We all consider Vitamin C one of those “superhero” ingredients that can fend off illness and boost our immune system.
From fresh orange juice to blackcurrants and peppers, VitC can protect our cells, aid wound healing, and help to maintain healthy bones, blood vessels and cartilage. But the chances are, you didn’t know the skincare benefits of the ingredient.
Below, we’ve rounded up just some of the reasons why you should up your intake.
Vitamin C fights free radicals
One of the biggest anti-ageing benefits of Vitamin C is fighting against free radicals. These toxins are released as the natural byproducts of metabolising oxygen, and they can cause a lot of damage to your skin. Free radical damage can result in cell breakdown, which leads to premature signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, and Crow’s Feet. The good news is that the antioxidants found in Vitamin C can fight the effects of this damage, helping us hold onto our youthful, glowing skin. So add a few more strawberries to your breakfast smoothie!
Prevents damage from UV rays
Another benefit to Vitamin C is that it can prevent the damage from harmful UV rays. That’s because it thickens the dermis layer of the skin, which is made up of elastin and collagen. By preventing damage against harmful UV rays, we can spend more time in the sun with our friends and family. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t apply sunscreen on a regular basis. No matter how much Vitamin C you consume, you should still practice good sun safety. Stay hydrated, wear sunglasses and a hat, and avoid the sun during its peak.
Boosts collagen production
Forget facelifts and expensive face creams. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, which fends off dry and ageing skin. Collagen is our natural protein which keeps our skin strong and elastic. As we age, our bodies produce less of it, meaning our skin starts to look dull, dry, and wrinkled. Vitamin C can speed up the production of collagen as we age, reducing the appearance of those lines. Pro tip: brussels sprouts are a great source of Vitamin C.
Reduces the appearance of scars
Suffer from acne scars? The chances are that you’ve used harsh chemicals on your face to reduce their appearance. Perhaps you wear more makeup to cover your imperfections? The good news is that there’s a natural alternative to try. By upping your Vitamin C intake, you’ll notice an improvement in the appearance of those scars. As we’ve just touched upon, Vitamin increases collagen production, which can accelerate the healing of acne scars. Start young, and you’ll be able to reduce the appearance or even permanently remove your scars.
Brightens your complexion
Do you want a natural glow? Vitamin C can help. That’s because it contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can even out your skin tone and reduce redness in your face. This, in turn, makes your skin look brighter and more youthful. Pair this with increased water intake, and you’ll be able to transform the appearance of your skin in a few weeks. Go without makeup and document your progress with daily selfies; you might just be surprised.
From age spots to blotchy skin, hyperpigmentation is a common concern amongst women, and though most of these blemishes are covered over with makeup, it’s possible to remove them entirely with Vitamin C. By applying it to your skin in the form of a face mask or serum, you’ll reverse dark spots. That’s because vitamin C can inhibit the production of the enzyme tyrosinase. Vitamin C also acts as a natural brightening agent, meaning it can reduce the appearance of spots without changing the colour or tone of your skin. It’s pretty versatile!