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Vitamin C only cures colds

Published: Tue January 29, 2013
Categories: The Myth Minx
Tags: antioxidants, ceramides, Colagin., Dehydration, Fiona Tuck, hormone, How To Use Vitamin C, Inadequate Moisturiser, ingredients, myth, nutrients, oils, omega-3, skincare, Vitamin C Uses

For many, Vitamin C is often over looked as only being a cure for colds. However, Vitamin C is a critical ingredient in combating the signs of ageing and is well worth considering as a crucial ingredient in your (or your clients) skincare routine. Amongst all the numerous kinds of vitamins available from food and supplement sources, it is Vitamin C that garners the most attention with its anti-aging function as the most attractive for your skin. We may not be able to stop the process of aging – in fact, we should embrace it as an opportunity for growth – but we can definitely age as gracefully as possible. Scientific studies have shown that Vitamin C helps in repairing damaged skin brought by various factors like injuries, exposure to pollutants and toxins as well as from natural aging itself. Research also suggests that it may lessen the severity of sunburns brought by ultraviolet B radiation exposure.  This means that Vitamin C can prevent the consequences of long-term exposure to the sun that, in turn, leads to skin cancer. Ascorbic acid can be found in natural foods like green peppers, citrus fruits and juices, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, turnip greens, broccoli, and other leafy greens as well as sweet and white potatoes. However, you may not be getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin C in your diet before you apply them. This ensure maximum product freshness and efficacy. If a vitamin C product is yellow or brown then stay away, a classic sign that it has already begun to oxidise and lose potency. So, what exactly is Vitamin C?  It is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that it can easily dissolve in water and then excreted from the body through urine.  As a result, we all need a continuous supply of ascorbic acid in our diet both from food sources and nutritional supplements. In this case, you can take nutritional supplements that take many forms – conventional tablets and capsules; effervescent and chewable tablets; syrups and drops; powders and granules; ampoules and even prescription injections. It is essential for healthy collagen production and therefore is necessary to maintain firm, wrinkle free skin and prevent capillary damage and diffuse redness. Imagine cutting an apple in half and leaving it out on a bench. It will begin to turn colour and eventually will crinkle and turn brown. This is what is happening very slowly to our skin on a daily basis. Poor diet through and unhealthy lifestyle factors. For example: Putting lemon juice on cut fruit (high in vitamin C) slows down the browning process and guess what, that's exactly what apply vitamin C topically to the skin does too. Dull skin, pigmentation, premature ageing and dilated capillaries are all a sign of a skin screaming for more vitamin C. Look for a concentrated powder form of pure L.Ascorbic acid that can be mixed in with your regular skin products. There are also topical skin care applications with vitamin C.  Facial and body washes, exfoliants, lotions and moisturisers are also available. How do you know how much Vitamin C to use? It depends on factors like age, sex and physical condition of the individual.  For males, 90 mg is the optimal amount while females can aim for 65 mg per day.  You should also add 65 mg if you are a smoker (as it dulls your skin). Pregnant women are advised to limit their daily Vitamin C dosage to 85 mg to avoid newborn complications while nursing women should take 120 mg daily. Take note that these dosages are the minimum amounts for disease prevention – as much as 300 mg to 500 mg will be recommended but ask your doctor first. As for topical applications, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.  You want to balance optimal effects with lesser side effects. ALWAYS remember to take Vitamin C in its recommended forms and dosages.  It also helps to purchase from reputable manufacturers, as there are more a few unscrupulous ones in the market. Plus, do adopt a healthy lifestyle consisting of a balanced diet, moderate exercise, sufficient rest and positive outlook.  In this way, you are helping your body become healthier.  Vitamin C, after all, is not a miracle bullet of life. Go on, don't wait for a cold to let Vitamin C help you get your glow on! What do you think? Have you used Vitamin C in your skincare or your clients skincare routine? What have been your thoughts on the results. 

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