As a kid, you were probably told to drink lots of orange juice because of the high amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been touted as a useful ingredient that helps with eye disease, immune system, and skin. In addition to these health benefits is vitamin c’s usefulness in those with weakened immune systems due to stress. Old wives’ tales likely claimed that the vitamin was a cure for the common cold. While it’s not a cure, it can help reduce your risks for developing complications like pneumonia while you are sick.
Besides all of these benefits, there’s a growing trend toward the use of vitamin c for skincare. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that higher vitamin c intake was associated with a “lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance, dryness of the skin, and a better skin-aging appearance.” So if you’ve been seeing more vitamin c serums and other skincare products lately, it’s for good reason.
An additional benefit that the skincare industry loves to proclaim is that vitamin c protects your skin from free radicals, which are molecules that promote premature aging. Free radical damage can occur due to our environment such as the sun, and pollution.
Vitamin C has been shown to help increase collagen protein synthesis to repair damaged skin. Two studies found that “higher intakes of vitamin C from the diet were associated with better skin appearance, with notable decreases in skin wrinkling.” And using vitamin C in a topical application “for at least 12 weeks has been shown to decrease wrinkling (21, 23, 25, 27), reduce protein fiber damage (25), decrease apparent roughness of skin (21), and increase production of collagen (26, 27). Topical vitamin C has also been shown to reverse some of the age-related structural changes in the interface between the dermis and the epidermis (22).” The studies do find that not all people showed the same effects, so benefits will vary.
Another useful benefit is that a higher intake of the vitamin has been correlated with a decreased risk of dry skin. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
Now how can you get more vitamin C into your skincare routine? There are plenty of vitamin C serums and topical creams on the market. It’s a good idea to ask your dermatologist about their preference. You can even ask during your next visit with us, we’d be happy to give you our recommendations.