The current secret weapon – VITAMIN C

It’s THE beauty trend at the moment – vitamin C serum. Or should we finally start to supply ourselves with vitamin C from the inside ? 

In the meantime every beauty guru knows that at least one new fancy skin serum is released every year. It’s always against wrinkles for beautiful plump and healthy skin. Of course it has to be glowy as well. Many different names and the most important ingredient of the season. 

The current secret weapon: vitamin C. 

It’s well known that vitamin C is a miracle cure. But recently, vitamin C – or ascorbic acid – is also used in care products, so you’re applying them directly to your skin. Vitamins in general are healthy and it shouldn’t be a secret anymore that a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables also has a positive effect on our skin. 

What you probably don’t know: our skin needs vitamin C, our body in general, to stay healthy and beautiful. It’s involved in collagen production and keeps the skin firm and juicy. If our skin is optimally supplied with vitamin C, it’s also better protected against free radicals and less susceptible to damage from UV radiation, because UV radiation is the number one cause of wrinkles. Sounds like vitamin C serums are THE anti-aging product par excellence. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. 

It’s pretty hard to get an overdose of vitamin C via the normal diet. An overdose is likely to occur only if you overdo the supplements for a long period of time. The upper limit in blood of 15 milliliters per liter would be exceeded then. 

The symptoms of vitamin C overdose are fairly harmless for healthy people. The water-soluble vitamin is normally excreted in the urine. In a few cases, there is an ability of stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhea. As soon as the body has excreted the excess vitamin C, there are no further side effects. 

A vitamin C overdose is problematic if you already have previous illnesses. People with metabolic diseases or kidney problems are at risk. Since the kidney is an important excretory organ, an underfunction can delay the excretion of vitamin C. This can cause oxalic acid to form and increase the risk of kidney stones. 

However, as soon as it is liquefied, vitamin C loses its effect relatively quickly, which means that the serums and creams that may have been on the store shelves for weeks or months are unlikely to offer the benefit of fresh vitamin C. 

Conversely, if you technically have a vitamin C deficiency, it can also be absorbed through the skin. Weakened skin can therefore strengthen with vitamin C serums. But I also have to say that these statements are only correct in the sense that the surface structure of the skin improves. So you could say the beauty must-have of the hour isn’t total nonsense. 

Shouldn’t one then primarily think about directly improving the vitamin C balance from the inside out? 

Taking a vitamin C supplement should be considered especially if you are on a strict diet or have to avoid vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables due to intolerance. The cause of an insufficient intake is usually a one-sided diet. Taking various medications can also worsen the supply of vitamin C in the long term – even among younger people. These include, for example, the birth control pill, various antibiotics or acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin). Smokers, in particular, have an increased need because they are more exposed to free radicals from tobacco consumption (oxidative stress). As a result, your metabolism consumes around 40 percent more vitamin C. At the same time, smokers absorb around 10 percent less vitamin C from the intestine into the blood if they smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day. There is also an increased need for operations, infections, cancer, serious injuries, diabetes mellitus, gastrointestinal diseases and permanent stress, as well as for heavy physical exertion and excessive alcohol consumption. 

A good year ago, the food societies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland raised their recommendations (reference values) for vitamin C intake. Today, adolescents and adults should take in at least 100 milligrams a day (mg / d). Pregnant women from the fourth month recommend nutritionists 110 and breastfeeding women 150 mg daily. Due to the higher need, they advise smokers to take 150 mg daily. Compared to 1991, the recommendations are now up to a third higher. The reason for this are new studies that have shown that the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases or cancer in non-smokers is best seen with plasma levels of over 0.9 mg / dl and a daily vitamin C intake of 90 to 100 mg lets lower. The great advantage of many vitamin C supplements is that they release the building block in small quantities over several hours, so that the body stays with it for hours. 

Of course, this can also be ingested through food. Ascorbic acid is found in many types of fruit and vegetables. Although citrus fruits contain a lot of vitamin C, the real vitamin bombs are green cabbages, sauerkraut, peppers as well as sea buckthorn and black currant. So if you like it juicy, take it naturally 

Of course all of this information can be confusing or a bit much at once, so you should first sit down with your doctor and discuss whether a preparation would be advisable in your personal case. 

A personal note from yours truly: I would definitely call myself a beauty junkie and have been following the trend for a long time. So I have already tried one or the other serum and concentrate. In the end, however, I chose a dietary supplement.