When you think of Vitamin C, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a big glass of orange juice. Clementines, tangerines, Valencia oranges and other citrus fruits are rich in these ascorbic acids, helping to repair and regenerate tissues from the inside out. They also boost iron absorption to prevent anemia and is chock-full of antioxidants to avert cell damage – including the four types of skin cells located in the epidermis: keratinocytes, melanocytes, Merkel cells and Langerhans cells.
When administered topically or ingested orally, Vitamin C boosts skin health in the following ways:
- Regulates the synthesis of collagen proteins to sustain firmness and stability
- Provides photoprotection by preventing and treating ultraviolet (sun) damage
- Promotes wound healing by limiting free radical damage, encouraging keratinocytes to strengthen skin’s outer layer
- Promotes the synthesis of barrier lipids, which reduce hydration and moisture loss¹
Foods Rich in Vitamin C
The recommended daily dose for adults varies between 65 to 90 milligrams. One standard-sized orange delivers about half of recommended intake. Consider the foods that offer the most Vitamin C per serving:
In addition to changing up your diet or taking supplements, integrating Vitamin C into your skin care routine encourages a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion. When applied topically, it helps treat and prevent the symptoms of aging and hyperpigmentation, as outlined in a study on the Indian Dermatology Online Journal.² You can use serums, infused moisturizers, cleansers and facial sprays for direct absorption.
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