Vitamin C is the most abundant antioxidant in the human body. But can it help with anti-aging? The answer is yes - absolutely!
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient not only to our overall health, but also to the health of our skin. It is known to strengthen our immune system and promote tissue repair. It is also a powerful antioxidant.
Here are a few ways that Vitamin C can help your skin:
- Found commonly in citrus fruits, Vitamin C is a key component in collagen production. Collagen helps to give skin its plump and even appearance. However, as we age, collagen declines - and this contributes to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C boosts collagen production in our cells.
- Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. Because of this, it is proven to help protect skin from the harmful free radicals in our body that damage our skin’s DNA and leads to oxidative stress. Vitamin C aids in your skin's natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. It prevents premature skin aging, and makes our skin look younger and healthier.
- It lowers melanin production which is what causes skin discoloration.
- Vitamin C helps reduce skin dryness. It enhances skin barrier function and helps reduce water loss. Some studies also show that when used in combination with other nutrients, vitamin C helps enhance skin moisture.
Why Use Vitamin C in Skincare?
Your body does not produce Vitamin C, thus we get it through food and supplements. However, it is important that we apply it right where it’s needed. Applying it topically gets it to skin much faster and you get a lot more of it - about 20% more.
So make sure that you get your daily dose of Vitamin C! It is also great to invest in supplements and skin care products to help maintain that youthful, healthy, and glowing skin.