Vitamin C – what a brilliant vitamin! When it comes to skin, it’s an absolute multitasker. For example, did you know that epidermis (the outermost layer of your skin) contains five times more vitamin C than what is found in the deeper layers?
Here is what it does there:
– it helps prevent water loss, helping skin maintain its barrier function,
– it builds collagen and elastin,
– it protects you from free radicals, preventing premature aging and many other health problems,
– it shields you from the sun. This is especially true when combined with vitamin E and is used in topical applications, such as sunscreens.
– Many animals can produce their own vitamin C, but we, humans, should get it through food.
– In addition, a constant supply is needed because your body is getting rid of any vitamin C that is not absorbed immediately.
– Some suggest you can get as much or even more benefit by simply squeezing an orange and applying its juice on your skin, just like this lady.
– In any case, there is no debate that vitamin C is very delicate and loses its antioxidant activity when exposed to oxygen and light, so the lady is probably right.