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.