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Skin Health: How Does Vitamin C Help Your Body?

December 11, 2019

SKIN HEALTH: HOW DOES VITAMIN C HELP YOUR BODY?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is fundamental for your health, as it supports the body in various ways by protecting it from damage, rejuvenating skin cells, and keeping the skin looking more youthful.

Antioxidants and collagen synthesis are a few of the excellent benefits for skin found in vitamin C. Antioxidants can help vitamin C to shield the skin from environmental damage including the sun's damaging UV rays.

HOW DOES VITAMIN C HELP YOUR SKIN?

As your skin ages, the collagen production slows down, and your skin may begin to show some wrinkles and/or dark patches and dry skin. Vitamin C slows down this process to keep you looking younger for longer.

As the production of new collagen slows down, applying a topical vitamin C product is one of the most effective ways you can boost collagen regeneration and slow down the rate at which the cells degrade.

Studies have shown that topical vitamin C can stimulate the regrowth of new collagen cells and is 20 times more effective than vitamin C taken orally. 

SKIN HEALTH: COLLAGEN AND VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is commonly known to be sourced from eating fruit and vegetables such as guavas, oranges, kale, peas, mangoes, kiwis, strawberries, yellow bell peppers, and pineapple. Now that you know how to get more vitamin C in your diet, you should know that adding more vitamin C-rich products into your daily skincare routine can prove to have massive benefits for your skin health.

Collagen works with elastin to keep the skin firm and flexible. Collagen is the main connective tissue that holds all the bones and muscles together.

Collagen is made up of three amino acids: glycine, hydroxyproline, and proline.

  • Glycine: the smallest amino acid in your system has the simplest structure but is the farthest spread amino acid found in enzymes and proteins. It is present in the skin, connective tissues, and muscles.
  • Hydroxyproline: non-essential amino acid found in collagen and elastin, produced from another amino acid: proline.
  • Proline: helps to break down proteins in the body to use in healthy cells.

Hydroxylysine also found in collagen is modified from lysine. If your body is deficient in vitamin C, it's unable to produce hydroxylysine as it needs vitamin C as its cofactor for making collagen.

Levels of vitamin C decrease with age, adding vitamin C to your daily routine will help to replenish the lost vitamin C, thus replenishing new skin cells, evening out skin tone, and promoting healthy collagen production.

Once absorbed into the skin, the water-soluble vitamin can also help regenerate vitamin E that has been oxidized. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that’s also important for preventing oxidative damage.

VITAMIN C DEFICIENCY: SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Vitamin C deficiency is rare but can happen. The signs and symptoms to look out for if you think you may be suffering from a deficiency include:

  • Keratosis pilaris (also known as "chicken skin") – the skin on the backs of the arms and legs can take on a bumpy look where keratin protein has built up in the pores. This symptom will appear three to five months after vitamin C was inadequately processed in the body. Applying vitamin C topically will help clear up this issue.

  • Perifollicular haemorrhage (also known as red hair follicles)  the blood vessels at the surface of the hair follicle become brittle and burst to cause the redness of the follicles. Applying vitamin C products will clear up this issue within a few weeks.
  • Bruising easily – weak blood vessels under the skin can rupture and cause bruising with the slightest touch. Bruising easily and frequently is often the main symptom of vitamin C deficiency. A doctor should be consulted with this symptom.
  • Slow wound healing – as vitamin C is a collagen builder, being deficient in vitamin C can cause wounds to take a lot longer to heal than they would normally. Severe cases of vitamin C deficiency have seen old wounds reopen, increasing susceptibility to infection.
  • Bleeding or painful joints – the collagen around the muscles of the joints become painful due to the degrading collagen cells. Bleeding in the joints can lead to swelling and excessive pain. Both symptoms can be eased by adding vitamin C to your daily routine.
  • Bone health – a well-known symptom of vitamin C deficiency is weak or brittle bones. In children, the deficiency can cause growth problems if not dealt with promptly.
  • Poor immune system – deficiency of vitamin C can lead to your immune system being compromised. Having a low immune system can lead to infections, and even cause severe illness such as pneumonia.
  • Chronic inflammation – as vitamin C is the powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals, its powerful abilities can reduce inflammation.

TOO MUCH VITAMIN C: SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Taking too much vitamin C can lead to minor symptoms, but because it’s a water-soluble vitamin, the symptoms are uncommon. Signs and symptoms that you’ve taken too much vitamin C can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Backache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Dental cavities
  • Fatigue
  • Redness of the face

Most of these symptoms are easily recognized in adults. If children have too much vitamin C, it will usually show up as a skin rash anywhere on the body.

VITAMIN C FOR HEALTHY HAIR

Vitamin C is one of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for hair growth, but being a non-essential tissue, the hair follicle is the last tissue to benefit from any nutrients in the body.

Using vitamin C products on your hair helps the absorption of iron. If the body is lacking in iron, your hair may begin to fall out or cease growing past a specific length. Vitamin C can stop this from occurring and help your hair grow long and healthy.

Low levels of vitamin C can result in damaged hair follicles, dry and brittle hair, hair loss, and stunted growth of your hair. Applying a vitamin C-rich hair product topically has a greater effect than taking vitamin C orally!

Health benefits of using vitamin C-rich products for your hair:

  • Prevent split ends
  • Less gray hairs
  • Boost in hair growth
  • Prevent hair loss/thinning
  • Dandruff control
  • Thicker hair
  • Healthier hair

VITAMIN C AND ACNE

An increase in collagen production from using vitamin C skincare products can improve acne scars and regenerate the skin cells to leave a clearer complexion. The boost in collagen reactivates the decaying cells that produce scar tissue and regrow into new cells with less scarring. 

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