Vitamin C: How is it beneficial for your health and skin?

 Vitamin C: How is it beneficial for your health and skin?

What is all that hype about Vitamin C these days? Application or intake? Which form of Vitamin C is safe? How to store Vitamin C? Is it safe? I am sure, if you are little into social media and moreover into health and skincare, you are the one who is already facing these doubts already. Every now and then there are some new introductions in the market and the latest one has to be Vitamin C. There are so many brands with their Vitamin C skincare ranges, Vitamin C supplements, which in a way is super confusing if you do not know what exactly is the utility of Vitamin C and also the benefits of tropical usage as well as intake.

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. In simpler terms, it is a water-soluble vitamin, which when consumed helps in normal growth and repair of tissues in the body which includes bone, cartilage, blood vessels and skin. When applied topically on the skin, it helps keep signs of premature aging at bay. On application to the skin, Vitamin C being acidic in nature triggers the skin to produce collagen and elastin which in turn helps keep skin glowy and radiant.

Vitamin C in health care:

Studies show that a daily dose of Vitamin C helps reduce the risk of heart disease, helps reduce blood uric acid level, helps prevent iron deficiency, boosts immunity, and much more. Our body can’t produce Vitamin C by itself and that’s the reason supplements of Vitamin C are required to meet the body's needs.

It is found in many fruits and vegetables like oranges, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, spinach, etc. heat and cooking can destroy some of Vitamin C, and thus for direct source of Vitamin C, raw food intake is best. But is it necessary to take Vitamin C tablets? The answer is No unless your doctor prescribes so. 

A balanced diet provides you the amount of Vitamin C that a body requires. And moreover, Vitamin C is that essential nutrient that the body needs in a small amount to work properly. Also, too much intake of Vitamin C can lead to hair loss, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, and mild nerve damage.

Vitamin C in skincare:

Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market. Vitamin C prevents dark spot formation and also helps in fading them out. You can use Vitamin C serum, which is best when used as p part of the morning skincare routine, sometime before stepping out in the sun so as to form an effective barrier and prevent sun damage. Vitamin C when mixed with Vitamin E provides the most effective protection of skin from damage due to the sun. One thing which is to be kept in mind is that Vitamin C actually breaks down when it's exposed to light or air, so Vitamin C should be stored in dark glass bottles to help maintain its stability (and therefore, efficacy). For dry skin, a lower percentage of vitamin C works well while a higher percentage concentration works for oily skin.

When to avoid Vitamin C?

If you are a person who has very sensitive skin or has active acne, it is better to avoid Vitamin C because of its highly potent nature.

Herein I have hopefully covered all your doubts with regard to Vitamin C and its usage. If you still have some doubts, do let me know in the comment section below, would be happy to help!

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