You probably know about all the good Vitamin C can do for your body when it comes to preventing disease. Whether it was sailors in the 18th century using citrus on long trips to prevent scurvy or taking supplements to increase your immune system’s power during cold and flu season, Vitamin C’s benefits are already common knowledge.
However, this potent nutrient isn’t only good for your insides, it is also a powerful aging fighter for your outsides. No matter how you cut it, Vitamin C is a vital component of skin health.
Here are three ways that Vitamin C goes beyond its more commonly known uses and helps your skin:
BATTLING FREE RADICALS
Vitamin C often acts as an antioxidant, which means it fights free radicals that may damage your skin. Free radicals go to war against damaging elements that come into contact with your skin causing the atomic structure of your skin cells to become unbalanced. Pollutants, toxins such as cigarette smoke and even sunlight’s ultraviolet rays can damage the structure of cells and make your skin look older or, worse, increase the risk of skin cancer. Vitamin C helps fight these toxins off and repair damage that they might have left behind.
COLLAGEN PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
One of the most important parts of having enough Vitamin C in your diet is to increase the production of the natural protein collagen. This protein is one of the most important building blocks for your body, including in your skin’s natural youthfulness. However, as we age the body stops producing as much collagen as it did when you were younger, making your skin sag and not able to repair itself as quickly from damage. Vitamin C works to help increase collagen synthesis in the skin and, in turn, make skin look youthful.
DARK SKIN LIGHTENER
The citric acid in Vitamin C can help brighten skin, but it also increases the levels of glutathione, a tripeptide that inhibits the skin’s production of melanin, or the chemical that darkens the skin. Since discovering Glutathione is a chemical found often in people with fairer skin, scientists have found ways to manufacture it and use it as an ingredient in products to lighten dark spots and blemishes. However, research is still being conducted as to whether Vitamin C works alone in lightening skin or if it part of a combination of nutrients that works to increase the levels of glutathione.
-Get it into your diet; fruits like citrus, berries and even kiwi have higher amounts of Vitamin C, and vegetables such as red peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and various dark green leafy vegetables will definitely increase the amount in your system. Even herbs like parsley can also increase the amount of Vitamin C in your diet.
-If you can’t get enough Vitamin C in your diet through fruits and vegetables, supplements are available over the counter, whether in pills or chewable formulas. However, studies have shown that it’s best to try to get Vitamin C through a healthy diet to achieve the most benefits.
-Vitamin C can also work directly for your skin if you apply it topically. Many skincare formulas incorporate Vitamin C into their products along with other nutrients, such as Vitamins A and E, to give you the maximum health benefits your skin needs. There are plenty of natural remedies available, but be careful, as too much Vitamin C on your skin can be dangerous. Read Abby’s review about the Vine Vera Vitamin C Collection to learn how this exciting collection can help you with your skin care routines.
Are you getting enough Vitamin C in your diet? Have you seen the direct benefits of this nutrient in your diet? Let us know in the comments below!