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Vitamin C is one of the keys to healthy, youthful skin. It's a potent antioxidant and a major part of rebuilding skin's collagen. According to Dr. Oz, applying it to the skin can be up to 20 times more effective than getting it from your diet or supplementation from vitamins. If you want to get the most out of this vitamin, start adding it to your beauty regimen and see the results for yourself. 

Rebuilding Collagen - The fact that this vitamin helps to rebuild collagen, the tissue that keeps skin elastic, is the foundation many of the other benefits you'll get. According to research by Linus Pauling, Ph.D., skin cells that are exposed to vitamin C produce eight times more collagen.

Soften The Appearance of Wrinkles - As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles are formed. By using vitamin C on your skin you can help slow down this process and help your skin keep its youthful elasticity. 

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Lighten Age Spots - Because it's a powerful antioxidant this vitamin can help to not only prevent age spots, but actually help to reverse sun damage, including discoloration and sunburns. One of the best and easiest methods is to use lemon juice. Lemons are high in citric acid and very affordable when compared to other treatments for age spots. You can use a bit of the juice on your skin for an all over treatment, or spot treat to lighten discoloration from sun damage. 

Reverse Effects From UV Damage  - Sun damage and environmental pollutants can decrease the amount of C vitamin in your skin by 30-55%. So, by adding some back into your beauty routine, you'll help replenish the vitamins destroyed by UV damage and give back your skin's natural defense. 

Prevent Free Radical Damage - In addition to helping rebuild collagen, this antioxidant also help prevent damage from free radicals. This type of damage can break down the collagen in the skin, causing it to lose firmness and elasticity. Using vitamin C directly on skin can help give skin an antioxidant boost, limiting cellular damage caused by free radicals.