I would like to take the opportunity to talk to you today about a topic that is simple, yet incredibly exciting: the benefits of Vitamin C! Get ready to dive into the vibrant world of this powerhouse nutrient, which is not only essential for our overall health but also works wonders for our skin.

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a vital nutrient our bodies need to function optimally. It is an essential vitamin, meaning our bodies cannot produce it alone. We must obtain it through our diet or supplements. Additionally, when applied topically, Vitamin C offers an array of impressive benefits specifically for our skin. Today, I want to highlight the multifaceted advantages of incorporating Vitamin C into your diet and skincare routine.

  1. Immune System Support

First and foremost, Vitamin C is renowned for supporting our immune system. It stimulates the production of white blood cells, which are crucial for fighting infections. Think superhero. Additionally, Vitamin C helps these white blood cells function more effectively while protecting them from damage by potentially harmful molecules, such as free radicals. With enough Vitamin C, we can reduce the severity and duration of common colds, keeping us in top shape to enjoy life’s adventures!

  1. Powerful Antioxidant

Now, let’s talk about its incredible antioxidant properties. Picture free radicals as tiny villains trying to damage our cells. Vitamin C to the rescue! It neutralizes these troublemakers, protecting our cells and keeping us youthful and vibrant. One of my gurus, Sadhguru, tells “I knew somebody who went on only oranges for 1008 days. She was full of ailments when she started. She was a diabetic, with high blood pressure. When she came out of it, she looked like she was 35, instead of looking 50. By reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, Vitamin C helps us fend off chronic diseases and keeps our bodies running smoothly.

  1. Skin Health and Topical Benefits

Topical Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. This means it helps protect our skin from damage caused by free radicals and unstable molecules generated by exposure to environmental stressors such as UV radiation, pollution, and stress. By neutralizing these free radicals, Vitamin C helps prevent oxidative stress and reduces the signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness.

One of the most celebrated benefits of topical Vitamin C is its ability to brighten the skin and even out skin tone. Vitamin C inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase, responsible for melanin production, the pigment that gives our skin its color. By reducing melanin production, Vitamin C can help fade hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots, sun spots, and acne scars. This results in a more even skin tone and a brighter, more radiant complexion. it gives us that coveted radiant glow.

Collagen is a protein that provides structure and elasticity to our skin. As we age, our natural collagen production decreases, leading to sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles. Topical Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis, helping to maintain the skin’s structural integrity. By boosting collagen production, Vitamin C helps to improve skin firmness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promote a more youthful and plumper complexion.

But let’s stop here for a moment.  Not all vitamin C are the same.

Let’s talk about Vitamin C derivatives in skincare! How many of you already use Vitamin C as part of your skin care routine?  Do you know what type of C is in your product? These different forms of Vitamin C each have their unique properties and benefits:

  1. L-ascorbic acid:
    • Stability: This one is the least stable and can oxidize quickly when exposed to air, light, or heat.
    • Absorption: It’s quickly absorbed into the skin.
    • Benefits: It has strong antioxidant properties, boosts collagen production, brightens skin tone, and helps reduce signs of aging.
    • Formulation Tips: Needs a low pH to be effective, which can be irritating for sensitive skin.
  2. Ascorbyl Palmitate:
    • Stability: More stable than L-ascorbic acid but less potent.
    • Absorption: Not absorbed as efficiently into the skin.
    • Benefits: Provides antioxidant benefits, though it’s less effective at boosting collagen compared to L-ascorbic acid.
    • Formulation Tips: Often used in oil-based formulas due to its lipid solubility.
  3. Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (ATIP):
    • Stability: Extremely stable and doesn’t easily oxidize.
    • Absorption: Oil-soluble, allowing for deeper penetration into the skin.
    • Benefits: Provides strong antioxidant effects, enhances collagen production, brightens skin, and is less irritating.
    • Formulation Tips: oil soluble formulations for deeper skin penetration and hydration.


  1. Wound Healing

And let’s wrap it up with wound healing. Whether it’s a minor cut, a blemish, or a post-surgery recovery, Vitamin C speeds up the healing process. It promotes collagen synthesis and reduces inflammation, helping us bounce back faster and minimizing scarring. Topical Vitamin C can accelerate the healing process of minor wounds and acne lesions.


In conclusion, Vitamin C is a multifaceted nutrient with many health benefits, both when consumed internally and when applied topically. From boosting our immune system and protecting against oxidative stress to enhancing skin health, improving iron absorption, supporting cardiovascular health, and aiding in wound healing, the importance of Vitamin C cannot be overstated.

To reap the full benefits of Vitamin C, it’s essential to ensure that you are getting enough in your diet and skincare routine. Citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are all excellent sources. If you need to take a supplement look for natural ingredients such as acerola cherries, camu camu or non-synthetic ascorbic acid. In skincare, look for serums/oils made with ATIP which has better penetration, can be used in lower concentrations and is more stable. Regular use of a high-quality Vitamin C serum can transform your skin and help you achieve a healthier, more radiant complexion.

Stay healthy, stay informed, and make Vitamin C two ways a part of your daily regimen.