Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid is found in different fruits and vegetables.
It’s good for health and skin:
- Reduces Blood Pressure – research has shown that taking vitamin C supplement can reduce a rate of cardiovascular disease, including stroke.
- Prevents cold – vitamin C reduces the risk of developing cold symptoms.
- Prevents skin ageing – it can reduce skin ageing and skin dryness.
- Reduces the risk of urinary tract infection in women.
- Boosts body’s ability to synthesize calcium.
- Helps the absorption of iron.
What Does Vitamin C do? – The Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin and can’t be stored in the body. That means you need to consume it from your diet every day. It helps to keep the cells healthy and protected. Since it’s involved in a production of collagen it helps to keep your skin younger and firmer. Vitamin C is an important nutrient that supports brain function, heal injuries and helps the body to recover from illness.
This potent antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.
Vitamin C for Skin
Did you know that our body needs vitamin C to make collagen? A protein that keeps the skin and other organs together and keeps the skin firm and toned. Collagen deficiency can keep the skin looking dull and lifeless.
Vitamin C is the most important ingredient used in skin care treatment. It provides the shield against the sun and protects from free radicals, environmental pollution and smoking.
The antioxidant in vitamin C acts as a shield from ultraviolet radiation and other negative effects of sun exposure.
When used topically it can lighten hyperpigmentation freckles, dark spots, dark under eye and acne scars.
Products that contain Vitamin C can help with skin texture by smoothing the skin and giving it a radiant glow.
DIY Homemade Vitamin C Face Mask
This easy homemade mask will help you lighten any skin discolouration over time.
- 1 tbsp of raw manuka honey ( you can use organic honey)
- 1/2 tbsp of vitamin C powder or freshly squeezed half of the lemon (instead lemon you can use smashed strawberries)
Mix all ingredients. Massage the mixture onto the skin and leave between 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and then end it with a splash of cold water.
All Sources of Vitamin C – Foods High in Vitamin C
- Citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit)
- Bell Peppers
- Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, chard, mustard greens
Vitamin C – Recommended Dosage
Doctors and nutritionists recommend Vitamin C intake of 70-90 mg per day (70-80 mg for a woman, 90 mg for man and around 100-120 for breastfeeding woman). Please consult your physician before taking any supplements.
Signs Of Vitamin C Deficiency
- Bleeding gums
- Bone pain
- Joint pain
- Feeling lethargic
Too Much of Vitamin C
A Large dosage of vitamin C can give you stomach pain, diarrhoea, and flatulence.
Do you use any Vitamin C products in your skincare?