Taking care of your skin is just as important as taking care of any other body part: after all, it is your largest organ. When you talk to any professional, the first two things they will tell you is that your water intake must be a certain amount and you must eat well if you want healthy skin. Eating well for your skin means taking in the required vitamins and nutrients.
And just like vitamins are the basis of your food, they also happen to be the basis of a great skincare routine. Focussing on these will allow you to have naturally glowing skin, reduced dark spots, and tackle problems like dry skin and rough patches.
There are many vitamins ranging from A-F and you can incorporate them in your nighttime or daycare routine or even indulge in vitamin-infused sprays for a pick-me-up during the day. Since we are in lockdown, this seems like a great opportunity to give your skin the much-needed love and care.
Vitamin A is otherwise called Retinol and is one of the most powerful and effective skincare ingredients you can add to your regime. It accelerates skin cell renewal and stimulates collagen production. It is known to not only prevent but also reverse the signs of premature ageing like fine lines and pigmentation. Dermatologists also recommend it to fight acne, scarring, and skin congestion. So, smoother, brighter skin- yess!
However, on a cautionary note, Vitamin A can be a harsh on the skin so choosing one that works for you is key.
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Vitamin B is an antioxidant that helps in treating the signs of ageing and alleviate sensitive skin. The most common ones found today are- vitamin B3 (niacinamide), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and vitamin B12 (cobalamin).
Vitamin B3 reduces inflammation, fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and improves the function of the skin’s barrier. Vitamin B5 is great for keeping skin supple and moisturized. Vitamin B12 helps in increasing cellular regeneration and encourages wound healing. When it’s taken in a capsule form, it also helps in red blood cell production, regulates pigmentation in the skin, and maintains healthy hair and nails.
Now doesn’t that sound miraculous!?
Vitamin C is also rich in antioxidants and has plenty of skin-healing properties. It triggers the skin to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin. So just like antioxidant-rich food, this helps to keep daily aggressors like UV damage and air pollutants at bay. It contains a property that inhibits your skin’s melanin production, which is what causes skin discolouration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation. So with continued use of Vitamin C, you can actually prevent dark spots from forming in the first place.
The body naturally absorbs Vitamin D from the sun. Exposure to it for 15-20 mins a few times a week stimulates the skin to produce Vitamin D3. However, now vitamin D3 has also been used in skincare formulations considering the harmful effects of sitting out in the sun like premature ageing and skin cancer.
It has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, proliferative, and skin-repairing properties. So people with acne, eczema, and other redness related concerns should really give this a go. It even neutralizes the effects of pollution on the skin and has the power to regenerate skin cells and repair damage and evening out the texture. So sensitive and irritated skin can really benefit from this.
Vitamin E, like the others, can be extremely beneficial for a range of skin disorders, as well as skin repair. It assists in cellular restoration from sun damage to healing support for scars or burns. It also fights free radicals on the skin, which are a result of daily environmental stressors like unprotected sun exposure and air pollution. People with super sensitive, extremely oily, or acne-prone skin should avoid it because although rare, Vitamin E can act as an allergen causing irritation, itching, or rashes to some.
The last vitamin we’re going to talk about, Vitamin F is also a necessary ingredient for all skin types. It helps retain the skin’s moisture. Enriched omega-6 essential fatty acid, Vitamin F becomes ceramide when used on the skin, a hydrating ingredient that also protects the skin’s barrier. It has proved to be exceptionally beneficial for those with inflammatory skin issues, such as dermatitis and psoriasis.
So choose your Vitamins and get, set, glow!
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