What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is a weak organic acid commonly found in citrus fruits and vegetables.
- 1 Hydrates the Skin
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is a derivative of Vitamin C that is water soluble and commonly used in Vitamin C based skin care products.
The derivative is known to have a hydrating effect on skin.
This helps your skin retain more moisture resulting in supple and healthier looking skin.
- 2 Reduces Hyper-pigmentation
Hyper-pigmentation results from the overproduction of Melanin in the skin. This includes, but is not limited to; sun spots, age spots and melasma (a condition that causes dark/discolored patches on the skin).
Hyper-pigmentation can also occur as the aftermath of acne scars.
The application of Vitamin C is able to reduce the production of melanin in the skin which can even out your skin tone and reduce the appearance of scarring.
- 3 Protects Against Sun Damage
Free radicals can lead to significant damage to the skin such as sun damage, sun spots, and sunburn. (More on free radicals in “Negates Free Radicals).
Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants which protects healthy skin cells.
The antioxidants increase cell turnover. This process replaces the damaged cells with healthy new ones. This process helps to not only protect your skin against sun damage, but it also accelerates the healing of the damaged skin from sun burns.
- 4 Increases Collagen Production
Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen, L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters. Collagen is a protein produced in the body that provides structure to the skin.
The protein collagen in the skin is highly correlated to the suppleness and elasticity in skin. A deficiency of collagen in the skin can lead to fine lines and wrinkle development in the skin. Maintaining optimal levels on Vitamin C promotes collagen production keeping skin looking healthy and youthful.
- 5 Negates Free Radicals
Free Radicals are atoms, ions or molecules that are missing from an electron. To rectify this, free radicals will take electrons from other atoms, ions or molecules in the body.
Free Radicals are developed naturally in the body as a internal reaction to stimuli such as fried foods, alcohol, and air pollutants to name a few.
Vitamin C is antioxidant rich which, helps strengthen your immune system. Antioxidants protect cells by providing free radicals with the electron that they lack. This neutralizes the free radical rendering it harmless. “Studies show that consuming more Vitamin C can increase your blood antioxidant levels by up to 30%.” – DNAfit.com
Ways to Get Vitamin C
Aside from consumption of food there are numerous supplements and skin care products available to maintain the optimum level of serums internally and topically.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Vitamin-rich lotions
- Dietary Vitamin Supplements
- Body/Eye Creams
Disclaimer: Although Vitamin C is known to be effective on all skin types, individuals with sensitive skin can be susceptible to irritation using Vitamin C based products.
These are the daily recommended doses of Vitamin C as per the National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements
“Intake recommendations for vitamin C and other nutrients are provided in the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) developed by the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (formerly National Academy of Sciences).” –ODSODNIH.gov
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