All About Vitamin C - Skin By Dr. Drew Karp

All About Vitamin C

Vitamin C aids the natural process of cell renewal.  It helps the body’s collagen production, the protein that supports our skin, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and blood vessels. But did you know that Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so it blocks some of the DNA damage caused by free radicals?

Vitamin C was isolated in 1928 by scientist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi and its chemical structure was explained by Norman Haworth in 1933. [1]

What does Vitamin actually do for your skin?

The better question would be: what doesn’t it do!

Vitamin C has achieved a cult status among skin experts as a multi-tasking powerhouse antioxidant. Suitable for all skin types, Vitamin C targets a long list of the most common anti-aging concerns, including but not limited to improving skin clarity, radiance, texture, tone, and reducing pigment. It has been shown to inhibit the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme that causes pigmentation.

According to Dr. Rachael Eckel of The Skin Health Institute of Trinidad, “Vitamin C is a vital component of any anti-aging skin care program, and I recommend it for all of my patients for prevention, maintenance and skin rejuvenation.”

Sunlight and pollution deplete the skin’s natural vitamin C supply. But the challenges with delivering Vitamin C into the skin is all about stability. When exposed to air and light, Vitamin C tends to break down quickly rendering it virtually ineffective.

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