The other day I was browsing a forum where one of the ladies wanted to share something that she noticed. To help boost her immune system, and help fight a stubborn cold, she loaded up on her vitamin C intake.
Taking in all of that vitamin C was supposed to help her recover from her cold, but instead, it gave her incredible skin that she had to rave about. Specifically, she noticed brighter skin that appeared smooth and poreless. Her hypothesis was that these changes were brought about by her copious intake of vitamin C. Since she wasn’t able to maintain her skin regimen while feeling sick, she believed the antioxidant intake make a huge impact on her skin.
Is she right?
We all know that using vitamin C infused serums could help brighten our skin. But what about taking it internally?
Here’s some information that sheds some light on the role of ingested vitamin C and the skin:
Both the dermis and the epidermis contain high levels of vitamin C. The epidermis (outer most layer of the skin) has a higher vitamin C content.
As we age, vitamin C levels on the skin will decline.
Excessive sun exposure also depletes vitamin C stores.
Taking vitamin C internally can help the skin combat photoaging (aging caused by the sun’s rays).
Vitamin C deficiency results in a skin condition known as scurvy.
Scurvy is essentially the breaking down of collagen and results in skin issues, receding gums, changes in our hair and poor wound healing.
A study determined that higher intake of vitamin C resulted in the healthier, younger appearance of the skin. This is the confirmation we need to support the woman’s claim that increasing her vitamin C intake could have caused the transformation of her skin.
Let’s not forget how important the role of vitamin C plays in collagen formation. It basically helps increase the levels of Type I collagen in the skin. It’s used directly in the collagen-building process. So whenever new collagen is formed, our vitamin C levels deplete. After helping to build collagen, vitamin C goes one step further to help protect it from attack by free-radicals. Basically, vitamin C preserves our bodies from breaking down.
It appears that vitamin C is well received when placed topically on the skin so if you don’t have a vitamin C serum, you need to get one, stat! But we need to take it a step further and make sure we’re eating a diet rich in vitamin C or supplementing at the very least. For those us who are fans of collagen supplements, we need to take our vitamin C intake seriously.
Let this woman’s testimony be a source of inspiration for us to make vitamin C a priority. Perhaps vitamin C can help take our skin to the next level. Not just during cold and flu season but all year round. And if you need more motivation, let me remind you that vitamin C can also help you reach your healthy weight goals as well.