KSK Vitamin Series – Vitamin C

Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin

Vitamins and minerals are the essential nutrients required for proper functioning of our body. Among these, are some crucial vitamins without which body’s organs and their activity tend to deteriorate with the passage of time. Vitamin C is one of those essential nutrients, a vital molecule for skin health because of its ability to synthesize collagen. Health and appearance of skin tend to deteriorate in the absence of collagen because is function is to make skin firm, flexible and glowing.

Our skin contains higher concentrations of Vitamin C which supports important and well-known functions, from stimulating collagen synthesis to assisting in antioxidant protection against UV-induced photodamage. However, a research-based study conducted in The National Center for Biotechnology Information” concluded that

“Though Vitamin-C is naturally present in the skin, but the process of aging causes a decline in vitamin C content in both the epidermis and dermis. Excessive exposures to UV light or pollutants may also lower vitamin C content, primarily in the epidermis.”

A Treasure-Trove of Benefits

Applying Vitamin C topically is a great way to boost its intake, it can significantly raise the concentration found in the skin and increase its ability to have an effect.   One of the main benefits of vitamin C is its abundance of antioxidants. It’s a known fact that antioxidants help to fight against cancer. They protect the cells from free radicals, so they develop and repair without abnormalities.  Here are some of the benefits of using topical vitamin C daily.

Accelerated Collagen Production

Aging, like all other organs, affects skin in multiple ways. As we age, processes involved in skin slows down and so does its nutrient production. Due to reduced levels of Vitamin C, collagen production slows down causing skin to lose its elasticity and wrinkle formation. Tropical application of Vitamin C accelerates collagen production, making it firm, flexible resulting in younger healthier skin.

Neutralizes Toxins & Free Radicals

Our skin is prone to be affected by the toxins wandering around in our environment throughout the day. Free radicals from such toxins enter in our blood stream and alter many important functions. They also react with essential nutrients and deteriorate their effectiveness.  Topical Vitamin C absorbed by skin, enters blood stream and neutralizes such free radicals. Letting the body and skin function in their proper form.

Treats Hyperpigmentation

Due to UV exposure and sun damage, getting hyperpigmentation or dark spots is a great concern among all people irrespective of gender. UV exposure boosts melanin production (a pigment responsible for dark color). Studies have shown that Vitamin C inhibits the production of melanin, thus application of topical Vitamin C can aid in treatment of problems like Melasma or Sun spots/Age spots.

Promotes Wound Healing

Vitamin C boosts collagen production that is known for providing flexibility and firmness to skin. Not only this, increased collagen production also aids in accelerated wound healing by increased cell production. Tropical application of Vitamin C on daily basis improves its levels in the skin providing an improved resistance to UV exposure and thus healing the Sunburns.

Improved Skin Appearance & Texture

Skin exposure and usage of chemical products tend to spoil the appearance and texture of skin. Devoid of its vital nutrients, skin starts to get dry, flaky and even inflamed. Provided with one of its vital nutrients, skin functions in its best state. When applied topically, Vitamin Cpromotes skin cell turnover which results in improved skin texture and appearance.

Bottom Line

All such facts are enough to conclude the wonderfulness of Vitamin C. Like other organs, our skin also needs care and attention. By using vitamin C topically, skin tend to have reduced signs of aging, looking youthful and healthy.

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