Growing up, my father always told me to start the day with a glass of orange juice as it was a good source of Vitamin C. However, the idea of applying Vitamin C topically never came to mind. When a girlfriend of mine recently told me about how great Vitamin C was for your skin, I decided to dig a little deeper and find out why. Vitamin C has been used in skincare and makeup for many years so I apologize if I’m a little late to the punch. If you’re like me and this is news to you too, keep reading for all the amazing benefits of Vitamin C for your skin!
Uneven Skin Tone
Topically, vitamin C can help fade discolorations, scars, and is a natural skin brightener. It even helps with sun spots by encouraging cellular renewal. It’s basically telling your skin to make new cells to replace the damaged ones, and to do this at a more rapid rate.
Since vitamin C helps repair scar tissue and ligaments, it in turn helps the skin repair itself. This is beneficial for anyone who has scarring on their face or any other part of their body. You won’t see results immediately, but vitamin C has definitely helped the scars on my legs I got (a year?) ago.
Vitamin C helps the skin produce more elastin. Elastin is beneficial because it assists with retaining moisture as well as thickening the skin which leads to a more plump and smooth surface. Unfortunately, drinking a glass of OJ in the morning isn’t going to cut it. A lot of the vitamin C we intake doesn’t even make it to our skin. I have found that applying vitamin C topically is way more effective than taking a supplement, or simply drinking orange juice.
Pollution & Sun Protection
Vitamin C protects from the free radicals our skin endures from the sun and pollution – which definitely comes in handy when you’re like me and live in Los Angeles. It also aids in assisting your daily sunblock.
Collagen is what gives skin a plump, youthful appearance. Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen which reduces fine lines and keeps skin from sagging.