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Nutrition & Body

Vitamin C your skin

Author - Daniel D'cruz
Nov 6, 2020

For years, experts across the world have stressed on the benefits of vitamin C for skin. Concerns like pigmentation, acne scars, uneven skin tone and dullness have all found relief with this magic vitamin.

So what’s all the hype about?

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid as is its scientific name is important for the growth and development of many body tissues. It helps in the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, wound healing and maintenance of bone and cartilage.

The epidermal and dermal layers of your skin contain high concentrations of Vitamin C. However, physical factors like sunlight, pollution, smoking and aging, can deplete these concentrations. As a result, consumption of Vitamin C is important. It acts as a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals.

Free radicals - the villains in this context, are on a destructive quest to become stable, so they are ready and willing to snatch an electron it comes across, including DNA, skin proteins, connective tissues, and cell membranes. The more you can quench the free radicals' thirst for stability, the better your skin will be protected. Vitamin C has the power to fight these free radicals and thus, prevents the skin from damage.

What’s more? An important property of Vitamin C is its anti-inflammation benefit. Inflammation is your body's response to bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances. White blood cells release chemicals into the blood that increase the blood flow to the inflamed area.

This is the reason you experience redness, warmth, swelling and pain at the site of inflammation. Vitamin C reinforces the skin’s natural barrier (stratum corneum) and reduces inflammatory responses in the skin.

All in all, along with it’s immunity boosting benefits, Vitamin C is a highly rewarding vitamin that can improve your health.