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Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that plays an important role in keeping your skin healthy, your immune system strong and your stress levels under control. One nutrient can do all that? Absolutely! In today’s blog post, we’ll be sharing the latest discoveries linking Vitamin C to glowing, radiant and healthy skin!
Topical vitamin C is clinically proven to have a wide range of clinical applications thanks to its antioxidant, antiaging, anti-pigmentary properties. Not only is it a nutritional powerhouse, but Vitamin C also helps; in the production of collagen (our skin’s structural integrity), heal wounds, even skin tone, brighten up the complexion, reduce the appearance of dark spots, maintain and repair damaged skin and cartilage, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and prevent premature aging.
Naturally, when you think of Vitamin C benefitting your skin, you expect to be handed a lotion or potion. In this case, we might hand you an orange or red bell pepper. As easy as it is to simply rub a moisturizer or serum on your face, your body misses out on the nutritional benefits that Vitamin C has to offer. This is why we will be focusing on how to get that glow from the inside out!
Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties make skin more elastic and resilient, helping conceal the blood vessels underneath your eyes which can appear as dark circles after a poor night’s sleep.
Vitamin C is absolutely essential for producing collagen in the body. Collagen is the building block of skin, hair, muscles, and tendons, and it is what keeps our skin looking youthful and smooth. As we age, collagen production slows down, which may lead to sagging skin.
Hyperpigmentation is a common condition often described by the development of darker spots on the skin. It is most often caused by high exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays and environmental stresses.
The outer layer of our skin, the epidermis, is dependent on moisture and hydration to prevent it from drying out. Without sufficient moisture, the skin starts to dry out, which leads to itchy, scaly skin and premature aging. Because Vitamin C is found in predominantly water-rich foods and Ener-C Multivitamin Packets that require mixing with water, it is a surefire way to keep your body hydrated and looking ageless! Vitamin C is also clinically proven to help skin retain water, keeping it plump and smooth and preventing it from becoming too oily or dry. Researchers have also found that individuals supplement with vitamin C show significant and sustainable improvements in skin hydration, elasticity, and roughness.
We all want smooth and even-looking hydrated skin. Blotchy, uneven, and red skin can result from a number of factors, including inflammatory skin conditions, hormones, sun exposure and medical conditions. Research shows that Vitamin C minimizes redness thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and helps mend damaged capillaries that cause skin redness, creating a smoother, more even complexion. Now that’s a win-win!
There are plenty of foods rich in vitamin C including; oranges, broccoli, strawberries, sweet potatoes, goji berries, red bell peppers and kale. And while it’s true that you can get plenty of Vitamin C by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, you'll also benefit from Vitamin C supplementation with a supplement like Ener-C Multivitamin drink mix. Providing a high dose of Vitamin A, C, E, B6, B12 and Zinc - it's all of the elements one needs to bust stress in its tracks and give your skin the glow you're after.
By Lindsay Mustard. Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist, firefighter-in-training and recipe-wizard with a burning passion for health and fitness. In her nutrition practice, Lindsay works with clients to craft a unique plan that is tailored to their specific health goals using a natural, whole food and supplement approach.