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Why Vitamin C is So Good for You – Inside and Out

For me, a huge part of feeling good comes from having good health. It’s a lifestyle, and one of my “health hacks” is to incorporate one ingredient that has many benefits. My go-to is Vitamin C. I love it. It’s known for its immune-boosting potential, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It plays so many roles in our overall health and is found in many of my favorite fruits and vegetables, so it’s easy to incorporate into a daily routine. And best of all, combining vitamin C and skincare can help you get that youthful glow! Here’s everything you need to know.

Vitamin C: Bountiful Benefits 

Vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid, has great benefits for both the body and the skin. Here’s how you can make sure you’re getting enough of it. 

Where Can I Find Vitamin C? 

1. Back to Basics with Oranges 

Oranges are everyone’s go-to for a daily dose of vitamin C – and for good reason. They’re readily available, boost your immune system, and since one orange contains almost half a cup of water, they’re super hydrating too! Citrus fruit is generally a great source of vitamin C. 

2. Chili Peppers 

This hot little flame provides more vitamin C than an orange! In fact, the green chili has more than the daily recommended intake – so there’s more than enough to go around. Chili peppers are also packed full of other vitamins and nutrients, so if you can handle the heat, it’s worth adding it to your diet.

3. Papaya 

This tropical fruit is a must-have. It’s high in antioxidants, of which vitamin C is one, but it has other types too. Antioxidants help prevent certain diseases and are great for your skin. I love papaya – it tastes amazing and is extremely versatile – fantastic in smoothies and a great reminder of an island paradise!

4. Kale

If you’re searching for reasons to add kale to your diet, here’s one! This superfood contains a ton of vitamin C and lots of iron. Throw some kale in your salad, bake it to make kale chips, or blend it in your smoothie. There’s no reason you should miss out on this powerhouse leafy green! 

5. Strawberries

Strawberries are high in antioxidants, including vitamin C which is also essential for producing collagen – great for the body and your skin! These rosy fruits are lovely on their own, in a smoothie, or dipped in chocolate!

Vitamin C (Self) Care

Taking care of your health is self-care, but to get the most out of vitamin C for skincare, you also need to apply it directly. If you’re looking for ways to pamper yourself with this essential vitamin, there are some fun, spa-worthy options (wrinkle-free skin here we come)!  

To add vitamin C to your skincare, make sure to buy products that have good amounts of it from brands like Glow Up Beauty. Whether it’s cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums, eye creams – or facial masks, bubble baths, lotions, and oils, look for options with vitamin C as a main ingredient to: 

  • Brighten skin
  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Increase collagen production
  • Help with scar healing
  • Even skin tone 

All this without affecting your beautiful, natural pigmentation. I don’t know about you, but I’m not saying no to a natural ingredient that can give me all these benefits! I especially love serums because they’re potent and target your problem areas best. 

While treating yourself, don’t forget to light your favorite citrus-scented candle (hello aromatherapy benefits) and sip on a vitamin C-packed drink like strawberry lemonade or mango juice for a relaxing, rejuvenating experience.

Vitamin C: A Beauty Must-Have

Not only does Vitamin C have several uses, but it also works with other nutrients to help improve the health of your body – I love getting many uses out of one ingredient! Plus, because it’s naturally available in many different foods, incorporating it into your diet should come easy. A few simple changes to your daily routine can make a huge difference when it comes to looking and feeling great. 

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My Go-to Fruit-Infused Water Recipes

The weather is warming up and the best way to cool off (and keep your skin glowing) is to stay hydrated. Water is the way to go for hydration, but it can get a little boring sometimes. Good news: there is a way to boost taste and health benefits – with fruit-infused water. So simple, yet packed with vitamins and nutrients! 

Why Fruit-Infused Water Is so Great 

Infused water. Spa water. Detox water. Whatever you call it, it ticks a lot of boxes: 

  • Helps improve mineral and nutrient absorption, hydrating your body better
  • Supports your metabolism, aiding with weight-loss goals 
  • Increases energy and improves your mood 
  • Boosts your immune function 

My Favorite Spa Water Recipes

Each of these are good to go as soon as you make them, but you’ll get extra flavor if you let them sit overnight. 

1. Peaches & Herb 

A great vocal duo, but also a great combo to infuse your water with. Specifically, peach and basil. Peaches are high in vitamin C (great if you want that #glowup) and basil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. To make it, place a few peach slices and basil leaves in your favorite mason jar. Add ice and top up with water. 

2. Blueberry Orange

Tart meets sweet with this combo, and it’s the perfect balance. Blueberries – a superfood – are packed with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C. Oranges, high in vitamin C as well, also help alkalize the body. Grab a handful of blueberries, a few slices of oranges, place in your favorite jug (you’re going to want lots of this!), add ice and water, and let sit for about 30 minutes. 

3. Lime & Mint 

This pair makes for an amazing natural cleanse. Lime is a detoxifier that helps with digestion and is packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidants – great for skin health. Mint reduces inflammation and soothes the stomach. Plus they taste great together and are super refreshing. The perfect cool-down on super hot days! Add water and ice and you’re good to go. 

Another perk of fruit-infused water is that you can make it your way, combining fruits of your choice. You can also go bubbly with sparkling water or add a bit of your favorite rose and make it a spritzer! 

Fruit-Infused Water for the Win 

Being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. With small changes like adding fruit to your water, you can give your body the health boost it needs AND enjoy great flavor. They’re also a nice decorative accent for your kitchen! 

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