Serums and vitamins are becoming all the more popular in the skincare world. With ten million different ingredients in varying forms of lotions and potions, it can be hard to understand exactly what your skin needs.
A good starting point for any skincare beginner is vitamin C. Vitamin C is a multi-benefit antioxidant that every human needs in order to be healthy. The best part? You do not even need expensive bottled products to get your daily dosage! Vitamin C is easily found in the foods we eat every single day.
Vitamin C benefits your body as a whole; in fact, a deficiency is so serious that it is considered an actual illness, known as scurvy. Yes, the pirate illness. Scurvy is characterized by anemia, bleeding gums, tooth loss, joint pain, fatigue, and a host of skin issues ranging from acne to lesions and flaking.
It is definitely serious and can cause lasting damage to your body. Vitamin C is known to limit absorption of the sun’s harmful rays, increase the skin’s moisture levels, cause wounds to heal faster, and reverse the signs of aging (wrinkles and damage to the skin).
Amazingly, vitamin C also has been shown to protect the body from free radicals, elevate collagen production to improve the elasticity of the skin, and even reduce the inflammation of acne spots.
In the average person, adequate levels of vitamin C can be found within normal dietary efforts. When you think of vitamin C, you likely imagine tons of citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes. While these are incredibly valuable sources, it is not hard to find fruits and veggies with even higher antioxidant levels!
Strawberries, for example, pack in an incredible eighty five milligrams of vitamin C per single cup, along with a beneficial dose of blood sugar stabilizing manganese. Elevated blood sugar levels can cause inflammation and make acne symptoms much worse so strawberries are a sort of double down tandem attack against zits and redness!
If you are looking for a savory option, bell peppers pack quite the punch when it comes to vitamin C content! They are also quite high in beta carotene and have been known to even potentially lower the risk for strokes and heart disease.
If you are really looking for a vitamin C pick me up, yellow bell peppers are the way to go with red being a close second. Green ones are still good but do not have quite the same high impact as their yellow and red counterparts.
The popular tropical fruit Guava is also an excellent source. Clocking in about one hundred and twenty six milligrams of vitamin C per one guava fruit, meaning one fruit has two days worth of the good stuff in it. Guavas are so incredibly full of vitamin C that a single half will get your entire requirement for 24 hours!
Aside from eating them as is or juicing them, you can also make a super refreshing salad from sliced guava, cucumber, beet, carrot, and apple. Guavas truly are the epitome of a superfruit!
If you suffer from a deficiency or otherwise have difficulty working in enough vitamin C, dietary supplements are perhaps a good idea. After consulting with a doctor, pick up a vitamin C supplement that best fits your needs and set reminders to take it regularly.
Vitamin C supplements can be found in forms to fit every lifestyle, ranging from gummies to traditional pills to liquid drops. Topical versions also exist for skincare purposes and have been known to have a positive impact on acne and acne scarring, as well as hyperpigmentation.
Keeping a balanced level of vitamin C in your life can be incredibly beneficial, especially if you find yourself struggling with skin quality woes.