Sunday, March 22, 2015

Topical Vitamin C

As most people know, vitamin C is very important to human health because it helps fight off 

infection and boost a person’s immune system. It also helps the body produce collagen, a 

protein that maintains the elasticity, firmness and suppleness of skin. It helps activate collagen 

metabolism and dermal synthesis of elastic fibers. 

Collagen is reportedly the most abundant protein in the body, composing more than one 

third of all proteins, 75 percent of which is in the skin. Collagen is actually the main tissue that 

connects all parts of the body. 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps rejuvenate aged and photodamaged skin and low amount 

of collagen in the body will result to wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging.

Most fruits contain a considerable amount of vitamin C though this can also be taken orally in 

the form of a tablet. 

However, researches show that when taken orally, only a little amount of vitamin C will reach 

the skin. Added to that, vitamin C is water soluble so it is excreted rapidly.

The level of vitamin C in the body also decline with age, which will result to the appearance of 

wrinkles and age spots. 

But good thing skin care manufacturers have come up with topical vitamin c that can be applied 

directly on the skin to reverse the signs of aging.

Clinical trials show that vitamin C promotes the formation of collagen and lessens the effects 

of free radicals when applied topically, which help maintain firm and youthful skin because 

it is very effective in protecting the skin against photoaging. Free radicals are caused by 

environmental aggressors such as pollution, ultraviolet rays from sunlight, smoking, stress, 

radiation, excessive alcohol intake and even infection and intake of drugs.

Research shows that when applied directly on the skin, vitamin C protects the skin from 

ultraviolet damage caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. It also helps the skin restore its 

natural photoprotectant levels.

Based also on studies, topical vitamin C helps improve the appearance of skin by reducing 

wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging. It also protects the skin against sunburn due to 

prolonged sun exposure and it promotes healing of wounds because it helps stabilize collagen 

in the skin. 

Topical vitamin C also helps preserve the collagen that remains in the skin.

Dermatologists say that topical vitamin C produce higher concentrations once applied directly 

on the skin. It is even found to be 20 times more effective than when taken orally because once 

absorbed by the skin, it cannot easily be washed off. It will remain in the skin even up to three 

days. This makes topical vitamin C very effective, even if users will apply it for only three days.

However, daily application of topical vitamin C will give optimum results and rejuvenates 

the skin because it boosts the skin’s natural protection against free radicals, making the skin 

younger-looking and healthy. 

Once topical vitamin C is absorbed into the skin, it also helps regenerate vitamin E, a lipid-
soluble antioxidant that prevents oxidative damage in the lipid’s cell membrane.


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