Vitamin C is probably the world’s most famous vitamin. It’s found in foods, dietary supplements, and skincare products. You’ve probably taken it when you’ve been feeling poorly but we’re here to tell you why vitamin C is a must for any skincare routine.
What is vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of thirteen essential vitamins that your body requires to function properly. It’s a powerful antioxidant, immune-system-booster, and scurvy deterrent. Life would not be the same without it! It’s sometimes described as ascorbic acid which is a water-soluble substance that has a chemical formula of C6H8O6.. According to New York Dermatologist, Dr. Anne Chapas it's great all skin types and ages and has the added benefits of being the best ingredient to brighten skin, treat scars, protect against free radical damage, reduce fine lines, and more!
A healthy diet rich in vitamin C compliments great skincare
One of the best ways to receive the benefits of vitamin C is to eat a balanced diet with foods rich in vitamin C. Healthy adults need a minimum of 40mg of vitamin C a day and because vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, we need to ingest enough every day. Vitamin C is found in lots of foods, particularly citrus fruits, and green veggies. Here are the top 10 vitamin C containing foods:
· Guavas – 228mg per 100g
· Bell peppers – 128mg per 100g
· Kiwis – 93mg per 100g
· Broccoli – 89mg per 100g
· Papaya – 61mg per 100g
· Snow peas – 60mg per 100g
· Strawberries – 59mg per 100g
· Oranges & lemons – 53mg per 100g
· Tomato – 26mg per 100g
· Kale – 18mg per 100g
Although we advise getting enough vitamin C from your foods, there is no guarantee that enough is reaching your skin. That’s why you should consider incorporating vitamin C into your skincare routine alongside a healthy diet to take extra care of the largest organ in your body. That way you can take care of your skin from the inside out, and the outside in!
4 benefits of vitamin C for skin
Serums that contain vitamin C from natural ingredients like our 24hr Rosehip Face Serum are renowned for their effectiveness in treating a wide range of skin issues and for improving your general complexion.
1. Vitamin C boosts collagen production which prevents saggy skin
Vitamin C is well-known for its ability to boost collagen production in our bodies which plays a vital role in keeping our skin looking fresh and healthy. Collagen helps our skin form a fibrous network of cells in the middle layer of our skin (the dermis). This network of cells provides a platform for new cells to grow and helps restore or replace dead skin cells. Collagen levels naturally decline with age which weakens the collagen networks in our skin, resulting in sagging skin.
So, vitamin C may help to keep collagen levels higher and our skin tighter as we age.
2. Protect against sun damage & hyperpigmentation with vitamin C skincare
Sun damage and other forms of hyperpigmentation cause blemishes on your skin when melanin is overproduced in certain areas.
Vitamin C may help to fade dark spots caused by sun exposure or age-related factors which can lead to a more even skin complexion.
3. Vitamin C reduces inflammation
Similarly, vitamin C may help to create a more even skin complexation by treating inflammatory skin conditions that cause redness or blotchiness.
Vitamin C reduces inflammation to create a smoother, more even, and brighter skin complexion.
4. Vitamin C has a hydrating effect on your skin
While there is no substitute for drinking enough water for truly hydrated skin, vitamin C can help reduce transepidermal water loss. The epidermis is the outermost layer of your skin. So, in other words, vitamin C may help to slow down or reduce the amount of water that evaporates from your skin into the air.
By locking more moisture into your skin, vitamin C could help your skin remain hydrated and plump for a glowing look.
Impressed? Be sure to include a vitamin C based product into your skincare routine going forward.