Vitamin C. You've heard it's good for you, probably heard somewhere it helps keep your skin young? Well listen up, because we're about to expand your universe of skincare. Knowledge is power, ladies.
What does vitamin C do for your skin?
Vitamin C is a little bit of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to revitalizing your skin. As a powerful and potent antioxidant, this ingredient is an incredible friend in the skincare industry that can skyrocket the health of your skin. Okay, so it's great for your skin, but how does it help? Glad you asked. Here are some of the top ways vitamin C benefits your health:
UV ray protection
First off, we're not saying that vitamin C is the organic replacement for the sunscreen we know is sitting on your bathroom countertop. However, vitamin C CAN limit the damage from UV light exposure, but it doesn't absorb light like some carbon-based SPFs. The antioxidant protects the skin against UV damage caused by free radicals.
Wrinkles and skin cell structure
UV damage contributes to aging skin. Shocking. When the skin is exposed to UV light this causes changes in the synthesis of the protein collagen, a major contribution to the youthful health of skin cells. This oxidative damage also causes changes in skin structure. All is not lost, vitamin C helps the regulation of this process.
Hydrate dry skin
Still having trouble with those dry patches of skin? Increase your vitamin C intake! Studies show the ascorbic acid can have effects on trans-epidermal water loss. Increasing these vitamin C levels, by oral supplement or topical application, promotes synthesis of barrier lipids, which promotes low water permeability.
Whether or not you're a regular consumer of oranges, tomatoes or strawberries, there are many more benefits of vitamin C that are waiting for you. All you have to do is take a bite!