You can slather on expensive moisturizers and eye creams, but the best and easiest thing you can do is to heal skin from within. Boost your body’s ability to regenerate healthy skin cells with these essential vitamins. You can get them from many fruits and vegetables, or through a multi-vitamin.
You can also find some of these vitamins in skincare products. That’s great news—but remember, vitamins work differently when they’re ingested or topically applied. So even if your moisturizer says it’s got Vitamin E, don’t take it out of your daily diet. You still need your daily dose to get that gorgeous glow.
1. Vitamin A
Studies have shown that Vitamin A helps prevent certain types of skin cancers. It’s a powerful anti-oxidant that flushes out the free radicals that cause the dreaded disease (not to mention wrinkles!) It strengthens the skin’s protective tissue and can help prevent acne and blemishes because it lowers sebum production. (Recommended dosage to fight acne is 10,000 IU.)
2. Vitamin B
Topically applied, Vitamin B helps your skin stay hydrated because it helps lock in moisture. That means your skin stays moist, preventing wrinkles and flaking. It also helps reveal that natural glow, by exfoliating dead skin cells and revealing younger and clearer skin.
When ingested, Vitamin B works with vitamin A to promote healthy skin, hair and nails. Take a multi-vitamin with vitamin B complex. It relieves stress and anxiety, and can thus prevents acne which can be an offshoot of stress. Thiamine (B1) acts as antioxidant that gets rid of body toxins. It also plays a role in circulation, which affects your skin’s glow. On the average, 100mg of vitamin B complex is needed to fight acne.
3. Vitamin C
This vitamin is probably the antioxidant with the most science behind it. It’s a wonder vitamin, especially for the skin, in such a way that it covers almost everything that a skin needs to maintain its youthful glow. It fights skin aging by acting against free radicals caused by pollution, harmful rays from the sun, alcohol, smoke, and other harmful substances. Vitamin C is also essential in skin healing and skin repair.
Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that suppresses skin pigmentation and decomposes melanin, which is responsible for producing dark spots on skin. Vitamin C also improves skin firmness by triggering collagen production needed to enhance skin elasticity. On top of that, it enhances sunscreen protection to prevent skin damage brought about by sun’s harmful rays. It also lessens the severity of sunburns. 1000-1500mg of Vitamin C daily is recommended.
4. Vitamin D
Vitamin is easily absorbed by the skin so external application greatly contributes to skin’s health. But just a precaution, vitamin D should be taken in moderation because large dosage can result in toxicity. When out in the sun or when sunbathing, never ever miss putting on sunscreen. 500-1000 IU a day is recommended.
5. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of the most effective anti-aging vitamins as it reverses skin wrinkling caused by sun exposure, improves skin elasticity and moisture, and prevents many common skin diseases. It’s a very potent antioxidant that fights free radicals that cause skin damage. It also limits the production of cells that cause cancer. Taking 400 mg of Vitamin E a day improves skin texture.
Take these vitamins, and our 10 simple tips for healthier skin, to prevent wrinkles and unlock your youthful glow.
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