Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient both internally and externally. Unfortunately our body does not automatically produce Vitamin C.
Internally vitamin C has several functions:
- helping to protect cells and keeping them healthy
- maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage
- helping with wound healing
Natural food sources include :
- citrus fruit, such as oranges and orange juice
- brussels sprouts
Vitamin C in Skincare
Vitamin C is known as one of the best anti ageing ingredients available, and can be attributed to a smooth, even glowing complexion.
Let's break down some of the benefits:
Vitamin C fights against free radical damage to the skin . Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause damage to our skin cells. They break down our skin's collagen resulting in sagging skin, wrinkles, unwanted pigmentation, and an uneven skin tone.
2. Collagen Production
Collagen is responsible for strengthening and supporting our skin. As we age our bodies collagen production slows down, which in turn leads to more lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C promotes collagen to provide us with firmer, younger looking skin.
Vitamin C can help fade pigmentation and hyperpigmentation. Pigmentation occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain areas of the skin. Vitamin C works to stop the production of melanin.
4. Protects Against Sun Damage
Vitamin C is NOT an alternative to sunscreen, as it does not absorb UVA and UVB light. What is does is help protect against further damage caused by UV light.
Take a look at the great range of Vitamin C based skin care we have here