Topical Vitamin C is a science-backed, dermatologist-favorite ingredient that may help slow early skin aging, prevent sun damage, and improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and acne. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it fights harmful free radicals (toxins) that come in contact with your skin from external sources like air pollution, or from inside the body as a result of normal processes like your metabolism.
Free radicals can damage the skin, and applying topical Vitamin C can combat free radicals and may improve the skin’s overall appearance.
Here are Symptoms of Vitamin C Deficiency:
1: Rough, Bumpy Skin–
Vitamin C plays an important role in the production of collagen, a protein that is abundantly found in connective tissues, hair, joints and bones. When Vitamin C content is low in the body, a condition called keratosis pilaris can be developed. This causes the creation of ‘bumpy’ chicken skin at the back of the upper arms, thighs and buttocks due to the buildup of keratin protein inside pores.
2: Cork-Screw Shaped Hair–
Vitamin C deficiency in the body can cause hair to be bent or coiled shaped due to deficiency due to defects that develop in the protein structure of hair as it grows. With an adequate amount of Vitamin C intake as a treatment, this hair abnormality can be fixed.
3: Dry, Damaged Skin–
Vitamin C protects the epidermis (upper layer of the skin) from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Sun exposure, and exposure to pollutants like cigarette smoke and ozone – all contribute to dry, flaky skin. Although there are other reasons why skin can get wrinkled and dry, deficiency of Vitamin C can lead to skin becoming parched.
4: Slow-Healing Wounds–
Deficiency in Vitamin C slows the rate of collagen production in the body, thus making wounds heal much slower. In severe Vitamin C cases, old wounds may re-open, increasing the risk of infection on the skin. Slow healing is one of the most severe forms of Vitamin C deficiency, which happens only when a person has been deficient in Vitamin C for many months.
How to use Vitamin C for your Daily Skin Routine?
Vitamin C is full of various nutrients including antioxidants. Although you are getting Vitamin C from your diet, there is no guarantee that it will reach the skin. For better skin results you have to apply it topically. There are different kinds of options in the market such as Vitamin C containing lotions, moisturizer, serum, and creams. However, many dermatologists will go with serum for the best skincare result as the serum is a lighter formulation than a moisturizer that absorbs easily into the skin. Also, don’t forget to apply Vitamin C sunscreen before stepping out.
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