Many individuals around the world swallow at least one vitamin each day. In most cases, we take them for what they will help us avoid – things like the “common cold” or other illnesses. But vitamins have so much more to offer us than just an immunity boost during the cold winter months or other times when we’re most likely to get poorly.
For those who care about their skin and maintaining its youthful look, the use of certain vitamins is essential. While there are no magic vitamins that will function as a proverbial “fountain of youth” for your skin, there are many that will provide positive results when used as suggested.
Combining them with other skin-saving habits, like using sun screen and limiting sun exposure, refraining from smoking, and eating well, and you’ve got a vitamin-filled recipe for success.
The pre-formed type of Vitamin A – known as retinol and mainly found in animal products – has long been used by dermatologists for the treatment of acne and related conditions. However, what many don’t realise is that this vitamin also boasts some great anti-aging properties.
Research has shown that it can assist in the reduction of fine lines and is a smart way to address generalised photoaged skin damaged by UV rays.
Niacin – also known as Vitamin B3 – gives skin a brighter “glowing” look and is also full of antioxidants and anti-wrinkle properties. A topical application of Niacin removes something known as ROS – or Reactive Oxygen Species – which are free radicals responsible for causing skin cell damage. That means skin will look more youthful with its use.
In addition, Vitamin B7 – Biotin – provides the fatty acids essential to keeping skin looking healthy. Biotin deficiency is rare, but can cause dry skin and cracks at the corner of the mouth.
Lots of people consume extra Vitamin C in the winter months and during cold and flu season. As a matter of fact, reports show more people take Vitamin C than any other supplement. What you may not know, however, is that it provides lots of good stuff for your skin as well, including protection from photodamage caused by free radicals.
Overall skin texture is improved with Vitamin C use and fine lines tend to diminish. In addition, topical Vitamin C preparations offer protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Vitamin E has long been known to combat aging of the skin and as such can be found in lots of skincare products. Its anti-oxidant properties are huge so it’s great for sun-damaged skin that’s aging prematurely.
In studies, it’s been determined that Vitamin E can also reduce the risk of sunburn from UVB rays so you may find it in some sunscreen products, though it should never be used as a substitute for traditional sunscreen.
Vitamin K is often given to patients for the purpose of prompting blood coagulation but we also know that it’s also good for the skin. Its use in eye creams can help to reduce unsightly, dark under-eye circles that make you look tired or to help with other hyperpigmented areas of the skin.
Before you run out and purchase any over-the-counter vitamin-containing products, ask me about vitamin use for your personal skincare regimen. I may be able to suggest products that will suit you based on your skin type and individual skin issues.
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