Sale and Altrincham Messenger 11 July 2013
VITAMIN C…….great for healthy looking skin
Q – I know that Vitamin C is meant to be good for you, but I keep hearing that it is especially good for the skin. Why is this, and can I just take it as a supplement? Anon
A – Vitamin C has indeed been shown to be wonderful for the skin, but unfortunately taking a tablet or drinking orange juice doesn’t increase the amount in the skin beyond normal levels. To be effective, Vitamin C therefore needs to be applied to the skin topically, by way of a cream or serum.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and so helps to protect us from the harsh effects of the environment, such as UV rays and pollution. However it also plays a vital role in the production of collagen and elastin, two of the key components in keeping the skin firm and plump. It also has very beneficial effects in terms of reducing pigmentation, inhibiting the production of excess melanin (the substance in our skin which gives us colour, but can cause sunspots). It is particularly relevant to current and former smokers, as smoking can quickly deplete the body’s supplies of essential vitamins (including Vitamin C).
Of course not all Vitamin C serums are the same, with some offering greater levels of absorption, greater penetration, and the ability to nourish the skin for longer. Some product ranges also come in a choice of concentrations, so can be selected in order to suit different skin types. I use a Vitamin C serum myself, on a daily basis, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.