You know that getting the right nutrients and vitamins is important for your health, but do you realize that vitamins are also important for your complexion? You get a lot of the vitamins your skin needs from eating a healthy diet, and that is certainly important. However, you can also supplement this by applying vitamins directly to your skin, where they can have an immediate impact. Here are some important vitamins for your skin, and how to use them.
Vitamin A targets wrinkles
This vitamin is the best overall for helping you reduce the signs of aging. It has been clinically proven in over 700 studies to help reduce wrinkles and lines, and fade brown spots. Derivatives of vitamin A are called retinoids, and there are numerous lotions and creams which are based on these tried and true anti-aging ingredients.
It is best to apply retinol products to your face at night, because sunlight can lower the effectiveness of vitamin A. Look for retinoid creams over the counter, and you can also get prescription products. Prescription products work faster, but are stronger and can be irritating to the skin, while OTC products are simple and safe.
Vitamin B3 reduces redness
Vitamin B3 is found in many popular creams and serums, and you may see it called niacinimide. This vitamin helps your body increase the production of fatty acids and ceramides, which are part of your skin’s protective barrier. Strengthening this barrier helps your skin keep the moisture in, and toxic irritants out. B3 can also lower the redness associated with rosacea.
You can apply B3 creams to your face both morning and night. It can be used together with your vitamin A retinoid products.
Vitamin C reduces spots
Vitamin C helps to get rid of free radicals, which can damage your skin, causing sagging, wrinkling, and dark spots. Using vitamin C on the skin helps to firm and smooth the complexion, and reduce the appearance of age and sun spots. Women who use this over time, find an improvement in both discoloration and fine lines.
Use vitamin C products on your skin in the morning, before applying sunscreen. This way, they can help shield you from any free radicals created by UV rays. Using vitamins C and A together provides better complexion results than using either on its own, since they work in different ways.
If you don’t want to use creams on your face, you can always turn to supplements or make your own skin treatment from orange juice, raw eggs and coconut oil. Mix all these together in a bowl and spread it on the face for 30 minutes. The end result is a beautiful, glowing skin you’ll absolutely adore.
Vitamin E moisturizes
Numerous research studies have shown that vitamin E can help to protect your skin from damage due to UV exposure or cigarette smoke. This vitamin has a potent ability to remove free radicals, protecting your skin from these damaging molecules. It can make your skin feel less dry, by helping it retain more of its natural moisture. It can also reduce redness.
Sunlight can destroy the skin’s natural vitamin E rapidly, so replenish this by using vitamin E creams both before and after exposure to the sun. Look for a sunscreen that contains both vitamins E and C for the best protection.
Vitamin K lightens dark circles
One cause of dark circles around the eyes is fragile capillaries, which can let blood leak out into the skin. Vitamin K (also called phytonadione) appears to stop this seepage, thereby lightening the circles. Using this in conjunction with vitamin A appears to provide the best benefits, since the retinol from vitamin A also thickens the skin below the eyes, making it stronger and less likely to show damage. You can find vitamin K in eye creams, many of which also contain retinol. Use these once or twice a week to start with, then increase to using nightly.
Certain vitamin can work miracles for your skin. Whether they help eradicate wrinkles, moisturize or hydrate, it’s imperative that we include vitamins into our skincare regime in order to have a healthy-looking, beautiful complexion.