Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the inside: The effects of Vitamin C on the skin

I love this series of Beauty from the inside posts. Today I’m looking at the effect Vitamin C has on the skin. Vitamin C is the building block of collagen, the protein that gives the skin elasticity, structure and tone. It also protects the skin from free-radical damage which can lead to disease and on a smaller scale, free radical damage to the skin.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that our bodies don’t store it. We need to get enough vitamin C from our diet.  Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and repair of tissue. It is essential for healing wounds so if like me you are trying to get rid of that lingering pimple mark, get the juicer going.

Vitamin C can be found in:

  • Kiwi (Highest), oranges, mango, papaya, lemons, limes, grapefruits, papaya…
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc
  • Tomatoes

I have on occasion resorted to ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) supplement. According to researchers many of us are mildly deficient in it since our bodies can’t sythesise or store it. When I feel a cold coming on I always get a breakout, this tells me that my immunity is low. My immunity, or often lack there of, has a very obvious effect on my skin, epic breakouts. As a result I try to boost my immunity as best I can; exercise, balanced diet, water, sleep and plenty of vitamin C from my diet.

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  • Gemma

    I used to get horrendous cold sores, and tried every cream treatment available but they would still last for ages. Now I still use the cream but I take Vit C tablets when I get one and I reckon it halves the healing time. I also take supplements when I’m unwell to stop one forming and hardly ever get them now!

    • Amy

      @Gemma I do the same Gemma, vitamin C on the first day of a cold and it’s bye bye!

  • Reme

    So interesting – thanks Amy! I’ve always put my occasional breakouts down to stress, but perhaps being run down is the cause, I will try to increase my vitamin C intake going forward!

  • zoe

    In terms of skincare products I think your skin type influences which vitamins you see the most effect with. I have quite dry/dull skin sometimes and I find the Bodyshop vitamin C range to be amazing! Much better than their vitamin E products. The facial spritz in particular leaves my skin really revitalised and glowy, I’d definitely recommend! x

  • shakespeareandstilettos

    great post! when i think vitamins & skin i usually think vitamin E rather than C, so this is definitely enlightening…i really enjoy your beauty from the inside posts! :)

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