Research has found that vitamins C and E can help to protect the skin against sun damage and skin cancer. And they may actually reverse some of the discoloration and wrinkles associated with aging. Vitamin C and E are antioxidants that work by speeding up the skin’s natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage,
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is used to form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.
Vitamin C can benefit skin in two important ways. Firstly, vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen in your skin. Collagen is a protein substance necessary for the development and healing of skin and tissue. Adding vitamin C to a culture of skin cells (fibroblasts) dramatically increases the synthesis of collagen. So if you wish to retain smooth and youthful skin then Vitamin C can help.
Secondly, vitamin C is an antioxidant and can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals. Exposure to free radicals and environmental factors can speed up the aging process and lead to wrinkles and fine lines. A lack of vitamin C in your system can lead to skin that is dry, rough and itchy.
This means that Vitamin C can also help you battle the signs of skin aging. Vitamin C helps reduce the effects of sun damage. So, when vitamin C is properly delivered into skin cells, there is a good chance to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.
Vitamin C can help to protect the skin against UV rays when used together with Vitamin E. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage.
Because your body does not store Vitamin C, this means it needs to be constantly replenished. The recommended daily intake seems to increase regularly, but for healthy skin, 3,000 mg is necessary every day. All fruits and vegetables contain some amount of vitamin C.
Fruits with the highest sources of vitamin C include Cantaloupe, Citrus fruits and juices, such as orange and grapefruit, Kiwi fruit, Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and
Vegetables with the highest sources of vitamin C include Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, Green and red peppers, Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens, Sweet and white potatoes, Tomatoes and tomato juice and Winter squash.
Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, is the key for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes. Vitamin E helps repair rough or dry skin, including skin damaged by sunlight, makes wrinkles less noticeable and may eliminate very fine wrinkles.
Vitamin E is a known antioxidant. Antioxidants are agents that neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Free radicals are caused by a number of factors such as smoking, pollution and sun exposure. Free radicals are one of the major causes of premature skin aging.
Through its antioxidant activity, Vitamin E can also help to provide relief to itchy skin by keeping your skin healthy and fresh and by improving the texture of your skin. Therefore, Vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals.
Vitamin E for the skin is also well known in its uses for helping to reduce scarring and to lighten existing scar tissue. You will regularly find Vitamin E added into moisturisers and topical applications as it helps reduce wrinkles and also helps strengthen the skin cells, thereby reducing wrinkles and thereby resulting in younger looking skin.
Though Vitamin E is one of the most powerful antioxidants, your body can’t produce it, which means you have to make sure you’re getting enough of this valuable nutrient in your diet. According to the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance, an adult needs 15 milligrams of vitamin E every day.
To keep skin looking supple and soft, try adding more nuts (peanuts, almonds, hazel nuts), vegetable oils (corn oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and wheat germ oil), sweet potato, mango, avocado, eggs, whole grains and green leafy vegetables such as spinach to your diet, all of which are rich in Vitamin E. These foods will not only help your skin stay soft, but will help your hair’s luster and strength.
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