Vitamin C has been touted as a skin care miracle, both when taken internally and when used topically. But is it the skin miracle everyone says it is? Well, yes and no.

Vitamin C definitely deserves a place in most skincare regimens. The most important thing it does is provide antioxidant protection, keeping free-radical damage like that from sun exposure and pollution from adversely affecting your skin. Free-radical damage contributes to premature skin aging.

When you regularly use skincare products that contain Vitamin C, it does the following:

  • Helps stimulate healthy collagen production
  • Reduces inflammation throughout the body
  • Bolsters the effectiveness of sunblock
  • Reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sun spots

Things to look out for when using products with this skincare miracle as an ingredient:

  • Look for it in conjunction with other antiaging ingredients like green tea, resveratrol and and retinol.
  • Buy Vitamin C skincare products that come in dark, opaque bottles and keep them stored in dark, cool places. This will keep the Vitamin C and other active ingredients from destablizing.
  • Though it boosts sun protection, always layer sunscreen on top of any Vitamin C serum or product.

What about taking Vitamin C internally? Yes, you should definitely take 500mg to 1000mg of Vitamin C a day. This will help keep collagen production in your skin at optimal levels. Plus, it will help with free-radical damage throughout your body.

You get your “C” in serums, moisturizers or even weekly masks. Internally, get it in supplements or in Vitamin C-rich foods like kiwi, oranges, and strawberries for a delicious way to gorgeous skin!

Let me know in the comments what your experiences have been with this popular supplement for your skin.