We live in a world that’s rich with pollutants and each of these pollutants can damage your body and your skin. Exposure to pollutants increases how fast your body and skin ages.

You have environmental factors, the damaging rays of the sun – and for those who have a cigarette habit, smoking can also damage your body inside and out and it can nullify the Vitamin C you do take in. Damage can also occur as a result of secondhand smoke.

Thankfully, there is a way that you can fight back against pollutants – and it’s an inexpensive way, too. You can make sure that you’re eating a diet of foods that are rich in Vitamin C.

The first way that your body fights back against pollutants is with healthy skin. Vitamin C is needed for the production of collagen. Vitamin C works with your body to help keep the production of collagen at a needed level.

Without enough Vitamin C, the collagen can start to break down. Because collagen is a connective tissue in the body, once you run on a Vitamin C deficit, the skin starts to wrinkle and sag.

Of course, the easiest and most natural way to get enough Vitamin C is by having a diet rich in this vitamin. Whenever Vitamin C is mentioned, people automatically think of oranges or orange juice – and while it’s true that both are a way to get daily doses of the vitamin, there are other choices so that you can have a variety.

Look to citrus fruits for your Vitamin C. Check out limes as well as grapefruits and lemons. Other fruits that have Vitamin C are strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, guava and peaches.

You might not be aware that peppers are loaded with Vitamin C. Both green and red peppers contain this vitamin, but the amount of Vitamin C is higher in red bell peppers than in green. Red bell peppers have at least double the amount that the green ones do.

Of course, leafy green vegetables have this nutrient, too – and you can get that in spinach or cabbage. Romaine lettuce, kale and turnip greens also have Vitamin C. The good news about getting enough of this vitamin in your diet is that not only does it improve your health and skin, but it also fights back against the diseases (like cancer) that you can get from being exposed to certain pollutants.