By Destiny Velazquez
Fun fact: Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Yup, it’s true. So, if our body needs constant maintenance to keep it healthy, imagine the kind of maintenance our skin needs! Treating your skin right and eating healthy is the first step to maintaining healthy skin.
However, taking vitamins that are right for you is an important step as well. I’ll admit — I’m pretty new to this whole “vitamins thing”, but I realized that vitamins can really go a long way for your skin. You won’t see immediate results, but being consistent will make your skin noticeably healthier.
Keep reading to learn more about taking vitamins to promote healthy skin, and find out which ones will help you in your journey to maintenance!
Vitamin A is an antioxidant with retinol, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal. It’s also often found in acne-reducing products to treat inflammation. If you are familiar with accutane — which is a prescribed treatment for acne — it is actually a form of vitamin A. This vitamin promotes the shedding of dead skin cells and removes debris to prevent your pores from getting clogged.
Just a heads up: it’s best to use this substance directly on your skin instead of taking it in a supplement form. Our all-time favorite product to use is the Paradox Retinol Serum, which is full of vitamin A and retinol. It’ll also help reduce fine lines, and you know it’s never too late to prevent aging skin. To learn more, check out ourarticle explaining how retinol is the secret ingredient for flawless, smooth skin.
If you’re sick of dull, dry skin, you need to try vitamin B. It’s great for dry skin because it deeply hydrates and improves the ability of your skin to retain moisture. It also reduces dryness and flakiness while fighting the molecules that break down healthy cells to give your skin a more illuminating complexion.
Vitamin B is even great for skin that goes through drying effects of eczema. Stress, pollutants, aging and medications can prevent your body from absorbing all its benefits. If you want immediate results, give our article about B12 Injections a read! When it comes to your daily dose of vitamins, why not give these a shot? ;)
Vitamin C is one of the key ingredients in herbal remedies for anti-aging. It is one of the most effective ways to boost collagen production for firmer and youthful-looking skin. Just like vitamin A, it’s best to apply this directly to your skin for better absorption, and the Paradox Vitamin C Serum is the perfect way to do that!
Keep in mind: Adding tea extract can complement the benefits that vitamin C already gives to the skin. It aids in penetrating deep into the skin and provides a protective layer. To learn more, take a look at our article about vitamin C serum and why your skin desperately needs it!
A lot of people are deficient when it comes to vitamin D, and they may not even know it. A study shows that three quarters of all teenagers and adults are lacking in vitamin D, which is surprising considering its benefits! It boosts skin cell repair and metabolism while minimizing pores. This vitamin is proven to also improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness. An adequate amount of sunlight exposure can provide vitamin D, but be careful. Too much sun exposure can lead to early signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sun spots.
If you’re going to indulge in one vitamin this summer, vitamin E is a must. It treats and prevents UV damage by protecting you from free facial damage. It also aids in reducing the appearance of scars and prevents dark spots. Vitamin E can also act as an alternative to sunscreen. If you’re looking for a skincare product to take care of your vitamin E needs, check out Paradox’s most highly rated Marrakech Liquid Gold, which is a face oil packed with vitamin E and Omega 3.
Keep in mind: look out for topical products that contain both vitamin E and C. Products using both of these ingredients are great for dry skin!
If you’re like me and deal with stress acne, zinc is a life saver. When your body is stressed, substance P produces and aids the production of sebum, an oily substance that is released from pores and causes stress acne. However, zinc breaks down substance P and prevents this process from occurring in the first place. Taking vitamin A along with zinc can help with the absorption of both vitamins to deeply penetrate and protect your skin. Get your zinc on!
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