Most have heard something positive about this water soluble. However, you may or may not have heard everything. Do you know how important Vitamin C is in your diet? How about the importance of applying it topically vs taking it orally? Let’s explore!
First thing you should know is Vitamin C is an incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory nutrient known to improve skin tone, texture, hydrate, and reduce signs of aging! Researchers have discovered that when it comes to healthy skin, topical vitamin C is significantly more effective than consuming it.
Topical vitamin C is clinically proven to have a wide range of clinical applications thanks to its antioxidant, antiaging, and anti-pigmentary properties. This potent nutrient offers many benefits for the skin, including the potential to:
- Make collagen, used to keep skin youthful and plump
- Heal wounds
- Maintain and repair damaged skin & cartilage
- Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Brighten up complexion
- Even skin tone
- Reduce the appearance of dark spots
- Prevent premature aging
Vitamin C is also key for producing collagen in the body. Collagen is the building block of skin, hair, muscles, tendons, and it is what keeps our skin looking youthfully smooth. As we age, collagen production slows down, which may lead to sagging skin.
Skin care companies are well versed on how paramount Vitamin C is for the skin and body. Vitamin C is found heavily in moisturizers and serums. In addition to what Vitamin C can do for the skin, it also does wonders for the body and mainly help protect cells against oxidative stress.
What is Oxidative stress? It is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body. When there are more free radicals present than can be kept in balance by antioxidants, the free radicals can start doing damage to fatty tissue, DNA, and proteins in your body. Proteins, lipids, and DNA make up a large part of your body, so that damage can lead to a vast number of diseases over time. These include:
- atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the blood vessels
- inflammatory conditions
- high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension
- heart disease
- neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Oxidative stress also contributes to aging. So, what can you do to obtain Vitamin C, besides using it topically? You can consume several different types of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Can you name the top 10 foods High in Vitamin C? (from highest to lowest) Let’s see:
- Bell Peppers
- Snow Peas
Basically Vitamin C is an extremely essential nutrient required for the maintenance of your skin and body. So, before you do anything else, see how you can incorporate Vitamin C into your daily life, and make sure you share this blog with a loved one. 😊