How Vitamin C Helps the Skin

April 4th, National Vitamin C Day, is a celebration of how we’ve benefitted from its nutritional magnificence. When most people think of vitamin C, they think of immune support, but there are many other benefits. In recent years, more and more products are being made with vitamin C. Let’s explore how vitamin C helps the skin.

Vitamin C’s Function in the Body

When we look at how our body uses vitamin C, we can clearly see its vital role in our overall health. These functions include:

  • Stimulating collagen production
  • Healing wounds
  • Repairing and maintaining cartilage, bones, and teeth
  • It functions as an antioxidant by neutralizing free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells at the genetic level.

Skin-Related Benefits of Vitamin C

Woman with face next to various citrus fruits

Warrior of free radicals, maestro of collagen, and aid to healing are impressive functions our skin can benefit from. Here are some more reasons why you may want to consider adding vitamin C to your skincare routine:

  • Improves the appearance of fine lines, texture, and skin tone
  • Minimizes redness and inflammation
  • Hydrates skin and helps prevent it from drying out
  • Improves elasticity for tighter, plumper skin

Picture of various foods rich in vitamin C

You can incorporate it into your daily routine by applying a vitamin C serum once or twice a day, after toner and before your moisturizer. You can also eat foods naturally rich in vitamin C that include:

  • Raw red peppers
  • Orange juice
  • Orange
  • Kiwi
  • Raw green peppers
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Cooked Brussels sprouts
  • Tomato juice
  • Cantaloupe

Daily morning skincare routine

National Vitamin C Day reminds us that sometimes small steps make a big difference when it comes to good skin health. A word of caution, though. Like many things in this world, too much of a good thing can also be harmful. So, if you’re thinking of incorporating vitamin C into your routine, talking with a dermatologist should be the first step. They are experts in skin conditions and can help determine if you could benefit from vitamin C and the safest way to do so.

Contact Texas Dermatology today at (210) 829-5180 or book an appointment through our online portal.

 

Sources:

https://nationaltoday.com/national-vitamin-c-day/

https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c-supplements-89083

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579659/