Your Skin Needs a Daily Dose of Vitamin C
If you still aren’t convinced that Vitamin C is essential for your skin’s health and wellness, then maybe a trip back in time might just might be what the dermatologist — or make that pirate — ordered.
The time is circa 1600. The place is the stormy seas. And your guide on this historical journey is a pirate with a big problem. No, it’s not that he forgot to load enough grog or gunpowder before leaving port. And it’s not that he’s about 600 years too soon to star in a box office smash Disney movie (as they say, timing is everything). And it’s not even that he’s run out of walking planks to enforce strict shipboard discipline.
No, the dire challenge that this pirate faces isn’t worthy of an epic tale or even a rousing sea shanty: he can barely walk, his teeth are falling out, his gums are swollen and bleeding, and his legs bruising. In short, he has scurvy. And it’s all because he didn’t get enough vitamin C.
Fortunately, the world today is both largely pirate and scurvy free. And with respect to the latter, we can thank medical research pioneers such as Dr. William Stark, who in 1769 ate only bread and water for 31 days to observe the ravages of scurvy first-hand, and who died seven months after his experiments began.
What’s more, researchers didn’t just uncover the link between vitamin C and a healthy body: they also revealed the connection between vitamin C and beautiful skin! These include:
- Building Blocks of Collagen
Vitamin C is one of the building blocks of collagen, which is critical for healthy skin. About 80% of skin is made of collagen, and after the age of 20 we lose about 1% of collagen in the skin per year — which results in thinner, more fragile and more vulnerable skin.Studies have shown that vitamin C stabilizes collagen mRNA, which increases collagen protein synthesis for repairing damaged skin.
- Antioxidant Properties
Free radicals — also known as oxidative stress — turn the skin’s natural oil rancid, which damages the collagen and speeds up the aging process. Vitamin C is a potent and proven antioxidant that visually improves the skin’s brightness and elasticity, and can also even out skin tone.
- Fighting UV Damage
While not a traditional sunscreen, studies have shown that vitamin C can limit the damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. This is because vitamin C increases the proteins in keratinocytes, which is the primary cell type of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin).
- Moisturizing Skin
Many so-called moisturizes and especially toners are alcohol-based, which means they ultimately dry out skin and make it more vulnerable. Studies have shown that vitamin C promotes the synthesis of barrier lipids, which reduce trans-epidermal water loss — and simply means stronger, more moisturized and healthier skin.
Vitamin C is Essential to Skin Beauty
At Gracieux Beauty, we believe that vitamin C is essential for healthy, youthful and glowing skin. That’s why we’ve made it the cornerstone ingredient in many of our products. Contact us to learn more.
 Geesin JC, Darr D, Kaufman R, Murad S, Pinnell SR. Ascorbic acid specifically increases type I and type III procollagen messenger RNA levels in human skin fibroblast. J Invest Dermatol 1988;90:420-424. (PubMed)