A staple of ancient beauty, vitamin C has been long since known as an essential component in skin care. Throughout history women have always found ways to enjoy the anti-ageing effects of Vitamin C on their skin. Stretching all the way back to the Tang Dynasty in Tibet (618-907 AD) women who wanted to stop signs of premature ageing would rub sea buckthorn on their hands and face.
The golden-orange berries of the sea buckhorn plant yield a deep-coloured oil that is a major source of vitamin C. And bringing it back to 2017 modern medicine has come to understand why Vitamin C was praised so much by ancient civilisations. When topically applied Vitamin C rejuvenates your skin by improving collagen synthesis and limiting skin damage from free radicals.
Collagen is a structural support protein that is essential for that luscious, plump skin. Overall, the amount of collagen in the skin tends to decrease as we age. This an ongoing process that is accelerated by a number of environmental factors like smoking, free radicals, inflammation and sun damage. As our synthesis of new collagen slows down, topically applying vitamin C is one of the most effective ways to boost collagen synthesis and slow its break down.
Humans and a few other species lack the ability to produce the vitamin C that is so vital for beautiful, healthy skin. To make things even more challenging, vitamin C is water-soluble. Consequently, a great deal of the vitamin C we ingest gets excreted rapidly.
Applying vitamin C to the skin is 20 times more effective than oral ingestion. Simply using a product which contains vitamin C daily for three days can achieve optimal levels in the skin. It is also known that once a topical antioxidant is absorbed into the skin, it cannot be washed or rubbed off. So, even after stopping application, significant amounts of vitamin C will remain in the skin for up to three days.
Rejuvenating the skin by constantly replenishing vitamin C stores can therefore help maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, especially as we get older.
What you need to know:
The topical form of Vitamin C is called ascorbic acid, and it is known as the most important skin antioxidant and the magic ingredient behind flawless skin. It helps slow or reverse the effects of ageing boosting collagen production, helping to repair sun damage as well as giving skin firmness and strength.
Where to start?
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Vitamin C has a long history of health benefits, with the immune system, growth, development and wound healing. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, its involved in many bodily functions including formation of collagen, absorption of iron and the maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. As well as this, Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant, your best sources of it are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, kiwi and strawberries. They all help to produce collagen and strengthen the capillaries that supply the skin.