The Healing Power of Vitamin C

With all the pandemic talk going on, it is a lot more important to take good care of our health. I am usually not a fan of supplements in general but I ensure I take them on daily basis because I know they help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Vitamin C is one important supplement to take everyday. It is s an essential vitamin, because the body can’t produce it. However, it has many roles and amazing health benefits. The healing power of Vitamin C can’t be overemphasised. Which is why I make sure I take my daily Vitamin C supplement alongside a good balanced diet. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables – sweet potato, mango, oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, spinach, papaya and guava. The daily intake recommended for Vitamin C is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. It is best to get the required recommendation from foods, but taking supplements also help.

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The benefits of Vitamin C

The benefits of Vitamin C are too numerous to mention, but here are some of the benefits –

  • Protection against immune system deficiencies
  • Helps relieve cold/flu symptoms
  • Protection against cardiovascular disease
  • Vitamin C helps fight against prenatal health problems
  • Protection against eye disease  and even skin wrinkling.
What happens when you don’t take the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C

Not taking the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C causes Scurvy, which affects the body’s systems. Scurvy symptoms range from fatigue, and weakness, to red and swollen gums. This is why we have to ensure we take the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C to stay healthy and boost our immunity.

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I try to take as many fruits and vegetables I can take, but I must confess I do rely on my vitamin supplements. They help me take in the recommended amounts and keep me feeling healthy.

What do you think of the healing power of Vitamin C?

 

What Hyperpigmentation Did to my Skin

I never knew a skincare issue like Hyperpigmentation existed until I became pregnant with my kids. I knew about the condition because I noticed the skin changes on pregnant women but I didn’t research it or give much thought to it. Hyperpigmentation descended upon me whilst pregnant about 5 years ago, and then I started to experience it real life.

At first, I thought it would all disappear after delivery, but then it didn’t. Then I thought it surely go away within a few months, once I was done with breast-feeding, but it didn’t. It reduced months after delivery but it did not completely go away until my twins were around 3 years old. So it literally took me over 3 years to get my skin tone back. Can you imagine that?

For those who have never experienced Hyperpigmentation, this skincare issue occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain spots on the skin. So for me, that was on my entire face and my neck. It occurs as a result of hormonal influences, and 90% of pregnant women experience it. Women with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation.

So you have a clear picture of what I am on about, here are some pictures for you to compare.

 

Before Pregnancy

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During Pregnancy

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After Pregnancy

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As you can see in the before, during and after pictures, my skin experienced significant changes during and after pregnancy. I must confess, I found the changes hard to deal with. I expected my skin to bounce back weeks after childbirth but it didn’t and I didn’t like the way I looked.

At first, I tried to ignore it and carry on as normal, thinking it was one of those hormonal imbalances that would just correct itself but it didn’t. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

 

How I Dealt with my Hyperpigmentation
Suncream

I started paying more attention to my skincare. I made sure I applied as much sunscreen as required, and stayed out of the sun.

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliating once a week with the right products helped. Getting rid of the dead skin helped to brightened up my facial skin.

 

 Skincare Products

I explored various skincare products and fell in love with quite a couple.  I recently reviewed this Vitamin C Ultra Brightening Serum by The Hero Project, and it is really good. I apply it every morning and it does the trick. Another great serum is the KOSE Sekkisei Emulsion. It also contains Vitamin C, and other amazing ingredients.

 

Food Supplements

Food supplements have also helped my skin greatly. I am a huge fan of Well Woman and BioCare Supplements. Nutrient deficiencies can contribute to poor skin health. Food Supplements that may help improve skin health and appearance include:

  • Antioxidants, including vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E
  • Vitamins B3 and B5
  • Evening Primose Oil
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Zinc

 

 

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My skin is still not back to what it was 100% but it is getting there. If you suspect that you are dealing with hyper pigmentation, I would recommend you see a dermatologist for professional advise. Don’t be like me and leave it to go on for years.

Have you ever struggled with hyperpigmentation? How did you deal with it?

 

 

 

Why Vitamin C is Good for Hair and Skin

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, has many amazing and potent benefits for your health in general. It is said to improve your immune system, healthy heart function and even prevents cancer. Although it is readily available, there are so many people who still suffer from Vitamin C deficiencies which may lead to symptoms like nosebleeds, bleeding gums and a weak immune system among others.

 

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I did some more research and I found out that this vitamin does wonders to your skin and hair. It is an antioxidant and it also contains properties that help in boosting collagen production in the skin. Which means it helps in promoting skin elasticity, thus helping to minimize the presence of fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It also helps in boosting collagen production in our hair, which is very important for the growth and health of the hair.

Since this vitamin is beneficial for the skin and hair, then we need to make sure we take get enough of it. Here are 3 ways to do so.

 

Use the right beauty products

Using the right beauty products for our skin and hair helps. It is best to shop around to find the best products for your skin and hair type. Vitamin C hair products are great in removing mineral buildup accumulated on the surface of the hair. So look out for shampoos that include it.

Vitamin C serums are also available to promote thick hair, get rid of dandruff and improve hair growth. So shop around to find the right serums. Beauty stores like Capital Hair and Beauty stock hair and skin products from various brands.

 

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Take more fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C

Eating or in some cases drinking Vitamin C rich foods is one of the easiest and most common ways to enjoy the benefits.

Citrus fruits like lemon, orange, grapefruit and lime are rich in Vitamin C. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and turnip greens make a really good source as well. So does Broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes.

 

Apply Vitamin C rich fruits topically

You don’t only get the benefit of Vitamin C on your skin from the fruits and vegetables you eat, you can also derive those benefits by topically applying them on your skin. Applying the juice of fruits high in Vitamin C, like the citrus fruits and tomatoes, directly on your skin can do wonders.

The juice of some citrus fruits, most especially lemon or lime, can be a little too harsh for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, then the best way you can go about it is to mix a little water to the juice before applying it on your skin. Once you’ve applied the juice on your skin, leave it to dry for about 20-30 minutes then wash off with cold water and pat your face dry.

The Vitamin C in the juice makes the skin glow. If you were suffering from acne, the juice helps to reduce the inflammation and heal the cuts caused from a burst pimple.

These are just some of the benefits of Vitamin C for the skin and hair. Do you have any tips to share? Please drop them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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