The Power of Vitamins in Skin Care

29th November, 2012 - Posted by Victoria Girard - 12 Comments

Vitamins for your skin

Vitamins are not only extremely beneficial for your health but they also provide great benefits for your skin as well. But which vitamins actually help to improve your skin? Take a look at the list below and feed your skin a daily dose of healthy vitamins.

Vitamin A

This vitamin gets a lot of press because of its ability to fight aging in the skin. However, it can be irritating to the skin so a tolerance has to be built up gradually especially with prescription strength products such as Retin A or Renova (tretinoic.) The non-prescription form, retinol, is much gentler on the skin but delivers powerful results given more time.

Vitamin A can be used to treat dry skin, acne, age spots, pore size, as well as lines and wrinkles. This anti-aging vitamin encourages the renewal of skin cells and tissue making your skin look smoother and younger. As effective as this ingredient is for de-aging your skin you need to make sure to apply it at night. It can react with the sun producing free radicals and can also cause sun sensitivity making sunscreen even more of a necessity.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is a moisturizer that can be used for both skin and hair. It has been shown to repair damaged hair and works well to soften and condition your skin. Also known as Biotin or Panthenol, vitamin B infuses the skin with pure moisture.

Vitamin C

This is one of my all time favorite vitamins for the skin. It has a great deal of research backing its effectiveness against wrinkles. This powerful vitamin comes in number of different forms (L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and C ester.) Most of the impressive results coming from scientific studies is when vitamin C is the in the L ascorbic acid form. However this form of vitamin C is the most unstable and oxidizes when exposed to oxygen. When it oxidizes it not only becomes useless but actually can produce free radicals which damage the skin. When L ascorbic acid becomes oxidized it darkens and should be thrown out. It also needs to be used in concentrations of at least 10% in order to be effective.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also dramatically increases collagen and elastin production. L ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate tend to be the most effective in stimulating collagen synthesis. Vitamin C is a great way to start off your day as it works to fight wrinkles while protecting your skin from free radical attacks.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E (Alpha tocopherol, tocopheryl acetate, and tocopheryl linoleate) is a very powerful antioxidant that has also been shown to greatly accelerate healing, sooth dry skin, and prevent UV damage. It makes an amazing moisturizer and also helps to fight aging. Argan oil (an incredible botanical oil) is absolutely loaded with vitamin E and really improves the texture and appearance of your skin.

Vitamin F

Linoleic acid, omega 3, evening primrose, black currant, and flaxseed oil are all forms of vitamin F. Vitamin F is an essential fatty acid that is an effective lipid and has the ability to actually re-create this skin lipid barrier when it has been stripped by harsh cleansers or chemicals.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is used to diminish under eye circles. In high concentrations it can be very effective, but unfortunately because it’s a very expensive ingredient many products don’t contain enough to make a huge difference. If you are looking for an eye treatment that contains vitamin K, make sure it shows up at the beginning of the ingredient deck.

Infusing your skin with healthy vitamins daily helps you maintain a beautiful, healthy, and youthful complexion.

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12 Comments

richa

December 4th, 2012 at 6:03 am    


This is great piece of info, Victoria. I have heard this from my mom too that Vitamins are good for skin. Loved reading this. Thanks for the share.

Dona

December 4th, 2012 at 1:30 pm    


All vitamins are needful for skin care. I think that vitamin C is powerful antioxidant that increases collagen and elastin production. It is great way to fights with wrinkles and protects skin from free radical attacks.

Victoria

December 7th, 2012 at 12:17 pm    


I love vitamin C Dona, you just have to be careful that it doesn’t oxidize and cause more harm than good.

Kristine

December 8th, 2012 at 2:49 am    


Hello Victoria! Vitamins are definitely essential in any beauty product for the skin because of its numerous benefits :) Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Aayna

December 8th, 2012 at 7:20 am    


Hey Victoria,
Again a valuable article from your kitty!!! Vitamins are very essential for the skin and helps in providing a rejuvenating look. I suffer from acne, so I use vitamin A capsules for treating the skin. Vitamin E is very helpful to moisturize the dry skin. Thanks for sharing such a valuable piece of information.

Victoria

December 8th, 2012 at 8:56 pm    


You’re right Aayna, vitamins really do help rejuvenate the skin. I’m just curious, have you tried blue light therapy for your acne? You would want to use it on clean skin, but you might find it very helpful.

Victoria

December 8th, 2012 at 8:56 pm    


Happy Holidays to you too Kristine :)

Emilia

December 9th, 2012 at 8:58 pm    


I had no idea vitamins were this important. Thank you for letting us know about this. I’m definitely going to be more cautious with my supplements. I don’t want to have lousy skin for neglecting my nutrition.

Calra

December 10th, 2012 at 1:08 am    


This is very useful information. I usually take my vitamins for granted but after knowing this, I’m going to take my morning vitamins every day. Looking forward to healthier skin! Thanks

Stacey

December 10th, 2012 at 3:09 pm    


Wow, thanks for the info! I had some ideas on what vitamins I should target to have, all thanks to your blog. The vitamin E is my most favorite as it can help make our skin look fairer by some side effects from antioxidants. Nice blog!

Amar

February 26th, 2013 at 3:59 am    


There are some vitamins that you can take that will improve the condition of your skin. Vitamins E and C do a wonderful job of calming the tone of your skin. Taking both of these vitamins together gives your skin the ultimate calming effect. You can get these vitamins from many different types of foods, such as oranges and sweet potatoes.

Victoria

February 26th, 2013 at 11:35 am    


You’re right Amar, vitamins E and C are really fantastic vitamins for both your health and your skin.

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