What Does Vitamin-C Do for Me?

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There’s always a wonder-supplement, the perfect product that is guaranteed to improve your skincare routine more than any other item. The catch is that these items are often artificial, or generally made in a lab. Fortunately, many natural vitamins and minerals can enhance your skin’s health like nothing you’ve experienced before. To many people’s surprise, one of these nutrients is Vitamin C. Though most associate this vitamin with immune health, its many uses expand to the outer regions of your body as well, especially in the form of skin protection and rejuvenation.

What is Vitamin-C?

Vitamin C is a natural mineral that you get from consuming everyday foods. You may recognize it in “Ingredients” labels under the name “ascorbic acid.” Regardless of what it’s called at any given time, this vitamin is essential to your overall health. It supports many different physiological systems, boosts your body’s ability to synthesize certain proteins like collagen, and, most importantly, strengthens your immune system.

Immunity support is what most people know vitamin C best for; yet, it doesn’t only improve the inside of your body. It works on the outside as well. As mentioned, the consumption of vitamin C helps your body produce collagen and fight off free radicals and stop cell damage as an antioxidant. These traits are perfect for your skin. According to the dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, “[Vitamin] C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process,” meaning that it assists in repairing damaged cells.  

After granting your skin new and enhanced abilities for the repair and protection of old and new cells, vitamin C will help your body defend itself against harsh UV (ultraviolet) rays. UV rays are one of the primary culprits in the development of skin cancer. So, as dedicated as you are to wearing sunscreen when you venture outdoors, you should pay the same attention to the regularity with which you consume foods containing vitamin C. 

Where to Get Vitamin C

Fortunately, this is a vitamin that is incredibly easy to find since it is packed into many different types of food. Some of the most readily accessible (and tasty!) foods that contain vitamin C include:

  • Red bell peppers
  • Kiwis
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tomatoes 
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Grapefruit

Of course, these foods represent only one way to get your daily vitamin C intake. If your primary reason for using this vitamin is for the health of your skin, you may want to try topical application instead. If this is the case, there are many reliable and natural skincare products awaiting your use.

You’ll know your skincare product is of good quality when you review the Ingredients label and see “ascorbic acid.” You can rest assured that this topical salve, lotion, or whatever the product may be, will protect you from UV rays and destructive free radicals that try to amok in your body. Take a close, careful look at your local lineup of skincare products and be sure to choose the one guaranteed to give you the best protection on all fronts: the one containing vitamin C.

 

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