Following excerpted from Dr. Andrew Weil:
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and an essential nutrient, meaning our bodies can't make it and we must obtain it from our diets. Specifically, vitamin C:
Getting vitamin C through your diet is easy - food sources are abundant and can be enjoyed all year long: try increasing your intake of broccoli, cantaloupe, kiwi, oranges, peppers, pineapple, pink grapefruit and strawberries. Supplemental vitamin C is another option - I suggest a vitamin C supplement derived from d-glucose, taken with a meal to reduce any stomach irritation.
My take: Vitamin C supplements are not always absorbed fully. One only absorbs 200 mg at a time, while the rest is flushed by the kidney. So taking a 1000 mg tablet is somewhat of a waste.
I remember the story told by prominent physician who said the best way to take vitamin C is in powdered form. The powder is white, and gets better absorption. He recommended taking it 5 times a day. One day in his office, the first patient looked at him a little "funny". As did the next one. So he went into his office, looked in the mirror, and saw the white powder on his upper lip. He hurried back and explained it was not cocaine, just vitamin C.
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First, the answer is yes, retinol can make wrinkles worse, especially when you first start using it. What is happening is a drying effect, and one can get epidermal sliding from separation from the dermis. But this is temporary, and will eventually end up tightening the skin around the eyelids, provided you are using a potent retinol preparation.