The Benefits of Taking Vitamins
If you’ve been invested in your skin’s health for any decent amount of time, you’re well aware that a handful of creams and scrubs can’t do all the work on their own. The foods you eat, the amount of water you drink, and the nutrients you ingest all play a huge factor in the appearance of your skin.
Vitamins, for example, are critical for maintaining your skin’s health, appearance, and function. Not to mention, vitamins can also be used to manage skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and aging caused by UV rays.
Not sure if you’re getting enough vitamins from your current skin care regimen? Here is a list of vitamins to consider that can contribute to your skin’s overall health.
An ode to the alphabet, we’ll start at the beginning of the list with Vitamin A. It’s probably one of the most familiar vitamins you’ve seen. The recommended amount of Vitamin A is found in a wide range of common foods but it’s very important that you make sure you’re getting a sufficient amount or you’ll miss out on the rewards.
Benefits: increases skin cell production, reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes anti-aging
There are eight different types of vitamins that make up the Vitamin B family, and each form offers a unique skin benefit. The most important thing to know is that the complex of B vitamins is critical for maintaining the functionality of your body’s cells, including skin cells.
Benefits of B3 (niacin): promotes anti-aging, brightens skin, reduces look of redness
Benefits of B5 (pantothenic acid): increases moisture retention, enhances smoothness (true in hair care products as well)
Benefits of B7 (biotin) - Also known as “hair, skin, and nails” pills, B7 promotes healthy skin, increases nail growth and strengthens hair follicles
Vitamin C is your best friend when it comes to boosting collagen and brightening skin. If taken orally, Vitamin C can boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen which can shield you from harmful UV rays. Not to mention, Vitamin C can also protect you from the common cold.
Benefits: provides protection against harmful free radicals, reduces the chance of skin cancer, brightens skin, fights the look of dark spots, promotes collagen, promotes firm skin and evens the appearance of skin tone
Do you live in an area with little sunlight? You could be missing out on a significant source of Vitamin D. These vitamins are vital for healthy cellular growth, repair, and removal.
Benefits: promotes even skin tone, reduces skin inflammation
An antioxidant, vitamin E is one of the most important photoprotection vitamins. In short, it’s used to shield the skin from harmful UV rays and sun damage. Added bonus, this vitamin is perfect for those with dry skin.
Benefits: reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promotes healing, enhances moisture, reduces dark spots
Unless you’ve delved deep into the world of vitamins, you may not be familiar with Vitamin K. However, if you bruise easily or have persistent dark circles, Vitamin K may be the supplement you’ve been desperately searching for.
Benefits: reduces bruising, promotes circulation, reduces dark circles, supports cellular growth
These are just a handful of vitamin supplements you’ll discover as you start your journey toward healthier skin. What’s most important is that on your skin care journey you understand that no singular skin care product can replace the importance of your nutrient intake. Pay close attention to the products that you use, the foods that you eat and make sure you’re getting a sufficient amount of nutrients for your unique body and skin type.
Important note: While there are many benefits to the above vitamins, there can be side effects to taking too much of certain types. Before purchasing a vitamin supplement, consider consulting your physician. A medical professional can recommend what doses and vitamin supplements you should take.