Based on research for the cure to scurvy, Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster and healer for the body. There are many other benefits to internal supplementation and topical application of this powerful vitamin. To name a few:
Vitamin C is a water-soluble KEY network antioxidant, working in the watery part of every cell to boost environmental protection and maintain a healthy free radical population in the body. Vitamin C works synergistically with Vitamins A and E, Alpha Lipoic and CoQ10 to form the KEY Network of powerful antioxidants. The role of vitamin C for prevention of UV damage and photoaging is well studied, making it an essential ingredient in skincare for preventing premature wrinkling and hyperpigmentation. For more information on Network Antioxidants, read “The Antioxidant Miracle”, by Lester Packer (LINK).
Vitamin C works as an anti-inflammatory when applied to the skin topically, as well as internally. Research shows that Vitamin C, along with Vitamin E, reduces inflammation while reducing free radical damage. Not hungry for fruits and veggies yet? This recent article from TIME Magazine delves into reasons why chronic inflammation is linked to premature aging and disease.
Vitamin C stimulates the healing mechanisms of the body – making it a great wound healer and skin rejuvenator. It boosts the adrenal glands, which control mineral and electrolyte balance, healing, immune response, and cellular metabolism and release of glucose from the liver. As stated below, this vitamin also supports healthy collagen production which enables healing in the body.
Vitamin C boosts collagen production. This is a big one folks. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body – and VERY important for healthy, beautiful skin. In order to improve skin texture and tone, new collagen needs to be produced.This production of collagen is also necessary for strong bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons, as it forms the connective tissues that support them. I can’t say it enough: In order to correct damaged skin cells, you need to provide your skin the necessary ingredients to make healthy collagen. Vitamin C is vital in this process.
Unfortunately, we are incapable of making our own Vitamin C internally, as many other mammals can do easily. So, we need to get it from our diet. For the sake of the skin, we should be applying it topically as well.
Almost every fruit or vegetable contains at least trace amounts of Vitamin C. Some highly concentrated foods include papaya, red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupes, kiwi fruit, cauliflower, and kale. If you want the exact amount of Vitamin C in each food source, check out this table.
If you refuse to eat your fruits and veggies, supplementation may be needed. Most food-based multivitamins contain enough for recommended daily dosage. However, in order to maintain a healthy body and beautiful skin, 40% of your daily diet should come from colorful veggies (and a small percentage of fruits.)
In order for Vitamin C to be truly effective, large amounts need to be seen in the skin. Research has shown that topical application of this water-soluble vitamin is more beneficial than internal supplementation alone. Both is preferred since Vitamin C works with internal organs and tissues to keep them healthy as well.
For topical application, the fat-soluble form of Vitamin C-ester (ascorbyl palmitate) is best as it is readily absorbed by your skin. If you can get this in a fatty, or oil based formula – like Topical C by Sanitas – that’s even better! It is especially important after washing your face or showering as tap water contains harsh skin aging minerals and chemicals like fluoride and chlorine.