The Best Vitamins For Your Skin
- By Dr. Alan J. Parks
- August 6, 2020
You probably hear it all the time; you should be taking vitamins every day to provide your body with the nutrients it may be lacking. You might take a multivitamin every morning, or maybe an iron supplement if you’re anemic. Vitamins are important for your body, and they help it to function its best. You also probably see skincare products that contain vitamins like Vitamin C or Vitamin E, but what do vitamins do for your skin when applied externally?
Vitamins can be extremely effective for enhancing the skin, whether that’s through anti-aging, hydration or helping to brighten the skin. Let’s look into what each vitamin does for the skin, and where you can find it- in alphabetical order, of course.
Vitamin A: You may not have seen straight-up Vitamin A listed on your skincare products. This is because Vitamin A in its truest form is also known as anti-aging favorite retinol. Vitamin A is a cell communicator, meaning that it instructs different skin cells to act as a younger form of themselves after it attaches to them. Retinol itself is one of the most, if not the most powerful and effective anti-aging ingredients in skincare. This is due to the fact that retinol increases the rate of cell turnover, ridding the skin of dead cells to make way for newer, younger and healthier cells to create a brighter and smoother complexion. However, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to start at a low dose of Vitamin A and retinol, as it can cause irritation for some people. If you’re ready to add it to your skincare routine, the Neova Retinol Rapid Tx contains concentrated levels of stabilized retinol, AKA Vitamin A, to reduce pore congestion, improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage and improve the skin’s texture.
Vitamin B3: Vitamin B3 is also known as niacinamide, a popular ingredient in skincare used to balance oil production, reduce the appearance of pores and help strengthen the skin barrier overall. It also helps to treat hyperpigmentation and wrinkles on the skin’s surface, in addition to fighting acne and breakouts due it its antibacterial properties. If you’re looking to incorporate Vitamin B3/Niacinamide into your skincare routine, try the PCA Skin Vitamin B3 Brightening Serum, infused with 6% niacinamide, natural botanicals and glycerin to help improve discoloration, redness and soothe the skin.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is not only great for your body after eating a bowl of fruit, it’s extremely effective for your skin as well. It’s a potent antioxidant known to help brighten the skin of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, protect your skin from free radicals from the sun and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps to stimulate collagen production, which keeps your skin soft and supple and prevents signs of aging. It’s one of the most powerful ingredients in skincare and one of the most widely used. It can be found in anything from cleansers to moisturizers to serums, like DCL’s C Scape High Potency Serum. This formula is created with Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, seaweed extracts and amino acids to increase collagen production, even out skin tone, firm and brighten and protect the skin from aging and free radicals.
Vitamin E: You’ve probably seen Vitamin E mentioned in products formulated for sensitive skin, because it’s known to deliver gentle hydration to even the most sensitive skin. It helps in cellular restoration and healing, in addition to strengthening the skin barrier. Like Vitamin C, it also contains antioxidants that can protect the skin against pollution and other environmental toxins. Vitamin E is an oil-soluble antioxidant, meaning it can best be delivered to your skin in the form of an oil or moisturizer. Vitamin E is even more effective when combined with Vitamin C, like in Vivier’s C E Peptides serum. It’s formulated with the most effective form of Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E and a blend of peptides that work to reduce signs of aging and hyperpigmentation, and also protect the skin against damage from free radicals. It’s also ideal for all skin types.
Vitamin K: Vitamin K is a lesser known skincare savior. It’s especially effective in treating bruising and healing wounds due to the fact that it is a coagulant, meaning that it helps to prevent blood clots. It can help with anything from dark circles to scars thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits. The Revision Skincare Vitamin K Serum is a lightweight serum with Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Squalane and Arnica Montana Extract that helps to reduce irritation in the skin. This powerhouse blend of ingredients helps with redness and work to soothe the skin from irritation.
Now that you know how important vitamins are for your skin and your body, grab your favorite gummy multivitamin and walk through your skincare routine with all your new vitamin-enriched products!