Everyone has heard about vitamin C. We all know that the wonder vitamin helps protect the immune system, but did you also know that vitamin C is extremely beneficial to your skin? In its simplest form, vitamin C is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant that helps keep skin firm, supple, and radiant. Let’s explore the many skin-related benefits of vitamin C:

Protecting the Skin

Vitamin C works by protecting the skin from damage by “free radicals” – rogue molecules that encourage premature skin aging. Free radicals come from exposure that is hard to avoid in daily life, like sun exposure and air pollution. The free radicals also damage the collagen in the skin, contributing to skin dryness, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Recent research shows that a derivative of Vitamin C (called ascorbic acid 2-phosphate) neutralizes free radicals and reverses DNA damage.

Boost Collagen Production

Vitamin C works to help boost healthy collagen in the skin (keeping it firm and supple) and also reduce inflammation. In general it is like a miracle tonic for your skin helping it stay as healthy and vibrant as possible. Vitamin C also works in conjunction with sun protection creams, helping them to be more effective against the constant bombardment of UV (ultra-violet) radiation.

Vitamin C Supplements

You can choose to include vitamin C as a separate vitamin supplement or try to consume more foods and drinks that are high in it. Look out for citrus fruits (including oranges), tomatoes, peas, dark leafy greens, bell peppers, kiwi fruits, broccoli, berries and papayas.

Whole Body Health

Vitamin C is also good for the hair, nails, and body too. It makes collagen which is the protein that helps support tendons, ligaments and blood vessels – so isn’t it time you started including more of it in your daily life?

Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron, another essential component, which if depleted will make you feel tired and potentially develop anemia.

So for beautiful skin, nails, hair and health include vitamin C each day. As it is water-soluble it needs to be taken regularly otherwise your body will quickly become depleted of it without seeing the long-term benefits.

For more information about the many skin care benefits of Vitamin C and other simple changes you can make to your daily routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing, The Ottawa Skin Clinic is here to help!