Vitamin C is well-known to provide a variety of health benefits like boosting the immune system, improving heart health, preventing many common diseases, and improving moods. New research has also identified that vitamin C is essential in keeping your skin healthy and preventing the visible signs of aging. Below we discuss how vitamin C plays a role in promoting skin health and what you can do to keep your skin clear and vibrant using this essential vitamin.
Vitamin C and Your Skin
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and plays a vital role in supporting the body’s ability to produce collagen. Collagen is a protein that helps the body grow cells and blood vessels and provides firmness, elasticity, and strength to your skin. This support for the skin is found in both the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin.
Because vitamin C improves collagen production in the skin, it can reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also improve skin dryness, resulting in less rough patches and a more dewy look.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that minimizes the rate of free radical damage. (Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to healthy cells.) As an antioxidant, it has been found to improve the skin’s ability to repair itself and lessen the appearance of scars.
How to Harness the Power of Vitamin C for More Beautiful Skin
Unlike some other skin-helping vitamins, the benefits of vitamin C can be achieved by both applying topical solutions and increasing the consumption of vitamin C in your diet.
Applying Vitamin C Topically
Adding a vitamin C product to your skincare can help even out your complexion, protect the skin from pollution, increase hydration, and keep the skin looking more youthful. Vitamin C comes in a number of different forms, but ascorbic acid (sometimes referred to a L-ascorbic acid) is the purest form of vitamin C and is favored for dermatological purposes. Because of this, look for lotions and serums that specifically contain ascorbic acid, as opposed to other forms of vitamin C like sodium ascorbyl phosphate or retinyl ascorbate, when shopping for vitamin C skin products.
Increasing Vitamin C in Your Diet
An all-natural and economical approach to gain the benefits of vitamin C for skincare, as well as its benefits to your overall health, is increasing your consumption of vitamin C. Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, cantaloupe, kale, strawberries, and kiwi. The National Institutes of Health recommend that adult men consume 90mg and adult women consume 75mg of vitamin C every day. People with certain lifestyle factors, like smoking, that can hinder the absorption of vitamin C should increase their intake of the vitamin by 35mg per day.
Many of the foods that have the highest level of vitamin C, like oranges, lemons, limes, and strawberries, often have a sour taste that discourages people from including these foods in their everyday diets. Rather than losing the opportunity to benefit from vitamin C-rich foods, or adding sugar to them, use MiraBurst Miracle Berry Tablets to sweeten their tastes. Miracle berries contain Miraculin, one of nature’s only taste modifiers that can sweeten the taste of sour and acidic foods. Simply let a tablet melt on your tongue and sour foods will taste sweet for up to 90 minutes.