Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) and Collagen

Lemon Juice contains about 53 mg of Vitamin C

Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C

When you think about the benefits of Vitamin C to your health, your thought process probably thinks of a few stories. You may remember from history class how the lack of vitamin C which the British sailors experienced during their explorations caused scurvy. Perhaps you simply think about being told to drink orange juice and other citrus products to ward off colds. However, there is another way to think about Vitamin C’s effect on your body, more specifically the effect it has on aging skin.

Vitamin C is a staple nutrient in many Vine Vera products that focus on anti-aging skin care. It is a powerful antioxidant and also protects the skin from sun damage. But the biggest anti-aging benefit that Vitamin C offers is its effect on collagen production.

Collagen

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The Collagen and Elastin Matrix within the skin

Collagen is a protein fiber found in the connective tissue of the dermis, the second innermost layer of the skin. It is the framework, or the support structure, for this layer of skin. It is a vital component that keeps skin looking full and healthy. When we are young, the body is able to easily regenerate this protein, providing a sufficient amount of collagen to keep the skin wrinkle free. As we age, our body loses its ability to produce and regenerate collagen, which manifests as fine lines and wrinkles. Without the plentiful supply of collagen, the skin loses its framework and deflates.

What Are Collagen Injections?

When talking about collagen and skin care, it is impossible to not mention collagen injections. Some individuals replace their decreased collagen supply by having a trained professional inject collagen back into their skin. Like with any other cosmetic procedures, there are risks involved. Synthetic materials could cause allergic reactions, and collagen as a filler, just like naturally occurring collagen, will begin to lose its form after a certain amount of time, which means that repeated collagen injections are needed to maintain results.

Vitamin C: A Better Alternative

A better alternative to collagen injections is the natural intake of Vitamin C. Another name for Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, which is the cornerstone of collagen creation. A research study conducted in 1981 showed that exposing skin to Vitamin C increased collagen production. Although consuming adequate amounts of Vitamin C is essential for a healthy body and immune system (remember those sailors who had suffered from scurvy), ingesting Vitamin C is not the most effective way for this vitamin to benefit the skin. The healing and restoring power of Vitamin C is best delivered to the skin through a topical cream.

Along with helping the skin create more collagen and therefore helping the skin stay plump and youthful, Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant which helps the body ward of damaging free radicals that could cause cancer. So when you are shopping around for effective anti-aging skin care treatment, remember that Vine Vera specializes in infusing healthy doses of Vitamin C into many of their products, such as the Resveratrol Eye Collection Age Defying Eye Serum and the Resveratrol Men’s Renewal Mask.

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