Add vitamin C to your diet for 5 skin benefits

Remember I covered 10 things vitamin C can do for your skin awhile back? In that entry, I had looked at most of the benefits from using vitamin C topically. Interestingly, I’ve read that oral consumption of vitamin C does nothing for our skin. However, I found some studies that state otherwise. So I thought I’ll just list them here as food for your consideration.

Personally, I consume quite a cocktail of vitamin C daily in the form of a cup of vitamin C drink with Madre Labs Madre-C first thing each morning and fresh fruits like orange and pineapple sometime later in the day. I really feel uncomfortable when I do not take my daily does of vitamin C. It could be all in my mind but I rather take more than less because vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and hence, my body can’t store it. I also like to think that it does something for my skin—the more specific benefits I’ll discuss below.


1. Helps prevent dry skin
Higher intakes of dietary vitamin C have been correlated with a decreased risk of dry skin, suggesting that ascorbic acid may have effects on trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) (source).

2. Helps prevent skin wrinkling
Higher intakes of vitamin C from the diet were associated with better skin appearance, with notable decreases in skin wrinkling (source).

3. Helps fight off damage from free radicals
Vitamin C as an antioxidant can block some of the damage caused by free radicals, substances that damage DNA. Multiple studies have found that oral supplementation of vitamin C with a combination of vitamin E effectively protects against UV-induced damage caused by free radicals (source).

4. Helps provide photoprotection
Oral supplementation with vitamin C may help prevent UV-induced damage, especially in combination with supplemental vitamin E. Dietary vitamin C may also provide photoprotection (source), but the extent of the protective effects may not be as good as when the vitamin is used topically.

5. Helps build skin collagen
Vitamin C is an important nutrient to enhance collagen synthesis (source).

Some of the studies appear to be limited so do note that these benefits may not be widely endorsed. I also came across some suggesting that taking 1000mg to 3000mg of vitamin C orally can brighten the skin tone but I couldn’t find any studies to support that claim. In any case, I still think that taking vitamin C daily does help our skin somewhat but the effects are not as astounding when compared to applying vitamin C onto our skin topically.

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  1. says

    This is very informative, Ewa! I’m always taking Vitamin C supplements and I never thought it has great effects on my skin. Anyway, I would love to try Madre-C. Thanks for sharing this article.
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  2. says

    In my case, it’s true that when I take 1k – 3k Vit C for many days, my skin looks much healthier. But because it’s water-soluble, I prefer to break it up like you (one in the morning and one in the afternoon/night). I learned of that trick after taking brightening supplements for awhile. I noticed that almost all of them, or at least those that worked for me, had to be taken 3x a day.
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    • Sesame says

      Glad to hear it helped your skin look healthier. And thanks for highlighting the benefits of breaking up the intake!

  3. fwy says

    I have started taking wolfberries infused with warm water again. I was told wolfberries also contains Vit C.

  4. Cynthia says

    Can supplement (Vit C) be drank with alkaline water? Does it null its effect as I know that medicine cannot be taken with alkaline water?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Sesame says

      This is an interesting question and I don’t know the answer. I haven’t thought about this and it’s definitely worth checking out.

  5. Pauline says


    Am planning to buy Madre C , normally u just mix it with water or with other beverages?

    Need more option when I take these. Thanks

    • Sesame says

      I just mix with water. But you can add with other beverages if you like. The taste is slightly sour.


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