? 

When the skin is exposed to UV light, superoxide ions or what they call ROS (reactive oxygen  species) are generated.​11​ These ROS damage cells, alter cellular DNA, and lead to collagen  breakdown and therefore age skin.​

Vitamin C protects the skin from oxidative stress, collagen  breakdown and aging skin by donating one of its electrons to neutralize the free radicals.​ Vitamin C  is equally effective against UVA and UVB.​ Some minor reactions of synthetic Vitamin C can cause  dry, irritated and yellow discoloration of skin. This is because L-ascorbic acid needs to be at pH lower than 3.5 to be stable while our skin’s pH is just below neutral. The acidity causes adverse  reactions to sensitive skin.  

Vitamin C and ​Moringa Oleifera​, a botanical source 

The dried and fresh leaves of ​Moringa Oleifera​ contain a substantial amount of magnesium, iron,  folate, and vitamins B-6, A, C and E.​In fact, the Vitamin C content of the fresh leaves of ​Moringa  Oleifera​ was found to be 4 times more when compared to lemon and mosambi.​​ With such high  content of  Vitamin C to protect skin from early signs of aging and collagen breakdown, no wonder  this was our first choice in botanical ingredients for our beloved Fullmoon Serum. 

Who can benefit from botanical  Vitamin C? 

For those that do have sensitive skin, a botanical source of Vitamin C would be ideal. For example,  our Fullmoon serum contains ​Moringa Oleifera​ which is a source of botanical vitamin C that is not  acidic and does not contain the side effects of synthetic vitamin C. In fact, the pH of our Fullmoon  serum is the same as our skin so there should be no sensitivities to pH.

Our Fullmoon serum also  contains a botanical retinol, which works with the botanical vitamin C to protect your skin from ROS  and prevent the look of fine lines and wrinkles without the side effects.

When used in conjunction our Superfood Serum which contains vitamin E, your skin will be guaranteed to feel amazing and look youthful. 


  • Shields skin from oxidative stress
  • Protects skin from signs of aging and collagen breakdown
  • Prevents the look of fine lines and wrinkles
What else is in the Fullmoon Serum? Learn more about our anti-pollution complexpeptideshyaluronic acidmalachite and retinol