Vitamin C: What Does It Do For Your Skin?

Here’s what to expect from your vitamin C serum when it comes to acne, anti-aging and brightness

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This article is based on reporting that features expert sources.

With so many skin care products available, it’s hard to make sense of which ones may work best for your skin. One ingredient you might see is vitamin C.

Vitamin C – the same vitamin C found in your citrus fruits – is an antioxidant that the body doesn’t naturally make. Vitamin C can be made synthetically or extracted from foods. Antioxidants are substances that can help delay or slow down damage to cells, both topically and through digestion. This includes the skin, so that means vitamin C can be useful to fight off premature aging, says Dr. Michael Rodriguez, a cosmetic surgeon with Gentera Center for Plastic Surgery in Coral Gables, Florida.

Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin Health

Some other skin benefits associated with vitamin C include:

  • Repairing aging skin, including wrinkles. It does this by getting absorbed in the skin and neutralizing free radicals that damage the skin and cause signs of aging. Free radicals are unstable molecules in the body that can contribute to aging. The body is exposed to free radicals through ultraviolet rays, also known as UV rays, chemicals and air pollution.
  • Evening out skin tone and brightening the complexion.
  • Creating collagen, which is a protein that helps make the skin more elastic.
  • Reducing acne.
  • Working against sun damage because of the way it neutralizes free radicals.

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