It is essential because our skin cannot synthesize it. It must be obtained from our diet or applied topically. Vitamin C has a very short period of activity and must be replenished daily, both nutritionally and topically.
The Many Roles of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C performs many functions in the body. Most importantly, Vitamin C builds and strengthens tissues (connective tissues such as collagen, and vascular tissues such as blood vessel walls). A lack of Vitamin C makes connective tissues weak, which slows down wound healing and accelerates aging.
You may have heard of scurvy, a disease that long ago affected sailors. Scurvy is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C. In bygone years, orange marmalade was a staple part of a sailor's diet, providing a preserved source of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C also plays a role in the metabolizing folic acid and some hormones.
Vitamin C in Skin Care.
In skin care, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, quenching and combating the presence of free radicals. Skin is significantly less damaged when Vitamin C is applied before and after sun exposure. Vitamin C visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles and as such is included in many anti-aging products.
Collagen and Vitamin C
Collagen is a structural protein, which acts as a building block for healthy skin, bones, joints and connective tissues. Vitamin C boosts collagen levels, as it is a required nutrient for collagen production. Collagen requires Vitamin C and iron to form healthy protein fibres.
Vitamin C and Uneven Skin Tone
Vitamin C inhibits melanin formation (it is a tyrosinase inhibitor). Melanin is the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. An excess of melanin production can lead to hyperpigmentation or an uneven skin tone.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E - A Dynamic Duo
Another benefit of Vitamin C is its complementary role with Vitamin E. It is an essential companion to Vitamin E. Vitamin E can neutralize only one free radical at a time. It becomes inactive after neutralizing a single free radical. Vitamin C regenerates Vitamin E, by converting the inactive Vitamin E back into an active antioxidant form. This is why it is good to have both Vitamin C and Vitamin E together in a product.All of Skinlab Direct's Targeted Serums and Vitamin C+E Serum, contain Vitamin C in the form of Kakadu Plum, one of the world's richest and most potent sources of Vitamin C.
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