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Published on May 9th, 2015 | by Rima J Pundir

BEAUTY EATS: The ab’C’ of beauty

Deep Purple is singing about it, moms are harping on its goodness and we always grab a box if we’re hung over or want to kill that nasty cold. Reason for the great PR behind oranges?  It’s our go-to source for vitamin C.

Some peeps, Say orange juice is yucky, But I say orange juice is lucky With a li’l more spunkin, That orange juice, Just thinking bout that orange orange juice!! It took sea-bound soldiers with scurvy, bleeding ulcers and joint weakness for us to realize that we cannot live without Vitamin C. It’s well deserved fame also permeates into the world of beauty making it a fundamental nutrient for glowing young appearance. Why you ask? Vitamin C, aka, ascorbic acid, helps produce collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. It also neutralizes free radicals that damage collagen and reduces sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation. In a world where chic anti-aging agents are the order of the day, the very vintage vitamin C has always prevailed when it comes to complete antioxidant care.

Refresher Course

We know you don’t remember your middle school lesson in biology, so here’s a quick refresher on what natural food are good sources of vitamin C. With 82.7 milligrams, oranges pack a powerful punch of vitamin C but others that give oranges a real run for their money are lemons, tangerine, cherries, guavas, kiwis, mangoes, melons, papaya, strawberries,  tomatoes, peppers and broccoli. Include these fruits and vegetables in your diet for good health and fabulous skin. Also, remember to be well hydrated because vitamin C is water soluble and needs water to be able to dissolve and be transported around the body. Sufficient water intake will ensure that excess vitamins are flushed out of the system. Need the goodness of vitamin C but can’t do the diet? Don’t worry, you can always opt for oral supplements of vitamin C. Doctor’s consultation is a must because excessive intake (more than 2,000 mg daily) of vitamin C may cause diarrhea, gas, or upset stomach.

C for Beauty

With its collagen producing properties and ability to fight free radicals, it’s no wondering that vitamin C is taking the skincare world by storm. A good bet is to go for beauty products that contain the L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C to ensure that it penetrates your skin layers. We take a look some ‘C’ stars to make your shopping a li’l bit easier.

DIY

Did you know you can make your personal concoction of vitamin C at home? It’s a great option to try out if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to spend on expensive creams and medicinal supplements. Mixing your very own vitamin C serum at home will be fresh and potent and free of all unnecessary fillers. Dissolve 1/4 tsp pure vitamin C powder (available at chemist as l-ascorbic acid) into 2 tsp of distilled or rose water). Add 1 tsp of glycerine to the mix. Puncture and add the contents of 1 Vitamin E gel capsule. This will help keep your serum stable and add the benefits of vitamin E oil. Replace your serum with a fresh batch every week and make sure you store it in a cool dry place.  If you want to further ease your DIY vitamin C, use the organic orange or lemon peels left over from the fruit you buy. Let them dry at room temperature for a couple of days until dry and crisp. Grind them into a powder and store it.  You can mix it in your face packs, mix with rose water and apply to freshen up your face. You can also stir it in your morning tea or smoothies for its medical benefits.

To eat or to apply

A healthy diet rich with vitamin C is necessary for overall physical well being, but simply from beauty’s perspective, topical vitamin in a cream is more efficient for the treatment of skin than oral use.  At this point, it’s imperative to keep in mind the characteristics of your skin. Sensitive skin can get irritated with products having a high dose of vitamin C. It’s advised to consult a dermatologist to figure out what combination of agents would work best on you.

FAB BAG PICKS

SeaSoul Vitamin C Serum With Hyaluronate: This Vitamin C& E-Serum targets excessive dehydrated and premature ageing. Sodium Hyaluronate-holds moisture in skin. This micro-emulsified, extra light & non-greasy formulation visibly brightens and improves skin texture while providing it enough hydration. CLICK HERE to view product.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion: Fine exfoliating micro particles and crushed garnet stones remove dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion. Removes dead skin cells. Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. Gives skin a brighter, more radiant look. Improves skin texture and tone. CLICK HERE to view product.

Avene Sensitive White Whitening Essence: This lightweight, non-greasy essence is highly concentrated in ingredients to help effectively prevent the appearance of dark spots and keep a clear and flawless complexion. Its formula contains a high concentration in Avène thermal spring water, witch clinacally proven soothing and anti-irritating properties. CLICK HERE to view product.

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