Vitamin C for a Glowing and Healthy Skin

 

Vitamin C for a Glowing and Healthy Skin

Our skin is a reflection of the health of our internal body systems. Hence it is important to ensure a proper and balanced diet for glowing skin. Various studies have shown that Vitamin C is key in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancerstroke, and eye health. greater immunity to live longer.

Vitamin C is a hot topic, and it is buzzworthy because it has so many preventive and maintenance benefits. Today Vitamin C is being marketed by all beauty and wellness companies. Every beauty company has a special product line proclaiming the goodness of Vitamin C.

But Vitamin C discovery is not new or latest, for ages it is being used for its health benefit. Even before its discovery in 1932, nutrition experts recognised that something in citrus fruits could prevent scurvy, a disease that killed as many as two million sailors between 1500 and 1800.

 

Let us look into the benefits of Vitamin C for Skin.

 

  1. Vitamin C fights free radicals

Sunlight, stress, pollution, UV rays, and other environmental aggressors create free radicals in the skin that damage the dermis (the skin tissue that gives your skin its elasticity and strength), moisture barrier, cell functioning, and the skin’s texture and colour. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralizes these free radicals and protects the skin against environmental aggressors.

  1. Vitamin C for anti-aging

Vitamin C is a natural collagen booster that in turn improves your skin’s elasticity, texture, and quality making it look tight and young.

  1. Vitamin C brightens your complexion

UV rays and pollution are known to damage the skin by making it look dull, tired, and lacklustre. Vitamin C acts as a brightening agent that improves the appearance of dull skin by giving you a more even and bright complexion with a natural glow from within.

  1. Vitamin C reduces dark spots and hyperpigmentation

Vitamin C inhibits the pathway of abnormal production of skin pigments (melanin) to even out the skin tone and lightens dark spots, sun spots, acne scars, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation due to melasma.

 

Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that it dissolves in water and is delivered to the body’s tissues but is not well stored, so it must be taken daily through food or supplements.

One must include Vitamin C in one’s diet. Vitamin C is easily absorbed both in food and in pill form, and it can enhance the absorption of iron when the two are eaten together. But one must follow the medical professional guidelines on how much is an optimum amount needed to keep you healthy, and could taking too much be counterproductive? Vitamin C though has low toxicity and is not believed to cause serious adverse effects at high intakes.

Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato juice, and potatoes, papaya are major contributors of vitamin C. Other good food sources include red and green peppers, kiwifruit, broccoli and strawberries. Amla(gooseberry) is considered to be a rich source of Vitamin C

One must avoid prolonged cooking and storage of food as it reduces the vitamin C content because ascorbic acid is water soluble and is destroyed by heat. Steaming or microwaving may lessen cooking losses. Fortunately, many of the best food sources of vitamin C, such as fruits and vegetables, are usually consumed raw. Consuming five varied servings of fruits and vegetables a day can provide more than 200 mg of vitamin C.

AMLA-CARROT-BEETROOT Juice is a very healthy drink enriched with antioxidants, fibre and Vitamin C which one can easily include in the diet.

To prepare 2 glasses – take ½ beetroot, ½ carrot and 2 amlas. Cut and grind it in a mixer. Add 2 glasses of water. Leave it for 30 minutes, and then strain it. Add a few mint leaves for flavour. (optional)

 

 

 

SKINCARE

Vitamin C serums  – are very popular nowadays, and claim to give glowing, youthful skin. The best way to use it is to apply a few drops of vitamin C serum on freshly cleansed skin every morning, followed by moisturiser and sunscreen.

 

Strawberries in Face pack with their anti-oxidants, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties help to slow down the ageing process, treat burns, and offer the best form of UV protection. One can use the strawberry crush with milk cream or curd or Besan.

Orange Peel as Scrubber – Dry the Orange peel, make a coarse powder in Mixer and store it for months. This powder is a very good soft scrubber and also a face pack. To use – mix it with curd or Besan, gently scrub on the face and leave it to dry. 

Lemon Juice in DIY face packs  – Many YouTubers recommend using lemon juice in DIY face packs to lighten the blemish but there is more risk in the use of citrus fruits on the skin as they could leave you with bigger worries, like a second-degree burn. The psoralens in lemons and limes can cause a phototoxic reaction on your skin when it’s exposed to UV light. That means your attempt to fade a red spot could result in a big blister. The rash or burn, called phytophotodermatitis, often appears one to three days after you’ve gotten some sun — and it could last for months.

 

Give your skin a glow – take some vitamin C – say happy vitamin C every day. 

 

Tangy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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