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Vitamin C is necessary for the proper formation and function of all body tissues, including the formation of collagen, iron absorption, immune function, maintenance of cartilage and bones and wound healing. It is also a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radicals and pollutants that damage DNA. 

Vitamin C can also be a powerful addition to any skincare regimen. When used topically, it functions within the cell to protect against cellular damage from free radicals and oxidative stress, which can lead to collagen and elastin breakdown, inflammation and skin aging. 

Vitamin C is equally effective against both UVB and UVA radiation, so it provides an additional layer of sun protection if used with sunscreen (which research has shown only blocks 45-55% of the free radicals produced from UV exposure). 

We recommend Vitamin C formulations also contain Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. Vitamin E increases the efficacy of Vitamin C and they work together to create a protective barrier on the skin and within the skin cells. Ferulic acid is another plant-derived antioxidant that has been shown to increase the efficacy of Vitamin C eight-fold. 

We also recommend taking a wholistic approach to caring for your skin, so eating a diet that is rich in antioxidant foods is important.

Here are some Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables that can help you get your daily dose:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Broccoli (cooked)
  • Red cabbage
  • Bell peppers
  • Kiwi
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Snow peas
  • Pineapple

In short, Vitamin C is one of the best ingredients to apply to your skin daily – it helps with sun protection, protects from environmental free radicals, helps minimize collagen breakdown and can help brighten skin tone! Try CLARA FRESH SQUEEZED, daily collagen-boosting brightening serum with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid – we recommend applying in the morning after washing and before your moisturizer and sunscreen! Come see us if you need more help formulating the best routine for your skin! Good Skin Starts Here.

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