Vitamin C is a critical nutrient and vital for good health. It prevents scurvy, is essential for blood vessel health, and supports the immune system. But did you know that vitamin C is a natural remedy for beautiful skin? It’s one of my secret weapons in my skin care arsenal.
Vitamin C is responsible for collagen formation, and for improving the skin’s elasticity, thickness, and texture. It can also brighten and even out skin tone, and help to heal blemishes and bruises. Check out these amazing benefits of vitamin C for the skin.
Benefits Of Vitamin C For The Skin
Vitamin C And Collagen
Collagen is a structural protein in the skin that gives it that firm and lovely, plump look. As with many other functions in the body, collagen production decreases with age leading to wrinkles, sagging skin, and decreased skin elasticity. Think of collagen as a kind of glue that holds the body together. It is a very important glue, and you’ll see unwelcome signs as it declines.
Vitamin C stimulates collagen production which makes it an amazing anti-aging vitamin. It also controls skin cell turnover, is responsible for skin thickness, and protects the skin against free-radicals that damage collagen. Not only can it prevent the signs of aging, but it can also repair past damage, and heal scars left from acne.
Vitamin C Is An Antioxidant
Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant and electron donor, which is why it protects the skin against free-radical damage. Antioxidants reduce inflammation, increase circulation, repair sun damage, and prevent premature aging of the skin. Not only is vitamin C an antioxidant in itself, but it helps regenerate other antioxidants in the body
It is also a natural exfoliator. Exfoliation is a proven and effective technique that should be performed on a consistent basis to remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell turnover. The process of cell regeneration slows with age so this habit becomes increasingly more important with time. Vitamin C also improves hydration of the skin and helps it retain moisture.
And if that weren’t enough, vitamin C fosters healthy blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar increases glycation and oxidative stress. Glycation occurs when excess sugar in the blood attaches to proteins. Elastin, which provides resiliency and elasticity to the skin, and collagen are both proteins and subject to glycation, which causes healthy tissue to breakdown, become rigid, and lose elasticity. The end result shows up as wrinkles and sagging skin.
Signs that you are deficient in vitamin C will manifest as dry skin and hair, easy bruising, swollen and bleeding gums, frequent nosebleeds, swollen joints, fatigue, and even depression.
Oral And Topical Applications Of Vitamin C
Taking vitamin C orally, supplementing with it, and applying it topically, all have beneficial effects on the skin. Eating a nutrient-dense diet will ensure that you have adequate amounts of this vital skin-care molecule, which will not only enhance the appearance of your skin, but will benefit your body in many other ways as well.
Aside from a healthy diet, you can also supplement with vitamin C. Most of us associate ascorbic acid with vitamin C, but it is only the outer rim of the complex, and just one of 12 compounds that make up the vitamin C molecule. Most ascorbic acid supplements are derived from corn, which is a genetically modified food, and it is 10 times more acidic than the complex or buffered forms.
Using the whole complex will ensure that you harness all the amazing benefits of the various factors, rutins, and bioflavonoids contained within this therapeutic vitamin. Bioflavonoids, or vitamin P, decrease inflammation, are powerful antioxidants, protect the heart, and help treat varicose veins. They are abundant in fruits and vegetables.
Forms of vitamin C that contain the entire complex include:
- Camu Camu
- Acerola Berries
DIY Liposomal Vitamin C
I make my own liposomal Vitamin C, which significantly increases the absorbability. I personally use powdered rosehips and sunflower lecithin. I know others make it with different forms of vitamin C. Whatever form you choose to use, you’ll want to put that, along with the lecithin, into a ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to assure that the vitamin C becomes liposomal, where it can easily pass through the cell membrane into the cell. Watch the video below to learn how to make it:
Vitamin C serums for topical use are a powerful, yet inexpensive way, to nourish your skin. You can make your own or there are many brands on Amazon to choose from. I prefer to make my own since I can control the quality of the ingredients. I also add Hyaluronic Acid to my serums, which is another highly nourishing and hydrating skin care ingredient.
Food Sources Of Vitamin C
Both fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, but some contain more than others. Foods containing a high amount include:
- Kiwi Fruit
- Bell Peppers
- Brussel Sprouts
Vitamin C is among the most researched skin care ingredient, and it’s benefits are undisputed. Keep in mind, it’s a water-soluble vitamin so it must be replaced daily because the body can’t store it. You’ll be thrilled at the positive changes in your skin when you begin to incorporate this wonderful nutrient into your daily routine. Use it consistently for the best results!
Do you supplement orally with vitamin C or use it on your skin? Let me know in the comments:)
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