Skin is the largest organ in our body, so taking care of it should be a priority. Vitamins play a vital role for fighting negative effects on your skin; also helps maintain the skin’s look and health; and it can cure a range of skin issues such as acne, psoriasis, and the aging effects from sun exposure.
Vitamins are best obtained from nutrient-dense foods, also from vitamin supplements and vitamin-infused cosmetic products. Some of the best vitamins for skin are Vitamin E, C and A are:
Vitamin E is a group of fat-soluble vitamins that contain antioxidant effects. Vitamin E is required to strengthen your immune system and aid regeneration of cells. Its antioxidant properties help in preventing and reducing the harmful effects of free radicals (such as pollution and lifestyle choices) on your skin. Many skincare products for anti-aging contain Vitamin E.
Hydrates and Moisturizes Skin
Vitamin E promotes long-term moisture retention between skin cells, providing hydration for up to 16 hours.
Promotes Wound Healing
According to studies, Vitamin E supplements may aid wound healing. Topical vitamin E oil could provide similar effects.
As it is an antioxidant, it helps the skin recover from:
- Acne scars on the face by promoting circulation.
Helps with Hyperpigmentation
Hormones or other factors trigger excess melanin production (pigment that gives your skin its color) which results in Melasma –a skin disorder that causes hyperpigmentation. Research shows that Vitamin E helps with it. The most effective technique to cure hyperpigmentation with vitamin E is to combine it with vitamin C.
Helps Fight Aging
High antioxidants in Vitamin E helps the body's blood circulation that helps to slow down aging by delaying the onset of wrinkles and making your skin firmer.
Helps Prevent Blackheads
Its antioxidant (fat-soluble) properties help neutralize damaging free radicals and reduce sebum (oil) oxidation. Blackheads are a build-up of sebum that oxidizes when exposed to the air, causing it to turn black. Vitamin E helps reduce the oxidation of the hardened and clogged oil in the pores, which causes it to turn black.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory that make your skin look younger and more luminous. It aids destruction of free radicals, promotes tissue healing and collagen synthesis for healthy, supple skin. Also helps to improve skin tone and texture, moisturize the skin, and minimize aging indications. Some of its various benefits include:
Protects Skin From Sun Damage
Vitamin C's antioxidants protect you from the UV rays. Combinations of vitamin C and E are more effective in preventing skin from sun damage than vitamin E alone. However, this doesn’t mean you should skip sunscreen and wear a Vitamin C serum- Vitamin C cannot absorb UVA or UVB rays, so it is not a substitute for sunscreen. Layer your Vitamin C serum with a sunscreen for best results.
Helps Produce Collagen
Collagen is a protein that is found in skin, hair, muscles, and tendons and is responsible for keeping our skin young and smooth. Our body cannot produce collagen Without vitamin C. Collagen production slows as we get older which leads to drooping skin and wrinkles. Vitamin C keeps the skin lush and firm by accelerating the formation of collagen and elastin.
Helps Reduce Undereye Circles
Few days of poor sleep leads to a network of blood vessels that cause dark circles; Vitamin C serums can plump and hydrate the under-eye area, and help to smooth out these fine lines. Also it reduces overall redness.
Helps Boost Skin Cell Turnover
Vitamin C speeds up the cell turnover. This helps in replacing the damaged cells with healthy new ones. Vitamin C, in conjunction with vitamin E and other substances prevent UV irradiation-induced damage (sunburn). Also aids in overall wound healing such as inflammation, infection, and scarring.
Hyperpigmentation, while harmless, makes you look older. According to study, vitamin C's antioxidants help to fight unsightly dark spots and prevent symptoms of aging caused by sun damage. Also prevents hyperpigmentation by inhibiting the synthesis of tyrosinase, an enzyme that aids in the production of melanin.
Vitamin A is a highly essential nutrient for skin, eye, and reproductive health, as well as immunological function. the skin can become overly dry if it is deficient in retinol. Retinoids and carotenoids are the two kinds of vitamin A. Both are converted by the liver into retinol.
Retinol help to:
- Promotes the growth of new skin cells,
- Aids in conditions like acne and scarring
- Reduces wrinkles
- Stimulates collagen production
Let us dive into some of the benefits of Vitamin A:
Boosts Collagen Production
Like Vitamin E and C, Vitamin A also helps boost production of the protein collagen. But Vitamin A goes a step further, making it unique. Most vitamins work only on the top layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. Vitamin A works on both the epidermis and the dermis (the deepest layer), where it stimulates the production of collagen.
Fights UV damage
Vitamin A helps fight signs of UV damage such as hyperpigmentation and sun spots, thus giving you an even complexion with an inner glow. However, if you are using skincare with Vitamin A or Retinol, be sure to follow it up with a thick layer of sunscreen the next day.
Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Vitamin A enhances and thickens the skin, as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also has a dual effect in that it reduces the degradation of existing collagen and elastin at the same time. Thus, not only does it enhance collagen production, it also helps prevent existing collagen from breaking down.
Our skin is a delicate organ that requires constant care and protection. Getting enough rest, minimizing stress, eating a healthy diet with lots of water and protecting your skin from the sun are all healthy habits one must follow for their skin to be at its best health. While the right skincare varies depending on one’s skin type and skin concern, all skin types stand to gain from the various benefits that Vitamins A, C and E have to offer them. Incorporating these vitamins into your diet, and using skincare that lists them as a key ingredient, can help your skin look and feel its best in both the short and long term.
Last updated on January 04/2023