Vitamin C and Skin Health

By Hannah Leinbach Callaway / Intern

What more can be said about vitamin C? This already-famous vitamin is well known to be essential for our health and nutrition. For those of you who might need a refresher on this superstar vitamin, here are some quick facts, courtesy of the National Institute of Health:

  • As an antioxidant, vitamin C protects our cells from being damaged.
  • Vitamin C helps the body to make collagen, a protein that is essential for healing wounds.
  • Vitamin C improves iron absorption.
  • To maintain a strong immune system, take the suggested dose of vitamin C.
  • Adult males require 90 mg of vitamin C per day and adult females require 75mg.
  • Vitamin C can be found primarily in citrus fruits, as well as in other fruits and vegetables (such as strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli).
  • Research shows that an adequate intake of vitamin C helps to reduce the risk of  cardiovascular diseases, cataracts, and many other medical conditions.

Did you know that vitamin C is also good for your skin? Other antioxidants usually steal the spotlight when it comes to skincare, but recent research shows that vitamin C can lead to improved skin protection and regeneration.  In a study conducted at the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, subjects who took the recommended amount of vitamin C experienced less skin damage from UV rays and enjoyed overall healthier skin. Vitamin C also assists in anti-aging efforts, helping to ease wrinkles and other signs of aging. This vitamin increases the synthesis of collagen in the body and leads to prolonged vitality.

Vitamin C can be absorbed through certain foods (see above) and supplements, but can also be applied topically. With a high enough vitamin C concentration, some products can immediately affect your skin after gently rubbing a small amount on the surface. Lip treatments and moisturizers are particularly popular.

How do you get your share of vitamin C: Orange juice? Multivitamin? Something else? Leave a comment and let us know!

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