Although many of us take vitamin C to prevent colds–not our greatest concern in the summer–there are other preventative qualities of this vitamin that are important for our skin, all year long. Vitamin C can improve the quality of your skin because it is essential to production of collagen in our skin.
Vitamin C and Collagen
The production of collagen production keeps skin looking and feeling plump, healthy, and elastic. In other words, youthful. Collagen is the most abundant protein in humans, and essential to forming strong connective tissue. Vitamin C is essential for the prevention of free radicals that form chains that attack collagen production.
Topical application of Vitamin C has been shown to provide protection from and to repair sun damage. Look for medical grade lotions with L-ascorbic acid as one of the ingredients. This type of Vitamin C has shown the best results for relief and protection from sun damage.
Skin care products containing vitamin C can improve your skin quality:
Strengthen your skin’s barrier
Work hand in hand with chemical peels and microdermabrasion for the best outcomes
Increase the effectiveness of sunscreen
Taking Vitamin C daily, as well as applying it topically may be the secret ingredient to improved skin. Look for ascorbic acid in the ingredients list on your medical grade skin care products.