The best vitamins for healthier, clearer skin

 
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Treating your skin right  is the first step to healthy maintenance

BY DESTINY VELAZQUEZ


 

Fun Fact: Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? Yup, it’s true. So if our body needs constant maintenance to keep it healthy, then imagine the kind of maintenance our skin needs! Treating your skin right and eating healthy is the first step to healthy maintenance. However, taking vitamins that are right for you is an important step as well. I’ll admit, I’m pretty new to this whole taking vitamins thing, but taking vitamins really can go a long way for your skin. You won’t see immediate results, but consistency will make your skin noticeably more healthy looking.

Keep reading to learn more about those healthy skin promoting vitamins and find out which one’s will help you in your journey to healthy skin.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an antioxidant with retinol, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal and is commonly prescribed for acne. Vitamin A is also often found in acne reducing products to treat inflammation. If you are familiar with accutane, a prescribed treatment for acne, it is actually a form of Vitamin A. This vitamin promotes the shedding of dead skin cells and prevents further build up and clogged pores. Just a heads up: It’s best to use directly on your skin instead of in a supplement form. Who knew all this acne fighting power could be found in such a vitamin? Sign me up.

Vitamin B

If you’re sick of dull looking dry skin you need to try Vitamin B. It’s great for dry skin because it’s deeply hydrating and actually improves the ability of your skin to retain moisture. It reduces that dryness and flakiness while also 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 the 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 your daily dose of vitamins, why not give these a shot? ;)

Vitamin C

This 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 more youthful looking skin. Just like vitamin A, it’s best to apply directly to your skin for better absorption. Here’s a little vitamin C hack: Adding tea extract can complement the benefits that Vitamin C already gives to the skin. It’s aids in penetrating deep into the skin and providing a protective layer.  

Vitamin D 

A lot of people are deficient when it comes to this vitamin and they may not even know it. A U.S. study says that three quarters of teenagers and adults lack sufficient Vitamin D, which is surprising considering its benefits! It boosts skin cell repair and metabolism which aids in minimizing pores and improving skin's elasticity. 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.

Vitamin E

If your going to indulge in one vitamin this summer, Vitamin E is a must. It treats and prevents UV damage by protecting from free radical damage. It aids in reducing the appearance of scars and preventing dark spots (which is one of the early signs of aging). Vitamin E is also good to use in place of sunscreen. Look out for topical products that contain both Vitamin E and C - products with both these vitamins are great for dry skin.

Zinc

If you’re like me and deal with stress acne, you need to try Zinc. When the body is stressed, substance P produces and aids in the production of sebum (an oily substance that is released from pores), which 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 the skin. Get your Zinc on. ;) 

 

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