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Friday, 31 May 2013 10:56

The Skin's Guide to Vitamin C

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Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is a crucial ingredient for health and one of the most effective nutrients for your body.  We all remember our mothers Vitamin C recommendations to battle sniffles and colds growing up, but this well known ingredient isn’t just meant for flu season. Vitamin C plays a massive role in keeping you healthy and especially maintaining your skins health.

This vitamin is water soluble (it absorbs through the water in your body), but unfortunately our bodies do not have the ability produce Vitamin C so it’s necessary to incorporate it into our diet to reap its benefits. Because Vitamin C is water soluble, excess amounts consumed are flushed out by your kidneys.

Vitamin C strengthens your body’s immune system, protects against heart disease, and even helps treat iron deficiency, but how does it help the skin?

There are five main types of collagen, skin being made up of one of the most abundantly found types in the body. Without being too scientific, without Vitamin C present the formation of collagen is disturbed. Collagen, a protein, not only helps the growth of cells but also is responsible for the formation of strong, firm, and youthful skin.

While Vitamin C aids in the formation of collagen, it also helps the skin repair itself. Free radicals, unstable molecules in the environment, cause aging by damaging collagen which results in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Vitamin C is vital in slowing the rate of free radical damage and can even reverse the damage done when added as a topical in your skin care routine.

When looking for a skin care product to nourish your skin, fight free radicals, and promote collagen production, check the labels for L-Ascorbic Acid (a derivative of Vitamin C)for topical Vitamin C that will penetrate your skin layers.  This can be found in cleansers,serums, and facial peels and incorporating them in your skin care can even reverse some of the damage already done to your skin.

Give your skin an extra boost of Vitamin C with aVitality C+ Facial that replenishes your skin’s Vitamin C levels and protects against sun damage, brightens a dull pigmented complexion, and boosts your production of collagen. With a combination of Ascorbic acid infused products and a Vitamin C facial peel, you’re skin will be rejuvenated and glowing post treatment.

Keep your skin in top health by incorporating the antioxidant Vitamin C in not only your diet by eating citrus fruits and vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, but also in your skin care routine as well with active products infused with Ascorbic acid!