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What Does Vitamin C Do for the Skin?

We all know it's in Oranges and that it's important for our health and immune system, but do you know what Vitamin C can really do for your skin? To help you figure out how Vitamin C can benefit your health, I've put together this guide to the best Vitamin C skin care and supplements.

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Vitamin C is one of those wonder nutrients that does so much for our bodies. We hear about so many buzzwords and superfood terms coming and going in both the health and beauty worlds, but one nutrient that will always be vital to our health is Vitamin C. We learn about it in school, we hear about it from health experts, but do you really know how many superpowers are packed into our humble Vitamin C? From natural skin care to health supplements, this vitamin is essential for the maintenance of our immune systems as well as good skin.

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, which is also known as Ascorbic Acid, has always been an essential part of healthy nutrition. Did you know that sailors relied on Vitamin C intake to combat scurvy? In those times, Oranges were a prized commodity! Thankfully, nowadays we have access to a wealth of fresh, Vitamin C-rich fruits as well as supplements. Vitamin C is, of course, a vitamin. It's naturally found in fruit such as Strawberries and Blackcurrants as well as citrus fruit like Oranges, Lemons and Limes and even veggies such as Tomatoes and Broccoli. A necessary nutrient, a powerful antioxidant, and an essential for daily health, it's also an incredible ingredient in skin care.

What are the benefits of Vitamin C?

When consumed in food or as a supplement, Vitamin C can help to boost your body's immunity against illnesses, especially the common cold and the flu, as well as helping to improve the way your body absorbs Iron. It can even prevent soreness and damage to your muscles pre and post exercise, as well as help to boost collagen production and the skin's natural regenerative process, which can start to slow down as we age. For your skin, the greatest power of Vitamin C is its ability to brighten and lighten. Vitamin C is really amazing at evening out the complexion and improving the overall appearance of the skin, which makes it perfect for fading pigmentation, sun spots and those pesky marks left behind after a pimple (post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation). On top of all of that, it also helps to replenish dry skin with deeply penetrating moisture, minimising the appearance of fine lines and signs of ageing. Another little known power of Vitamin C is that it actually helps to neutralise chlorine, so it's perfect if anyone in your family suffers from any skin sensitivities.

Best natural Vitamin C skin care products

100% Pure Vitamin C Serum
One of my long-time favourite Vitamin C packed products is the 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum. This serum combines the powers of Vitamin C with Green Apple and Grape Extract as well as Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E and Broccoli Seed Oil to help reduce the appearance of age spots, boost collagen production, heal breakouts, brighten your skin and and even treat UV damage. Lightweight and fast-absorbing, this Vegan serum can be applied to damp skin after cleansing, morning and night. Follow with your favourite facial moisturiser or night cream.

ECO. Face Vitamin C Serum
Another great Vitamin C serum is the ECO. Face Vitamin C Serum, which has been developed especially to combat the visible signs of ageing thanks to its potent combination of Vitamin C, Rosehip Oil, Milk Thistle and Sea Buckthorn. Vegan and Australian made, this hydrating serum is perfect for those with dry skin and pigmentation issues, helping to restore hydration and fade marks. Apply a few drops to clean skin, massage in, then follow with natural sunscreen to prevent further pigmentation.

Andalou Naturals Meyer Lemon + C Creamy Cleanser
To cleanse the skin, I love the Andalou Naturals Meyer Lemon + C Creamy Cleanser. This nourishing creamy cleanser uses Lemon, Manuka Honey and Vitamin C to actually brighten the skin and even out pigmentation while it cleanses! It also contains hydrating Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil and Sunflower Oil which are both really hydrating, so you won't be stripping the skin of its natural oils while you cleanse. Gluten Free, this refreshing facial cleanser is ideal for normal and combination skin types, giving a deep clean while also stimulating circulation.

100% Pure Blood Orange Cleansing Balm
Another amazing facial cleanser is the 100% Pure Blood Orange Cleansing Balm. This solid balm, which melts with the warmth of your skin, is great for breaking down and melting away any grime and stubborn makeup, and the inclusion of Vitamin C means you're working to brighten your complexion while you get a deep pore cleanse. Perfect for all skin types, creamy Avocado, Coconut and Olive Oils leave skin soft, smooth and supple. Scoop out a small amount and massage into damp skin, wiping away with a damp, warm muslin cloth.

Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream
For some serious brightening power, try the Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream. This is an amazing facial cream for normal and combination skin types, combining brightening Vitamin C, Goji and White Tea with Probiotics and Manuka Honey to stimulate healthy cell renewal and help diminish pigmentation and dark spots for an even skin tone. Smooth into face and neck daily.

Life Basics CoQ10 Daily Facial Oil
Featuring a lightweight yet deeply nourishing blend of Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba, Vitamin E, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn and Vitamin C, the Life Basics CoQ10 Daily Facial Oil is a great option if you want a serious multitasker. Vegan and Australian made, it's packed with Vitamin C as well as B1, B2, K, A, E, folic acid, over 60 antioxidants and 20 minerals. With skin brightening powers from Sea Buckthorn, Vitamin C and CoQ10, this antioxidant and vitamin rich formula works to deeply hydrate even the driest skin as well as target pigmentation and scarring. Gently massage a few drops into the face and neck, day and night.

Vanessa Megan Prebiotic + C Brightening Exfoliator
A gentle yet thorough exfoliant, the Vanessa Megan Prebiotic + C Brightening Exfoliator can be used as both an exfoliant and a treatment mask, combining Vitamin C-rich Grapefruit Extract with Yogurtene, Bentonite Clay and Rice Powder to softly remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, firm and plump, reduce inflammation and brighten the complexion. Certified Organic and Australian made, it's ideal for oily, dull and mature skin types. To use, mix powder with a small amount of water to make a paste, then apply
 a thin layer to the face, avoiding the eye and lip area. Either allow to dry as a mask or exfoliate in circular motions.

Life Basics Vitamin C Bath Softener
Formulated by our Naturopath and ideal for the whole family, the Life Basics Bath Softener helps to neutralise chlorine in bath water with the softening powers of Vitamin C and Dead Sea Mineral Salt, also rich in nutrients including Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium. Designed to help soothe skin sensitivities and irritations, this natural bath softener is Australian made and Vegan. Add half a cup to the bath to help soften and soothe sensitive skin.

Natural Vitamin C supplements

Beauty Boosters Collagen-C
An ideal daily supplement to help support your Vitamin C intake, the Beauty Boosters Collagen-C helps to improve skin and health from the inside out! This Vegan and Gluten Free supplement gives the immune system a boost as well as helping to promote collagen production, protect the capillaries and reduce the risk of cellular damage. Ideal for supporting connective tissue formation, this potent, antioxidant rich supplement is perfect for those looking to counteract signs of ageing and maintain healthy nutritional levels. Take one to two tablets daily with meals, or as directed by your healthcare professional. Take only as directed.

Amazonia Raw Prebiotic Vitamin C
A great addition to water or your choice of milk for a nutritional boost, the Amazonia Raw Prebiotic Vitamin C is boosted with Vitamin C-rich superfruit ingredients including Acerola, Camu Camu, Baobab, Gubinge and Rosehip. With over 400mg of Vitamin C per serve, this Dairy, Caffeine, Gluten and Soy Free formula also contains Aloe Vera and Prebiotics to help support the immune and digestive systems. Vegan and Australian made, mix two teaspoons into water or milk once daily.

Ethical Nutrients Extra C Powder
With a great tasting natural Orange flavour, the Ethical Nutrients Extra C Powder is pH adjusted and ideal for daily Vitamin C supplementation. Helpful in reducing the duration of cold and flu symptoms as well as promoting healthy skin, teeth and hair, this Gluten and Dairy Free formula can be mixed into water or juice daily. Not suitable for children under two years of age without medical advice. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.

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