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Georgia Collins

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Fact: vitamin C is essential in helping maintain a healthy body But what many of us don't know is it has manymore benefits thanjust helpingus fight off a cold. It is also crucial for youngerJooking, blemish-free skin. Of course, what we want to know is exactlyhowmuchvitamin C we needto achieve this holy grail of skincare, and why is it so powerful?

LESSISMORE Our bodies can't produce vitamin C independently, so we need to find it elsewhere. Specialists have debated the exact arnount we should be consuming for years and according to Ana-Kristina Skrapac, the specialist dietician and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, a surprisingly small amount wiII do, 40-60mg per day Overdosing won't help reverse the ageing process either, explains

Skrapac. 'Mtamin C is a water-soluble nutrient, which means any more than the amount our bodies can absorb will go straight through us,' she says.

COLI-{GENBOOST Perhaps the most important role that vitamin C (or L-ascorbic acid, as you'll often see it called on labels) plays in the body is its abiJity to stimulate collagen

production in the skin

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the key to a plumped

complexion. i\eing and tIV rays can deplete collagen Ievels, but vitamin C not only kick-starts its production, it makes exactly the right type that the skin can use,' says Dr Tom Mammone, Clinique's executive

director of skin physiology and pharmacology

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collagen levels, excessive free radicals [t qpeeds up skjn turnover] and address anv

the pith of vitamin-C-rich foods such as oranges, lemons and grapefruits, help strensthen the walls of these sofi tissues, ensuring they are smooth

explains: 'Bioflavonoids (al<a vitamin p) found in

says Dr Mammone. ,Its multitasking abilities mean it can work on decreaseJ

pigment damage that acne mayhave caused.'

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in creams are magnesium

peppers, strawberries and parsley are also excellent sources - eat fresh, raw, or soon after it's been steamed. Fruitjuice (with no added sugar) is good, but restrict yourself

to a small glass, as that,ll give you all the vitamin C you need. If you,re fighting

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ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl palmitate, but make sure they,re high up on the list of ingredients.

THEBESTMULTITASKER 'The great thing about vitamin C is its versatility and because it,s a natural

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An antioxidant-rich powder that turns to cream upon application, each vial contains 1.959 of vitamin C. pure Wtamin

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Sam Bunting. She advises choosing white and clear products so you can detect

vitamin C in your diet, don,t just buy oranges. Kiwis, red

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bad include a yellowish colour changer' advises cosmetic dermatologist Dr

antioxidants vitamin E and ferulic acid to do exactly that.

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antioxidant and can actually release those unwanted free radicals. 'Tieat your beauty products with care - tell-tale signs of vitamin C gone

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active, which means it to be stabilised in skincare products. If not, it stops being an effbctive

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reduce sun-induced hlper-pigmentation. IntmsituMagC Gel, {47.50,

needs

when a bond breaks and they then attach themselves to the

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Using a stable form of vitamin C and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, this gel helps increase collagen production and

and blood ispumped easily,

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cell damage. 'Vitamin C plugs

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as a key ingredient in acne treatrnents,,

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implications, especially on the heart. As

used more and more

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piope.tiei of vitamin C are harnessed and used with vitamin E and ergothioneine, a naturally occurring

amino acid, to protect the skin froni environmental aggressors. Rzpaintnar SPF 15 FirmingDal Cream,

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immune-boosting properties. A study by The Journal of Nutrition found white

button mushrooms (with their antiviral effects), and zinc supplements (to fight infection)will help.

CIRCUI-ATIONINCREASE Vitamin C also plays an important role in our circulatory systems. As we age, our soft-tissue structures - like veins and arteries - become weak, causing sluggish blood flow, which has negative

active, it's also very safe,, says Dr Mammone.

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daily supplement contains allicin

found in garlic (an antimicrobial), as well your daily dose of vitamin C and 40mg of citrus bioflavonoids, essential for tissue repdr. All;'uin Max, d I G. 2 0, Altbin Max I $t as

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nothing else,' she concludes.

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inflammation. 'It's so well-tolerated that almost every patient I see will leave

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highlights its anti-inflammatorv properties, too - it reduces th" *.rrugo between cells that contribute to

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abilities, so suck up to seven of these a day when you feel the onset of a cold. (inc plus

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ELLE May 2012  

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