What's Better Than Vitamin C For Skin?

What’s better than Vitamin C? Microneedling vs Dermarolling with Astaxanthin – Biotoc Nanopen Review are the topics we will discussing in this blog post. Although Vitamin C is a highly touted antioxidant both for taking orally and applying topically.

Vitamin C is one of this most effective antioxidants for helping to neutralizing free radicals BOTH for inflammation related diseases as well as helping to even out skin tone and to help fight the aging of the skin .

The challenge with vitamin C is that it is highly oxidative and it is very difficult to keep it stable especially when applied on the skin.

So, what’s better than Vitamin C, is there any antioxidant ingredient that has MORE if not equal to the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C AND more stable than vitamin c ?

Yes. There are clinical studies that discuss this antioxidant.


What’s Better than Vitamin C for skin?


Astaxanthin is nicknamed “the king of antioxidants”. According to a article published in the Articles of Procedia of Environmental Sciences (Volume 28, 2015 , pp 399-405).

Astaxanthin is:

-6000x stronger than Vitamin C

-800x stronger then Coenzyme Q10

-75x stronger than Alpha Lipoic Acid

This carotenoid comes from microalgae that also gives wild salmon, krill, shrimp, plants, lobster and other seafood it’s orange/red color.

Research has shown that Astaxanthin can absorb more free radicals than any other antioxidant.

Astaxanthin can also be taken as a supplement and has show to help with reducing muscle damage from exercise and speeding up recovery, to help with macular degeneration, and even helping with cancer.


When Astaxanthin is applied on the skin, the benefits shows to help heal sunburn faster, reducing wrinkles and inflammation of the skin which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

According to one article, when the microalgae was under normal light conditions, not much was produced. However, when the microalgae was exposed to UV light and BLUE light, the amount of carotenoid produced by the microalgae increased 8 fold as compared to being exposed to UV light and red light which then in the control group, increased 2 fold.

So unlike, vitamin c, which seems to break down very quickly when exposed to light, Astaxanthin, seems to be more stable when exposed to certain types of light.

There are skin care products that have Astaxanthin and I have clients who are using this serum along with Microneedling to increase the penetration of this ingredient.

Microneedling vs Dermarolling:

Both microneedling and dermarolling create tiny pricks on the surface of the skin to create micro wounds in the skin. This also helps increase product penetration as well as stimulating the skin to create new collagen and elastin.

Microneedling tends to be more precise vs dermarolling because it doesn’t roll at an angle but stamps very, very quickly.

Dermarollers usually have less needles per area than a microneedling pen.

The microneedling pen has almost no chance of infection because the top part of the pen that has needles comes in a one time use package that is sterilized.

The dermaroller (especially one that is used at home) is not sterile. It can be cleaned but unless you have an medical autoclave, it is almost impossible to keep it sterile and thus more likely for an infection to occur.



Biotoc is a Korean Based Advanced Skin Care Technology company that has their own research and development department.

The Biotoc Nanopen PRO was designed to help increase penetration for some of their skin care products.

The Biotoc Nanopen PRO comes with individually wrapped gas sterilized needle tip that contains 64 needles . The diameter of each tip is less than 80 nanometers (1/1000 less than a strand of hair) so the puncture wound is so small that the infection rate is virtually none.

The Biotoc 3x Crosslink Ampoule works well with the Biotoc Nanopen Pro.

The stamping of the needles are so fast that it does not hurt and it feels very similar to a cat licking your skin.

Afterwards, the skin will feel slightly tingly.

The Biotoc 3xCross-link Ampoule features a cross link hyaluronic acid and three skin tightening ingredients as well as ingredients such as Astaxanthin for hyperpigmentation and anti aging for the skin.

Here are some of the beneficial ingredients that are in this serum:

Skin Brightening Agents for Hyperpigmentation:



-Rice Ferment

-Mushroom Extract

-Licorice Root extract

Hydration Properties for dehydrated and lipid poor skin:

-3 crosslinked Hyaluronic Acid

-Lactobacillus soybean ferment (polyglumatic acid-that is 10x more powerful that hyaluronic acid but forms a hydration film over the skin)

-Capryilic Triglyceride

-Arginine-boosts hydration

-Centella Asiatica Extract

Collagen Building Ingredients:



-Carnosine-Anti-glycation properties/anti inflammatory (glycation causes fine lines and wrinkles)

-Leucine-prevents breakdown of muscle and skin

This serum can also be layered below a conductivity gel and used with the Miyo Lift treatments:

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