Vitamin C is a vital molecule for skin health. The nutrient, often found in high contents mainly from citrus fruits, helps to form collagen which helps us retain the elasticity of our skin. It also acts as an anti-oxidant that protects us from the effects of environmental pollution such as ultraviolent (UV) rays and smoke.
Our skin naturally contains a high density of vitamin C under the layers of both the dermis and epidermis layer. However, some factors may cause a decline in the levels of vitamin C in our skin. This includes ageing as well as excessive exposure to UV light and pollutants.
Vitamin C helps to protect and maintain the healthy functions of your skin such as:
Excessive exposure to UV light can cause cell death and inflammatory reaction on the skin. This skin condition is known as ‘photo damage’.
Vitamin C limits the damage induced by UV light exposure. Although vitamin C is not a sunscreen, it helps to generate antioxidant activity in your skin that helps to prevent and treat UV-damaged skin.
Studies have shown that vitamin C may prevent and treat damaged skin caused by high exposure to UV light.
Oxidative damage is a prominent feature of ageing, resulting in a change of structure to the skin. Wrinkles and fine lines are the most conspicuous signs of ageing skin.
Vitamin C works as an anti-oxidant that regulates the synthesis of the structural protein, collagen. The role of hydroxylation is essential to maintain and support the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin.
Vitamin C also helps to tackle dark spots by slowing down the production of tyrosinaise, an enzyme that creates pigmentation.
When there is a wound, the vitamin C levels around the particular skin area will decease tremendously; hence slowing down the healing process of a wound.
Sufficient Vitamin C helps in the formation of collagen, which contributes to a speedy wound recovery.
Vitamin C strengthens newly built collagen which allows new tissue to stretch without tearing. People with open wounds often require sufficient amounts of vitamin C for proper immune function.
There are several reasons for dry and itchy skin, which includes skin disorders resulting from improper skin care.
Research shows that there is a relation between the intake of Vitamin C and the moisture levels of the skin. The higher the Vitamin C intake, the lower the risk of skin dryness.
Vitamin C is an essential part of skin health. Supplementing your diet and ensuring you have adequate amounts of Vitamin C in your immune system will help maintain the structure of your skin as well as prevent and treat skin problems.
Vitamin C is available in various forms such as tablets, chewable tablets, effervescent and liquid form encapsulated in soft gelatin capsules (‘softgel’). The liquid form is believed to be the most effective due to several factors:
1) FASTER ABSORBILITY: In liquid form, Vitamin C can be immediately absorbed without having to go through the breakdown process required by the other forms.
2) EASY CONSUMPTION: Children and the elderly who have trouble swallowing tablets or softgels will benefit most from the liquid form because of the convenience of liquid consumption.
3) CONCENTRATED FORM: Liquid Vitamin C is more concentrated because it does not have the fillers and binders that are needed to hold them together in a tablet form.
4) NO STOMACH DISCOMFORT: Rapid absorption prevents stomach acidity and protects the teeth from acidic erosion.