Are You In Need Of A Vitamin C Boost?
Posted by Charlotte Connoley in Skin Care, Health & Lifestyle
While it may not necessarily be a cure for the dreaded common cold, Vitamin C has so many benefits, so it’s worth making sure you know how much your body needs and why.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid is vital for healthy bodies and skin. Specifically needed for the growth and repair of tissues throughout the body, it helps the body to produce collagen which of course is so important in relation to skin health and elasticity, meaning Vitamin C has anti - ageing properties too.
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C in the UK for adults is 40mg a day, however due to it being a water - soluble vitamin which isn’t stored in the body, you need to make sure you include it in your diet every day. Don’t panic though, it’s not as tricky as it sounds - one orange a day will give your around 90% of your RDA, simply making little changes to your daily routine is a great way to make sure you are reaching your Vitamin C targets.
Every morning, I squeeze a quarter of a lemon and grate some fresh ginger into hot water, let it sit for a few minutes, then pass it through a tea strainer and drink it. Lemons are actually a good source of Vitamin C and not only does this combination taste good, it also kick starts the digestive system, gives skin a boost and sets me up for the day, which is perfect for this time of the year.
Vitamin C is also popular in topical skin treatments and loved for its skin firming and brightening properties. A powerful antioxidant, it helps skin cope with city life by neutralising free radicals and boosting collagen production, which is vital in anti - ageing treatments. It also helps skin to repair and heal itself, so is great for marks and blemishes on the skin too.
Murad - the skin care brand created by dermatologist and pharmacist Dr Howard Murad - has an entire range dedicated to the benefits of Vitamin C. Its Essential - C cleanser, £26 has been specifically designed to work on environmentally stressed skin, so it’s particularly good for city dwellers. The Body Shop has a lovely Vitamin C Skin Reviver, £17 to boost radiance and combat dull complexions, which you can team with its Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, £16 to help liven up complexions.
Skin Inc's Vitamin C Serum, £49 is made in Japan and uses Vitamin C to help minimise pores and balance oil production. Put a little bit of serum in the palm of your hands to disperse evenly, before applying evenly to the cheeks and forehead, and massaging it into skin using firm strokes, moving skin upwards and outwards, never dragging downwards. Skin will not only benefit from having the ingredients well worked in, the massage action also boosts circulation and blood flow, and creates lymphatic drainage to help the body rid itself of puffiness and toxins.
With just a few small changes, you can make sure you get your daily Vitamin C boost!