Walk through the skin care section of your favorite department or drug store and you’ll notice a recurring theme…Vitamin C! It’s not just for your immune system, folks! Free radicals are damaging molecules that are not only responsible for premature aging, but can also lead to heart disease and some cancers. The oxidative stress caused by free radicals leads to visible signs of aging including wrinkles, sagging and the dreaded brown spots. Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant that gobbles up free radicals.
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is vital to skin health both in dietary and topical forms. We like Usana’s ProFlavanol C 100 as a supplement. Its antioxidant properties are enhanced by the addition of grape seed extract. Some studies have shown that vitamin C not only helps treat UV induced photo damage, it may help prevent it as well. It shields skin from damaging free radicals and increases the efficacy of your sun care products. Vitamin C also plays a role in collagen synthesis, helping to support skin elasticity and firmness.
What can you expect to achieve adding Vitamin C to your anti-aging routine? Aside from the instant benefit of providing protection against further damage, you can also expect a reduction in brown spots and other sun damage. You can also expect firmer, more toned skin along with a reduction in inflammation and irritation.
While the recommended dose for Usana ProFlavanolC 100 is 2-4 tablets per day, you can definitely up the dose to 6 per day to accelerate results. Vitamin C is also an anti-inflammatory, so if you’re particularly athletic, recovering from an illness, or perhaps over-indulged slightly 😉 you may also wish to increase the dose.
As amazing as Vitamin C is, it is always a combination of products that will give you the best results. Retinols, peptides and other antioxidants are all crucial to your anti-aging routine. What you put inside (supplements and nutrition) will always show on the outside! Applying appropriate products and sun protection is key to maintaining a youthful complexion.
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