We are always told that Vitamin C is the key to a healthy body and happy skin, but you might wanna revise this rule of thumb during the warmer months. Dermatologist Dr. Janet Prystowsky warns that this nutritious citrus can also have its drawbacks. Read below to find out why.
Dr. Prystowsky, what are the benefits of Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is used in skin care as a brightener for excess pigmentation and to treat and prevent photo-aging.
What foods are typically touted as the best sources for Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is found in high concentration in citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, but many fruits and vegetables have good amounts of vitamin C also.
What benefits can we expect to see in our skin if we are diligently ingesting Vitamin C?
Maintaining good nutrition from vitamin C will help your body build and maintain collagen. Collagen is important for maintaining the structure of the skin, sort of like scaffolding. If there is not enough, blood vessels lose support and begin bleeding.
Are there any drawbacks to Vitamin C?
At high intake levels of vitamin C, for example, a gram a day, can be associated with increased risk of kidney stones. Check with your doctor if you plan to take supplemental vitamin C to be certain your health can tolerate the dosage.
Does eating a lot of citrus foods or drinks before going out in the sun cause you to get a sunburn?
Not exactly. Touching or rubbing a citrus peel before going out in the sun can make you sunburn in those areas due to a chemical, psoralen, that gets onto your skin from the peel. Psoralen is a potent sun sensitizer. Eating citrus foods or drinks does not give you a sunburn.
Are there precautions one should take before and after sun exposure when it comes to our diet?
A normal, healthy diet is all that you need before and after sun exposure. A nutritional supplement, heliocare, is derived from a fern and and this can also decrease sun toxicity if it is taken prior to sun exposure.
More on the summer skin care dangers Vitamin C can cause to come!