The Autumn Equinox Is Coming Up — Here's How To Keep Your Summer Glow
As summer comes to an end, you might be worried your vacation glow will begin to dull. While your tan may fade (unless you opt for self-tanner), your complexion doesn't have to lose radiance. Here's our healthy skin hack to keep your skin bright even during cooler months.
Why vitamin C is ideal for glowing skin.
If your body is low on vitamin C, your skin may appear more wrinkly or dry, research demonstrates1. That's because vitamin C plays a vital role in the collagen synthesis process. In fact, your body cannot effectively produce collagen without the antioxidant2.
What's more, ingesting vitamin C has solid research showing it can support overall skin health3. According to a study4 published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, higher vitamin C intake is associated with less wrinkled skin.*
It's also shown to help temper oxidative stress in cells, thanks to its antioxidant properties. This not only supports skin cell health but can help support skin from previous UV exposure5 (we're looking at you, post-vacation sun spots).*
While you may think popping a few berries every once in a while will suffice, that's not necessarily the case. In fact, 46% of U.S. adults6 are failing to reach optimal vitamin C intake from food alone—which means there's about a 50/50 chance you're not getting enough vitamin C from your daily meals.
The solution: Pay special attention to foods rich in vitamin C as summer ends. Here's a list of some extra-rich vitamin C fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your diet if you're on the hunt. And if you want to crank it up a notch (and fully leverage whole-body health benefits), opt for a high-quality vitamin C supplement, too.*
If you're worried your vacation-induced glow will fade as the leaves turn, you might want to take vitamin C consumption into consideration. You may want to pick up a topical vitamin C serum while you're at it—why not double down on vitamin C skin care?
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including health, wellness, sustainability, personal development, and more. She previously interned for Almost 30, a top-rated health and wellness podcast. In her current role, Hannah reports on the latest beauty trends, holistic skincare approaches, must-have makeup products, and inclusivity in the beauty industry. She currently lives in New York City.