Eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep and wearing proper sun protection can go a long way when it comes to maintaining your skin as healthy as it can be. However, sometimes it is hard to balance everything at once and here’s where the essentials vitamins for healthy skin come into play. Even if you are able to follow a routine that’s skin-friendly regarding your diet, sleep cycle and skincare products, getting additional help from vitamins can do you no harm. That being said. Let’s see what those essential vitamins are.
This powerful antioxidant is present in great amount in the epidermis (outer layer of skin) but also in the dermis (inner layer of skin). It plays an important role in collagen production which help keeps your skin healthy. No wonder it is precisely vitamin C that is one of the key ingredients put in many antiaging products.
In order to make sure that you get enough vitamin C on a daily basis, you can make sure that you eat food that’s rich in it, such as citrus fruits. You can also take it in the form of a supplement, just make sure that you buy your supplements from a reliable brand. You should consult your doctor if you’re not sure, but generally, it is always better to get something that’s made of more natural ingredients.
By getting enough vitamin C you can help repair and prevent dry skin and another way to do that apart from eating plant-based sources of the vitamin and taking supplements is to apply vitamin C serum directly onto the skin. This can help with redness, wrinkles and age spots.
This vitamin is also an antioxidant. Its main function is sun damage protection. This important helper has the ability to absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when it is applied to the skin which can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles.
What’s interesting is that vitamin E is already produced by the body for the skin’s needs in the form of sebum – an oily substance that comes off the pores. When there’s proper balance, sebum acts as a skin conditioner that prevents dryness. If your skin is prone to dryness, you should increase your intake of this vitamin.
You can do this through your diet by eating more nuts and seeds, but it is also a smart move to take a multivitamin or separate vitamin E supplement. Just like with vitamin C, you can turn to topical products that contain vitamin E.
This one helps the body’s process of blood clotting, which enables the healing of wounds and bruises. It is also great for certain skin conditions that affect the appearance of the skin like stretch marks, spider veins, scars, dark spots and those stubborn circles under your eyes. It can be found in various different topical creams or you can increase your intake by eating more leafy greens such as kale, spinach, lettuce, cabbage and green beans. Unlike many other vitamins, this vitamin K is not typically used as a dietary supplement, so it is best to source it through the food you eat.
Needless to say, vitamin D is absorbed by your skin through sun exposure. However, we all know that the sun is also what causes skin damage the most, so we are supposed to get exposed to it only when it’s mild and always use sunscreen. That is why it is suggested that you turn to creams such as Calcitriol, which is a man-made version of a kind of vitamin D. This is a topical cream that has proven to be very effective in treating psoriasis. You can also increase the levels of this vitamin by eating fortified foods, such as cereals, orange juice and yogurt, or foods that are naturally high in vitamin D, like salmon, tuna, and cod.