There’s a secret the cosmetics industry might not want you to know. Instead of spending all that money on cosmetics, you can improve your skin (and even your hair and nails) simply with vitamin C. That’s right – vitamin C is the nutrient responsible for creating and maintaining collagen—the “glue” that holds the body together. Specifically, this antioxidant strengthens blood vessels and gives skin its elasticity and hair and nails strength.
However, vitamin C is water-soluble. Your body doesn’t store or accumulate it. That’s why daily intake is highly important. Here are the many cosmetic benefits vitamin C has to offer:
- Eradicates Wrinkles – One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.
- Promotes Hair Health – Vitamin C is one of the most effective nutrients to help grow and strengthen hair. It’s critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.
- Encourages Nail Growth – Vitamin C helps maintain the integrity of our nails by strengthening our skin, connective tissue, bones and blood vessel walls. Because C helps nails grow, it can also help prevent hangnails.
- Minimizes Age Spots – When it comes to treating age spots, vitamin C is crucial. Age spots are essentially sun damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. It’s not a replacement for sunscreen, but vitamin C can help protect against and may repair UV damage such as discoloration and fine lines.
- Reduces Inflammation – Through many clinical studies, vitamin C has been found to be anti-inflammatory. When applied after a sunburn, vitamin C caused a 50% quicker reduction in redness than the areas untreated by vitamin C. Inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis and eczema have also shown clinical improvement with the use of vitamin C.