You may already know about all the amazing things vitamin C can do for your system. It helps to promote healthy bones and teeth, it boosts overall immunity, and it has even been shown to help lower blood pressure. But did you know how many amazing things it can do for the way you look?
Here are 10 ways that vitamin C helps benefit your skin and hair health.
Collagen is the main structural protein found in your skin and connective tissue. In fact, 70% of all the protein found in your skin is collagen. It’s responsible for the elasticity of your skin, and keeps everything looking young and fresh.
How do we get collagen? By taking in Vitamin C. Your body needs vitamin C to produce collagen, and you need collagen for healthy skin.
Increased Sun Protection
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which your body uses to fight off harmful free radicals. Many of these are produced when ultraviolet radiation from the sun comes into contact with your body, and a lack of vitamin C can leave you with a reduced ability to fight them off naturally.
Now, don’t go skipping your sunscreen, but studies do show that people who get enough vitamin C have less overall sun damage to their skin.
As well as being integral to skin structure, collagen is also important for the structure of your blood vessels – and it all comes down to vitamin C. Efficient blood flow to your skin’s surface can prevent a rough texture and appearance. In fact, creams containing vitamin C are marketed specifically to help smooth out rough skin.
Vitamin C can help prevent the DNA in your skin from reacting with sunlight and causing discoloration or even precancerous cells.
Faster Wound Healing
Your body uses vitamin C to help heal injuries to your skin. Collagen helps not only to close wounds, but also to create scar tissue that helps protect the site. Slow wound healing can be a sign of vitamin C deficiency.
Faster Hair Growth
Free radicals can damage your hair making it brittle and more prone to split ends. As mentioned above, the antioxidant properties of vitamin C help to reduce free radicals, and will protect your hair as well as your skin. Your hair will be stronger and grow quicker.
Vitamin C has been shown to help hair retain its natural color for longer, meaning fewer grays.
Prevents Hair Loss
An underperforming adrenal gland can lead to hair loss, and one of the main ways to help fight adrenal gland fatigue is by supplementing with vitamin C. This can help reverse the hormonal processes that cause hair loss.
Protects Against Dandruff
You may have germs living on your scalp that encourage the skin problems that lead to dandruff. Vitamin C helps fight these germs off.
Thicker, Healthier Hair
Taken altogether, the increased blood flow, the decrease in bacteria, and the antioxidants all work in combination to help you grow thicker, healthier hair.
So be sure to eat your citrus and your dark greens. The best way to get vitamin C is through a healthy diet!