We all know how Vitamin C is good for our health, right? As an antioxidant, Vitamin C is needed to protect cells and repair tissue in our body which is the main reason why it can help reduce the length of a common cold.
Among other functions, Vitamin C plays an important role in the formation and repair of collagen, but, what is collagen? Collagen is a protein that holds the body's cells together and a primary component of blood vessels, skin and bones. As we age, our body stops producing the much needed collagen that holds our skin cells together and wrinkles start to appear making our face look saggy and dry, but don’t you panic child! Even though we can’t avoid aging, we always can do it gracefully by staying healthy and beautiful.
Now that we know how important Vitamin C is for mammals -yes, that includes us-, let’s start by saying that ascorbic acid (the smart name for Vitamin C) is water-soluble, which means our body doesn’t store it and we have to supply it everyday. It is always a good idea to eat right, right? Let me tell you about these foods you might not even know that contain as much (or even more!) Vitamin C than the good old oranges:
- Bell Peppers
- Lemon and lime
- Cauliflower (yes!)
Infusing the skin
Besides eating the right foods, your skin can always use a little extra help to stay in good health.
Studies have shown that topical antioxidants are 20 times more effective on skin than oral ingested supplements.
Rejuvenating the skin by constantly replenishing vitamin C can help maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, especially as we get older. As an antioxidant Vitamin C offers protection against excess free radicals -smart word alert!- Free radicals are atoms that are highly reactive and can cause serious cellular damage which is the pathway for cancer and yes, aging. Free radicals are everywhere, the air, our body, food, medicines, scary right? And we make it worse when we smoke and drink alcohol.
Thankfully, antioxidants' role is to terminate this reaction before it damages molecules and cells die.
OK enough with the chemistry lesson, let’s go straight to what Vitamin C can do for your skin:
- Promote collagen production
- Improve skin's barrier response
- Reduce inflammation
- Protect against UV-related damage (Don’t forget to wear sunblock!)
- Diminish hyperpigmentation
- Help maintain young-looking skin
Do you C?
You can shop Karamel Cosmetics' Vitamin C products here:
Vitamin C System