The largest external organ of the human body is the skin. Yes, the skin is an organ. Why? The definition of an organ is it is a collection of different tissues which have a particular organization and perform one (or several) common function. And that’s exactly what the skin is. A bunch of tissues working together to serve a variety of functions, like protection, heat regulation, sensitivity, excretion, and more. The most important function of the skin is also an indicator of how healthy or unhealthy the inside of your body are. If you are dehydrated, your skin will show signs of dehydration; cracked lips and dry skin. If your body is aging, your skin will show signs of aging; wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin. That is why today, we will discover why and how vitamin C work and in hand with vitamin E so you could keep your skin looking beautiful, healthy and of course, looking younger, longer!
Let’s talk vitamin C first. Oranges, and other citrus fruits are often associated with vitamin C. But do we even know what vitamin C is and why it is very important to the human body? Vitamin C is known as ascorbic acid, which is important to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels; giving the skin it firmness and strength, helps create scar tissue and ligaments, as well as aids in skin repair. Moreover, vitamin C is an antioxidant and it delays the rate and effects of free-radical damage to collagen which that triggers dry skin, sagging, fine lines and wrinkling and other aging changes. In skincare products, vitamin C is listed as L-ascorbic acid and it is a few of the topical ingredients that has clinical studies to support its effectiveness. Other than having anti-aging properties, vitamin C also helps smooth and firms the skin and also helps fade brown spots.
With constant sun exposure and aging, the body’s ability to make collagen decreases, and leading to wrinkles. This is where vitamin C is important and it is proven that it stimulates new collagen formation and minimize fine lines, scars and wrinkles. But not just any vitamin C skincare product will work effectively. This is because vitamin C is unstable; therefore if not package properly and exposed to air, it will oxidize and becomes ineffective – and potentially harmful. The tell-tale signs of an oxidized vitamin C is if it turns a dark colour and instead of giving you the benefits, it will cause damage to your skin. An oxidized vitamin C increases free radical formation in your skin, so all the hard earned money spent trying to give your skin the best is actually doing the opposite. Many researchers struggled to find an effective ways of stabilizing vitamin C. Finally, it was discovered and patented by SkinCeuticals, the only best possible way to stabilize vitamin C and increasing its benefits is by combining it with vitamin E.
How do you increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen? Taking vitamin C supplements, along with food containing vitamin C can increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen. This works by decreasing cell damage and aids the healing process. Your body needs vitamin C to make new collagen and to heal those damaged skin. So treating it from the inside and out, can give you a satisfying result. As you can probably tell by now, there are three possible ways for you to get your hit of vitamin C – first being;
- Including high vitamin C foods into your diet, for example:
- bell peppers
- dark leafy greens
- citrus fruits
Second option being researching for the best vitamin C supplements available in the market. Finally, third option is to apply vitamin C (skincare products) directly to your skin;
- L-Ascorbic Acid is the most effective form of vitamin C in skin care products. There are many products on the market today that have vitamin C or one of its derivatives as an ingredient (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or ascorbyl palmitate, for example), but L-ascorbic acid is the only useful form of vitamin C in skin care.
- Vitamin C should be near the middle of the ingredients list and have a 5% or higher concentration to get the biggest benefit.
Second part of this article would be, the perfect partner that tames vitamin C without reaping away its benefits; Vitamin E. Other than being an antioxidant that also protects the body from free radical, vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin found naturally in many foods. When the absorbs vitamin E, the antioxidants work on all the cells in the body to prevent damage that free radicals have caused. A habit of consuming a diet high in vitamin E is just one way to shield yourself from free radicals. When a vitamin E product is applied directly onto the skin, it works directly on skin cells, neutralizing free radicals in skin and preventing many signs of aging. Vitamin E is known to protect your skin against UV radiation and free radicals (like every day pollution. There are not many studies or researches done on vitamin E on humans but studies on rodents have shown that vitamin E may reduce the risk of skin cancer caused by sun damage. Studies also show that when it is used before sun exposure, skin is less burnt, red, swollen and dry. As an oil, vitamin E can help improve skin hydration, as well as some anti-inflammatory effects.
The #1 best way to get your dose of vitamin E is through the food you eat. Examples of food with high level of vitamin E is;
- Vegetable oils
- green leafy vegetables
- Even though unprocessed foods are usually considered the healthiest, processed foods that are made from them usually contain vitamin E.
Another way is to add multi-vitamins and vitamin E supplements to your diet. And the third way is through skincare products with vitamin E. Vitamin E creams will smoothen your skin of all roughness, wrinkles and facial lines. Other than that, constant use will help your skin retain its natural moisturizers. Like is partner, vitamin E’s main function in skin care is to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun!
When applied together, vitamin C and E naturally acts as a sunscreen. Infused together, they provide 4 x more protection against free radicals. So wrinkles are reduced and your skin stays healthy and beautiful, they have a greater effectiveness than either vitamin does alone. Hence, when some of the vitamin C in a product has oxidised, the remainder will still work better in the presence of vitamin E. The best form of vitamin C for your skin is L-ascorbic acid, in combination with vitamin E or alpha-tocopherol or tocopherol acetate.
Youth by Shaklee has a product called Youth Radiance C+E. A powerful patented dose of 20% pure vitamin C and vitamin E plus raspberry cell extract to plump, brighten, and visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Radiance C+E reduces the appearance of age spots, smooths skin texture, and improves overall skin tone. For even better results, add to the skin care regimen immediately after the serum. Convenient single-dose capsules are plant-based, vegan, 100% biodegradable and allow for a preservative-free formula. Or you can consume Vita C Plus & Vita E Complex to work on your overall health and skin from the inside out.
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