L-Ascorbic Acid

By Alexandra D’Ambrosio

L-Ascorbic Acid, also known as Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid is a water soluble vitamin. L-Ascorbic Acid is found in plants and as the human body cannot synthesize it on its own, doctors recommend increasing amounts of fruits and vegetables, as these are the only sources of the vitamin available for us.

L-Ascorbic Acid has three main properties:

  • It is an anti-oxidant
  • Inhibitor of melanin
  • Stimulates collagen synthesis

With such properties, it comes as no surprise that L-ascorbic acid can be really beneficial for the human body. Some of its benefits include:

  • Reduces the chance of getting skin cancer from UVA and UVB exposure- It also has the capability of preventing it altogether
  • Being an inhibitor of melanin, L-Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C works to lighten the skin
  • Assists in preventing fine lines and makes the skin firm
  • Helps in restoring a more youthful appearance
  • Reduces the effects of sunburn
  • Prevents cell skin damage due to exposure to UV rays
  • It is widely used for the prevention of scurvy
  • Also effective in treating cold
  • According to some, it also hardens the arteries and prevents vein clotting, high blood pressure and regulates cholesterol levels
  • L-Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C also helps in treating glaucoma and for the prevention of cataracts, dental cavities, constipation and other diseases

L-Ascorbic Acid is fast in its operations and its results are evident within a few days of usage. One can notice a considerable improvement in skin tone and texture with regular usage. Moreover, it can take a few months for L-Ascorbic acid to treat depressed/old scars.