vitamin-cYou are what you eat. If you consume a lot of Vitamin C, the benefits are two fold — great nutritional health and beautifully smooth skin. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that people who eat plenty of Vitamin C-rich foods have fewer lines and wrinkles than those who don’t. Vitamin C produces collagen.

And collagen is responsible for skin’s strength and elasticity. Its degradation leads to wrinkles that accompany aging. What types of foods should you be eating? Here are a few fruits and vegetables that top the list:

Fruits

  • orange
  • kiwi
  • papaya
  • blackcurrant
  • guava
  • strawberry

Vegetables

  • brussels sprouts
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • spring greens
  • red pepper

There are many great topical antioxidant products on the market that offer Vitamin C. It is crucial that you integrate one that contains Vitamin C into your skin care routine to combat free radicals.

As defined by SportsMed Web, free radicals are atoms (or groups of atoms) with an odd number of electrons that can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed, these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage, the body has a defense system of antioxidants.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which is very important to your skin’s health. Whether you eat or topically apply your Vitamin C (I recommend both), you are contributing to better nutritional health as well as younger, more vibrant skin.