Vitamin C plays an important role in the health of your skin. Young skin is full of vitamin C but as you age, the amount of the nutrient in your skin declines. Exposure to UV light along with environmental pollutants and cigarette smoke cause an even larger reduction of vitamin C in your skin. Vitamin C plays an important role in the production of collagen, which gives your skin elasticity. The nutrient also reduces age spots.

How to Get Enough Vitamin C

-Use products that contain vitamin C. For example, products that naturally reduce age spots or add elasticity may use forms of vitamin C as a main ingredient. Zax Darkspot Cream uses citrus ushiu peel extract, a specific form of vitamin C. L-ascorbic acid is another form of vitamin C used in anti-aging skincare products. Additionally, some vitamin C-based skin serums may also help add the nutrient back into your skin. -Add vitamin C to your diet. Choose foods that contain a lot of vitamin C like red and yellow peppers, leafy green vegetables, guavas, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, cooked tomatoes, peas, and papayas. In the meantime, continue to protect your skin from UV light by wearing a daily broad spectrum sunscreen to stave off any further reduction of vitamin C in your skin. And of course, don't smoke. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.