Vitamin C has many roles in the body including antioxidant activity and collagen synthesis. “Oxidation” or free radical damage (from pollution, stress, smoking, internal processes etc) has long been established as the process that causes “aging” and can cause DNA damage. Vitamin C protects the skin from damaging effects of the sun and is also vital for collagen synthesis, without which the skin will wrinkle, form sunspots and sag as we age.
Though getting sufficient vitamin C in our diets is crucial, it is noted only a minuscule amount of ingested vitamin C gets to the skin. Studies have shown that topically applying vitamin C to the skin increases the density of the dermis, improves collagen synthesis and protects free radical damage.
Look for creams with sea buckthorn, rose hips or red tea for a natural vitamin C boost.