Vitamin C has antioxidant properties to help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to smoke and radiation that contribute to poor health. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb and store iron.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system.
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.