The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 65 to 90 milligrams a day, but it can't be stored in the body so you need it in your diet daily. Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, including broccoli, oranges, potatoes and strawberries. It is an important nutrient for overall health, but little actually reaches the skin when it’s eaten. So, it’s good to know that it can be worked in to your skincare regime—from morning cleansing to bedtime moisturising.
C's many faces and functionsIncluded in your daily skincare regime, vitamin C provides wide ranging benefits, from evening out your skin tone, protecting against free radicals, improving hydration and keeping your skin looking younger for longer.
“I love topical vitamin C”, says Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Anamica Prasad at Faciem Dermatology. “Its ability to regulate cellular function means it can improve your skin in a number of ways. It is a potent antioxidant fighting free radical damage, and so provides photo protection, although you must also combine it with sunscreen for optimal sun protection. It increases collagen synthesis, prevents collagen degradation and has anti-pigmentary properties by reducing melanin synthesis.
“To obtain and deliver these benefits to the skin I advise stabilised topical vitamin C, as not all vitamin C products are created equally. It can be hard to package and is often unstable in skincare. Once exposed to air and sunlight it begins to break down, and often by the time people apply vitamin C it’s of a very low percentage. I advise using a high medical grade product that will remain stable and bio-active to give you these wonderful benefits.”
More versatile than you may think, this skin-saving nutrient comes in many forms, and can be used in a targeted way to address specific skin issues—extra to its general appearance enhancing benefits. Whether your concern is sensitivity, dryness, oiliness or repair, there is a vitamin C treatment for you.