Monday, March 14, 2011

Vitamin C to your skin care regimen

schematic of human skinImage via Wikipedia
We've heard for years that Vitamin C is important for health and that it helps fight off colds and strengthens the immune system.  Today, with the kncreasing knowledge of antioxidants and the benefits that they provide, vitamin C is now becoming important in the care of the skin and in anti-agining skin care.

Why is Vitamin C important?  Let's take a look.

How your skin benefits from Vitamain C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is an important weapon in the arsenal against anti-aging skin care. Vitamin C is important in nearly all body processes: it can be found helping the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and tumor cells, it supports the cardiovascular system, as well as functioning as a primary ingredient of collagen.  Unfortunately, humans are one of the few animals that cannot produce Vitamin C on our own, so we must rely upon foods and outside sources to provide  this vital nutrient.

Your skin will benefit from Vitamin C through your diet, supplement, or when applied topically. When applied to the skin, Vitamin C stimulates cell renewal, collagen and elastin production and increases healthy circulation. Vitamin C also boosts your skin's natural immune properties and its can help minimize the damage caused by free radicals from the sun, pollution and smoking. Free radicals accelerate skin damage and the wrinkles associated with premature aging.


 Vitamin C can also help brighten the skin, reducing the discoloration of the skin that can occur from years of sun exposure. This is particularly interesting to women of color who note this problem with aging.  Vitamin C provides an effective non-chemical means of lightening those areas of discoloration.

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