How to Get the Benefits of Vitamin C

Last Updated on November 15, 2020 by Ellen Christian

We all know that vitamins are good for us but do you know the benefits of Vitamin C for your skin?  When I’m sick, the first thing I reach for is my bottle of Vitamin C. I know that it helps me stay healthy but I had no idea that there were benefits of Vitamin C for your skin.  I’ve been reading more about how to get the most out of the foods we eat when I learned about how important Vitamin C is. 

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How to Get Benefits of Vitamin C for Your Skin

Benefits of Vitamin C for Your Skin

It turns out that Vitamin C plays a vital role in the health of your skin. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and it is key to the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that is helpful in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. As you age, your skin loses collagen and produces less and less each year. Vitamin C also helps your skin repair itself.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps repair damage from free radicals.  All of this makes Vitamin C very important to skin health.

Since it’s clear that there are benefits of Vitamin C for your skin, it’s important to make sure you make that available to your body. There are several different ways to do that.

  • Eat more foods containing Vitamin C.  Foods like citrus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, cauliflower and tomatoes all have Vitamin C in them. If you eat enough foods containing Vitamin C throughout the day, you may not need to take a supplement. Check with your doctor to see what they recommend.
  • Take Vitamin C supplements. Look for a quality Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) supplement. My understanding is that the L form is better than the D form.
  • Use a Vitamin C serum on your skin to give your skin a concentrated delivery system.

What is a Vitamin C Serum?

A Vitamin C serum is not the same as a moisturizer or toner. A Vitamin C serum is generally a lighter and thinner consistency than a moisturizer and is applied to your face after cleansing and before applying your moisturizer. Serums are able to penetrate deeper into the skin than a moisturizer can. Whether you choose to add a Vitamin C serum to your beauty routine or not will depend on how much Vitamin C you get from other sources.


14 thoughts on “How to Get the Benefits of Vitamin C”

  1. I also take more of my vitamin C supplement if I’m feeling run down. To save money, I cut my high potency tablet into three parts, since you can’t absorb a ton of Vitamin C at a time and it’s just “flushed away” if you take too much, lol. I love my double C face serum I’ve been using for years too. Yep I’m a fan of the citrus!

  2. Vitamin C is so important! I try to get my daily dose everyday. I’m currently using a Vitamin C face cream from The Body Shop. I love the way it smells and makes my skin feel. 

  3. I take a vitamin C supplement for my immune system so hopefully I am good to go! I dont think I have ever tried a vitamin C serum for my face.

  4. I was at an event last week with an esthetician and she was talking about how important Vitamin C is for the skin. I decided then that I need to start using a Vitamin C serum!

  5. We’re big on vitamins for optimal health at our house. Both through our diet and supplements. My goodness… we’ve been learning about the benefits of Vitamin C since we were all in elementary school. It’s good stuff! I’m going to give Vitamin C serum a go!

  6. This is one thing I need to take more of each day.  I know I do not get enough vitamin C.  We love fruits, broccoli, and tomatoes….but just do not have them on a daily basis.  I really should look into a supplement to help my skin as it ages.  The Healthy Origins sounds wonderful being organic!

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