Do you take Vitamin C to ward off a cold or ward off wrinkles? Contrary to popular belief, research supports the benefits of Vitamin C for your skin far more than preventing the common cold. Even the British soldiers many centuries ago discovered the power of Vitamin C and used it to prevent scurvy, a disease that causes ulcers and bleeding under the skin among other symptoms. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is what the skin needs in order to produce collagen. Collagen is a protein that helps give your skin its firmness and aids in producing more blood vessels. Vitamin C also helps your body create scar tissue and helps the skin repair itself. Latest research further suggests that Vitamin C can be used to reduce sunburn and even prevent long-term sun damage. This is no excuse for daily sunscreen, as it does not prevent actual sun exposure, rather Vitamin C just helps to lessen the severity of sun damage.
How does Vitamin C help reduce wrinkles?
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is responsible for slowing the rate of free-radical damage. What does this have to do with wrinkles? Free radicals are the molecules that damage your skin’s collagen. Damaged collagen results in dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles. For those that have stubborn wrinkles or want to eliminate fine lines completely, a board certified dermatologist can help. Olansky Dermatology Associates of Atlanta offers the latest in cosmetic anti-aging services, including JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel and a full list of aesthetic facial peels and microdermabrasion services.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It makes sense to feed it with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and supple through all stages of life. When choosing your diet, try to include fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin C. Remember, your body does not store Vitamin C, so make sure you reach the recommended intake each day.