Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient and an antioxidant necessary for vital functions in the human body. It helps protect and strengthen the immune system, and guard body cells from free radical damage; also helps produce collagen and promote wound healing.
Since the human body cannot make Vitamin C on its own hence it is important to take nutrient rich food to maintain good health.
Skin, one of the largest organs of the human body too needs vitamin C to protect, healing, and producing new cells. And therefore the Vitamin C-rich & Ascorbic acid-enriched skincare products have made their way to the market.
Vitamin C benefits for Skin –
The nutrient benefits the skin with its high presence in the inner and outer layer of the skin and helps
1. (Antioxidant) Prevent damage from environmental factors like pollution, Ultraviolet radiation, and reduce side effects of lifestyle habits like smoking on the skin.
2. (Collagen) Produce collagen in the skin. Collagen is a kind of a protein that makes up the major dry weight of the skin.
3. (Reduce hyperpigmentation) The natural vital nutrient interferes with an enzyme responsible for the production of melanin and lightens the skin. This reduces the hyperpigmentation condition in the skin.
Adequate vitamin C plays a vital role in the upkeep of the healthy skin as it also helps prevent early signs of ageing, heal and repair wounds, prevent dryness and keep the overall skin healthy.
Vitamin C sources – The supplement or the whole natural food?
Plants are the best source of vitamin C for the human body. The nutrient is found abundantly in fruits & vegetables like orange, lemon, grapefruit, Indian gooseberry, amaranth, broccoli, green pepper, red pepper, tomatoes, spinach, and other green leafy.
But many of us eating mostly the packaged – processed and frozen meals depend on supplements to fill the body nutritional needs including that of the skin. It’s really difficult to find out what we are actually ingesting/applying and where are these sourced from?
The different discoveries gave the human the ability to add and enrich the processed product with vitamins and minerals to boost its nutritional profile. When we eat/apply an orange we provide our body/skin with a host of nutrients- biological compounds that help the body/skin to break/process digest and absorb/make use of the nutrients. When we take a supplement that is a single – isolated compound extracted from food the body/skin may not absorb it safely and effectively.
Here’s how to incorporate Vitamin C in your skin care naturally without the supplements or extracts
Home remedies – Food rich with Ascorbic acid like spinach, orange, sweet lime, grapefruit, kiwi, berries, tomatoes, etc can be used as a 2-3 minute mask every evening after the thorough cleansing of the skin. Since Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble nutrient hence these fruit juices and pulp (water-based) will help deliver the nutrient to the skin.
Natural vitamin C ready to use food for skin – Steam distilled herb water/ark of Vitamin C -rich fruits & vegetables or say herbs are the potent and highly therapeutic source that functions far better than synthesized ascorbic acid found in face creams or serums.
Be it food for the body or for the skin, it is important to nourish it naturally to care for the body and our environment.