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What Vitamin C Does for Skin – Vine Vera Reviews

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that the vitamin dissolves in water, so you need to be sure that you are receiving a continuous supply of vitamin C. We previously posted on foods that will help you achieve your daily recommended amount of vitamin C, but you can also get the benefits of vitamin C through topical application. Not sure why you would want to apply vitamin C to your skin? Check out the information below to learn what vitamin C can do for your skin.

Fruits rich in Vitamin C

Vitamin C
There are several forms of vitamin C that are used in skin care products. In any form vitamin C is highly beneficial providing a wide variety of benefits. Topical application of vitamin C can:

  • Minimize the appearance of brown spots and other aging marks such as spots from sun damage
  • Increase your body’s collagen production
  • Lessen the amount of inflammation and irritation in your skin
  • Decrease the appearance marks due to acne and breakout
  • Increases the skin’s natural healing response
  • Enhance sunscreen effectiveness and increase your natural UV protection

Chemical formula of ascorbic acid.

Types of Vitamin C
While some product packaging will proclaim that vitamin C is an ingredient, others may use different terms to refer to the various forms of vitamin c. The most frequently used form of vitamin C in skin care is ascorbic acid. This is because ascorbic acid is backed by proper research which states that any type of vitamin C can benefit for skin.

Ascorbic acid is also known as L-ascorbic acid and when properly formulated, the ingredient can help in creating firmer and younger skin, while removing post-acne marks and the signs of sun damage. This substance can be used either on its own or with other antioxidant ingredients. One of the greatest pairings in skin care is the combination of vitamins C and A.

Though ascorbic acid is the most commonly used ingredient in skin care, there are other types that you may want to look for on product labels. The other derivatives of vitamin C in skin care are:

  • Ascorbyl palmitate
  • Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • Tetrahexldecyl ascorbate
  • Sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • Retinyl ascorbate

All of these forms of vitamin C also provide protection against free-radical damage, though the above derivatives are more powerful when combined with other ingredients such as retinol (vitamin A) or niacinamide (vitamin B). A combination of other ingredients and antioxidants will benefit all forms of vitamin C and help them to be as beneficial as possible.

Vitamin C can be achieved through both diet and skin care products. Vitamin C is a superstar antioxidant that provides a multitude of benefits for your skin, helping it look younger, firmer and more even. A concentration as low as .06% vitamin C in a skin care product can provide excellent benefits, while a concentration of 15 to 25% results in maximum fading of sun damage, other signs of aging and post-acne marks. Be sure to incorporate a skin care product with vitamin C into your skin care routine to improve your healthy collagen levels, resulting in diminished signs of aging and healthier skin overall.

Vitamin C Rich Foods – Vine Vera Reviews

Now that you know how important vitamin C is to both your body’s internal processes and your complexion, you might be wondering how best to receive it. We mentioned in our last post that you can definitely apply vitamin C topically in order to help fade sun damage and reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin. However, you can also head to your kitchen when you want to reap the benefits of vitamin C.

Closeup of strawberries and sliced pineapples.

Fruits
Possibly the most famous fruit for vitamin C is the orange. You know that oranges are high in vitamin C, providing collagen boosting benefits and a healthy immune system. But if you don’t feel like scarfing down oranges all of the time, there are plenty of other fruits that are vitamin C rich.

Tropical fruit lovers will be pleased to know that pineapple is a fruit with a high vitamin C concentration. Papaya is also a fruit that contains tons of vitamin C. A one cup serving of papaya contains 88.3mg of vitamin C while a serving of pineapple contains 78.9mg. Mangoes are another tropical fruit that contains vitamin C and beats out oranges, pineapples and papayas in the level of vitamin C it contains. A serving of mangoes contains 122.3mg of vitamin C and is also a great source of vitamin A (which works well in conjunction with vitamin C). Slicing up a kiwi and eating it will result in you getting about 70mg of vitamin C.

Strawberries are also an awesome source of vitamin C with a one cup serving containing almost 85mg of vitamin C. For a super dose of vitamin C, slice up your favorite fruits from this brief list and make a delicious, and nutritious, tropical fruit salad.

Salad with bell peppers and olive oil

Vegetables
Most people associate oranges, and other citrus fruits, with vitamin C, but there are tons of vegetables that can add a great amount of vitamin C to your diet. Red and green bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C:  a cup of chopped red pepper contains three times the amount of vitamin C than an orange does with 190mg of vitamin C being in one cup of chopped red bell peppers. Green bell peppers are also a great source of vitamin C as they contain about 120mg in a one cup serving.

One of the most buzzed about vegetables recently is kale and with good reason. A one cup serving of kale provides twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and seven times the amount of vitamin K. When it comes to vitamin C, a one cup serving of kale provides you with 80mg, roughly the recommended daily amount for adult males and females. Your mother probably told you to eat your broccoli as a child, and you should definitely heed her advice. A one cup serving of broccoli is just 30 calories and contains over 130mg of vitamin C in addition to being rich in fiber.

When it comes to getting the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, you can easily accomplish your goal through your diet. A fresh fruit salad for breakfast and a snack of broccoli in the afternoon will easily have you getting the amount of vitamin C that you need for beautiful skin and a healthy body.

Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin C – Vine Vera Reviews

Chemical Formula of Vitamin C.

You know that your body needs vitamins and minerals in order to function properly and you know that vitamin C is one of them. However, you may not know just how important vitamin C really is and why it is an important skin care ingredient. Vitamin C does so much more than improve and encourage healthy immune functioning, it benefits your skin as well.

What is Vitamin C and What Does it do?
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, vitamin C is  a water-soluble vitamin which has is considered to be essential for proper growth and development. Since vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, it ends up dissolving in water. This means that all leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through urine. This is why it is essential to ensure a continuous supply of vitamin C in your diet.

One of the reasons that vitamin C is so crucial to your body is that it helps grow and repair tissues throughout your entire body. It helps your body to form scar tissue and your wounds to heal in addition to repairing and maintaining bones, teeth and cartilage. Vitamin C is required to create an important protein that is used to make tendons, skin, blood vessels and ligaments. So, vitamin C does quite a bit more than simply helping your immune system function properly.

Additionally, and most importantly regarding skin care, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. An antioxidant is a nutrient that fights and blocks damage done due to free radicals. Your body naturally creates free radicals as it breaks food down or when you are exposed to environmental dangers such as smoke. Free radicals are being researched for their role in conditions such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis. The buildup of free radicals is what is largely responsible for the aging process.

Why is Vitamin C an Important Ingredient in Skin Care?
Vitamin C offers excellent antioxidant protection by shielding the skin from the damage caused by free radicals, rogue molecules which lead to premature aging of the skin. Here is a list of what using a skin care ingredient containing vitamin C can do:

  • Boosting the skin’s defense against UV exposure
  • Reducing irritation and inflammation
  • Boosting healthy collagen production
  • Fading post-breakout red marks
  • Increasing the effectiveness of sunscreens
  • Reducing the presence of sun damage and brown spots

When you look for ingredients with vitamin C, it may be helpful to look for ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. This is backed by proper research, and offers more benefits of the skin than any other form of the vitamin. For that reason, ascorbic acid is most used in well-formulated skin care products. Look for skin care products that use either 15 to 25 percent ascorbic acid to see the maximum benefit in reduction of age spots and other damage.

Vitamin C applied topically, as described above, is a great way to incorporate this ingredient into your healthy skin care routine. You can also receive benefits of vitamin C by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Fruits such as kiwis, oranges and grapefruits are high in vitamin C as are sweet potatoes and red and green peppers. Vitamin C is an important ingredient for both a healthy body and radiant looking skin.