Vitamin C has countless benefits for the body. The body can't produce it all by itself, and need you to feed it with what it needs. The benefits of vitamin C include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular diseases, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.
But you can secure a better future for your skin, without needing to consume a bag of oranges daily.
Positive Health Wellness discusses the positive effects of applying topical vitamin C regularly, adding that it's packed with antioxidants, which help protect our skin against free radicals like toxic chemicals and pollutants like cigarette smoke, which lead to a faster ageing skin. Free radicals also damage collagen, which ultimately keeps our skin looking plump and young.
Local dermatologist, Dr. Nomphelo Gantsho says that ascorbic acid, also known as L-ascorbic acid, has the most skin-related research of any form of vitamin C. It’s the form of vitamin C that is used most often as a topical application.
When properly formulated, ascorbic acid helps create younger-looking, firmer-feeling skin while signs of uneven skin tone and spots seem to disappear. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health.
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Dr. Gantsho also notes that studies have found that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance, dryness of the skin, and a better skin-aging appearance.
Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may even help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.