Not only is vitamin C vital inside our body as a nutrient, it can also be found in the following layers of our skin:
- The epidermis: this is the outer and top layer of our skin. This is where we would fine melanocytes which are responsible for making the pigment melanin in our skin.
- The dermis: this is the deeper layer of our skin, below the epidermis. This is where we find fibroblasts which make collagen.
Our vitamin C content in these layers can be compromised due to aging, excessive exposure to UV light, and excessive exposure to pollutants, like cigarette smoke and ozone.
Vitamin C is transported through the bloodstream to the skin.
Vitamin C as an antioxidant: Antioxidants are substances that can provide protection against oxidative stresses by scavenging these free radicals. Vitamin C is an effective free radical scavenger as it provides electrons to neutralize radicals, and secondly it regenerates alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) levels which helps counteract the effects of free-radical skin damage.
Current research indicates that using topical products containing vitamin-C (L-Ascorbic Acid) on the skin can be an effective tool to enhance its health and vitality.
Buyers should be aware though. Not all of these products are created equal. It is important that the vitamin-C in the product one uses is in the form of stabilized ascorbic acid. Non-stabilized vitamin-C will deteriorate quickly and won’t be properly absorbed by the skin.