Do you want to get your ‘glowification’ on and ward off premature ageing?
Then the concept of consuming nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods that will keep your body healthy from the inside out cannot be ignored.
But even the healthiest diet can’t provide the body with everything it needs.
Changes that happen to your skin occur at a cellular level, which is why the best vitamins will ensure optimum nutrition, topping your body up with exactly what it requires.
Vitamins are the building blocks of healthy skin; they are the co-factors required for every cellular process in the body; For instance, a deficiency in certain B vitamins can result in dry, flaky skin, eczema, sensitivity and even cracked lips.
We are going to look at the best vitamins for skin and how they can help, to keep your skin conditions at bay:
The best vitamins for skin health
When it comes to skincare, this is one of the most well-researched vitamins. It is important for cellular renewal as it regulates healthy cells’ growth and division, supporting skin repair and rejuvenation.
- Dry skin: If you find your skin is dry, sallow and flaky, it can help to boost the natural exfoliation process of your skin, revealing a youthful, glowing complexion.
- Oily skin: This vitamin is known as the balancing vitamin and is perfect for oily, combination and ageing skin types. It helps to regulate oil production, controlling acne and breakouts.
- Fissures on the feet: A lack of vitamin A can cause a build-up of thickened, rough skin on the bottom of the feet.
- Keratosis Pilaris: If you suffer from tiny bumps and rough patches on the body, especially the arms and back, chances are you lack in this all-important vitamin.
- Premature ageing: Aids in decreasing fine lines and wrinkles and reduces hyper-pigmentation. It also improves the density of collagen deposition in our skin, slowing down signs of ageing.
Please note: There are several forms of Vitamin A found in skin cream, including Retin A, Retinoin, Retinol, Renova, retinaldehyde and retinoids. They can be heavy-duty and are not suitable for sensitive skin. If you would like to try Vitamin A, be sure to build up slowly using a low strength first to see how your skin reacts. Remember, that its effectiveness declines in sunlight, therefore it is best to be used at night.
There are eight different classes of B vitamins, all of which come from different sources, and each one plays an important role. Taking them together in a supplement means you would get the whole synergistic effect.
- Vitamin B1 – Thiamine: Known as the anti-stress vitamin, due to its role it plays on the nervous system. Interestingly if you have sensitive skin or dry, cracked lips, you may be depleted in thiamin.
- Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin: This little vitamin plays a vital role in maintaining your skin health, helping to control the delicate microflora of your skin and keeping the barrier intact. It is also partly responsible for cellular turnover, so if you suffer from dry, flaky skin and cracks at the sides of your mouth, then this should be your go-to supplement of choice.
- Vitamin B3 – Niacin: This is the must-have vitamin for healthy glowing skin, that addresses several skin conditions including rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, sun-damage and dry skin. It also helps to ward off premature ageing by boosting the fibroblasts that create collagen and elastin.
- Vitamin B5 – Pantothenic Acid: This important vitamin has many valuable roles on the skin. Vitamin B5 heals and protects whilst reducing inflammation and redness and strengthens the skins barrier function. It also has valuable humectant properties, attracting and retaining water to the skin’s tissues. Vitamin B5 can be found in Fortify, a barrier repair cream that works to rebuild a thin, fragile skin.
- Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine: This little vitamin is perfect for those with oily skin conditions. It regulates some of the hormone irregularities that can cause acne breakouts, especially during menstruation, and reduce the inflammation that co-exists with acne flare-ups, leaving you with calm, clear skin.
- Vitamin B7 – Biotin: A biotin deficiency will almost certainly manifest itself in your complexion, leading to inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, rashes and acne. So if you’re a sensitive skin sufferer, try supplementing with B7 to help reduce inflammation.
- Vitamin B9 – Folate/Folic Acid: B9 is very protective; it has antioxidant properties that promote cellular turnover and fight free radical damage. Interestingly, when applied topically along with creatine, it fights signs of sun damage and ageing.
- Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin: Another anti-ageing vitamin, B12 is necessary for cellular reproduction, helping to keep your skin youthful and healthy, as well as keeping inflammation at bay.
Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient for humans. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C or ascorbic acid, and its role in collagen synthesis make it a vital molecule for skin health.
- Protective: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant; it promotes the oxidant scavenging activity of skin protection against environmental oxidative stress, helping to prevent and treat UV photodamage.
- Anti-ageing: It is required to build collagen – your skins internal scaffolding that prevents sagging skin, lines and wrinkles. C+ vitamin C complex is the perfect antidote to these skin concerns, which can be applied topically.
- Rebuilds fragile skin: If your skin is undermined vitamin C will help support the epithelial barrier function against pathogens, it also strengthens and thickens an impaired skin.
If you could hire an army to defend your skin against daily assaults like pollution and stress that lead to premature ageing, we are sure you would. Fortunately, Vitamin E, which fronts up as your skin’s own battalion, might be the next best thing. Found concentrated in sebum, the lipid-based “glue” that holds cells together that is generated by your oil glands – here’s what happens when you feed your body Vitamin E:
- Prevents signs of ageing: Neutralises free radicals – the process of protecting your skin from UV damage, which depletes the stores of vitamins found in your skin. Research has found that even a small amount of UV exposure will cause Vitamin E levels in the skin to drop by around 50 per cent. That means this clever vitamin has done its job, but it must be kept topped up.
- Complements SPF: Aside from scavenging free radicals, Vitamin E also absorbs UVB light known as the “burning ray”. Vitamin E combined with Vitamin C is very protective, increasing the amount of time it takes SPF-free skin to burn.
- Keeps the skin hydrated and calm: Vitamin E is found in the skin and protects cell membranes, which forms a barrier around cells to keep them healthy and hydrated. This is why it can be found in Bio Lipid Complex, the skin-identical serum that helps repair an impaired barrier.
Dealing with dark under-eye circles? Research has found that Vitamin K is effective in decreasing dark circles, as it has the capability to reduce the presence of tiny blood vessels around the eye area. It also combats wrinkles and dark circles. A research study piloted in 2004 established that use of an under-eye gel containing 2% Vitamin K, along with 0.1% of each retinol and vitamins C and E, considerably lessened wrinkles and dark circles.
Did you know that diet has a lot to do with the dark circles under the eyes? It can also be a big indication that your liver is overloaded. Should this be the case you may want to consider giving yourself a complete detox, the following article does a great job of detailing a sensible approach to a liver to cleanse.