Vitamin C is a known antioxidant and photoprotectant, with roles in collagen synthesis, regeneration and wound repair. But do these properties have any impact on our appearance? Well, a study has examined the effect of Vitamin C on skin aging with impressive results. In a group of over 4000 women, it was found that a higher intake of dietary Vitamin C was associated with better skin aging. Those with vitamin-rich diets were found to have fewer signs of visible aging, i.e. wrinkles, dryness and skin thinning. And, this was found to be independent of other factors including: age, race, sun exposure, smoking, weight, or supplement use. I’m off to the grocers now!
Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2007:86(4);1225-1231