Vitamin C & Collagen Production
Skin care pros recommend supplementing with Vitamin C to support collagen production needed for firm, youthful skin.
When we were children, our skin was so smooth and firm because our bodies were producing collagen at a rapid pace. Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in the body, and is responsible not only for firm skin, but healthy joint cartilage and strong bones, tendons, and ligaments.
The process begins with the amino acids glycine and proline. They form a stranded collagen precursor called procollagen. In the hydroxylation process, a functional group containing hydrogen and oxygen atoms bonds to the procollagen and collagen is formed.
The hydroxylation process needs presence of Vitamin C to function as a cofactor, a substance that is essential for the activity of an enzyme. Without Vitamin C, the enzymes prolyl-4-hydroxylase and lysyl-hydroxylase cannot act as catalysts for the hydroxylation process and collagen can’t form.*
Like many other processes, our natural collagen production slows significantly as we age. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that the process has the raw materials its needs. Though many topical serums are marketed to the contrary, collagen production happens in the deeper layer of your skin. Since your skin is the barrier from external threats, it is purposely difficult for topical substances to penetrate into the deeper layers where the collagen production system needs its Vitamin C.*
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