There are a lot of different vitamins and even supplements to choose from, so it can be a bit intimidating. But, there is no need to worry, once you understand the basics, finding the best vitamins for your skin will be easy and it won`t take much time or effort.
So, why are we even talking about vitamins on a skincare blog? Well, supplying your body (and your skin) with all the right nutrients and vitamins will ensure overall good health and healthy skin. Lack of these essential substances can cause problems and hinder our health and the look of our skin.
Not only that, when we don`t look good, we usually don`t feel good, so lack of proper skin care can have a negative effect on our mental health as well!
What Vitamins We Need?
Vitamins E and C
We can safely say that vitamins C and E are vital for the well-being of our skin. As you already know, the sun can damage our skin severely. If you really want to strengthen your skin, make it more resilient and resistant to the harmful UV rays, you need to stack up on these two vitamins.
Now, even though I try to stay away from supplements as much as possible, in some cases it is necessary to take them (if your diet is poor, for instance). If you do decide to go with some supplementation, I would advise you to speak with your doctor. They will usually recommend around 400mg of vitamin E each day – this will help reduce sun damage to the skin, may help with wrinkles and boost skin texture.
As for vitamin C, your body needs around 500-1000mg per day, but you can easily get all the vitamin C you need from fruits and veggies. Some great sources of this vitamin are peppers, dark green leafy veggies, kiwi, broccoli, berries, oranges etc.
Vitamin A is especially important for people with dry, flaky skin, and this skin condition usually indicates lack of this vitamin. One of the main reasons for this are Vit A skin repair and maintenance properties.
There are a lot of topical creams on the market, packed with this vitamin, advertised to reduce wrinkles, help with acne, acne scars and even help fight psoriasis.
Foods most rich in vitamin A are dark leafy greens, carrots, sweat potatoes and tuna fish. (source : www.healthaliciousness.com)
Instead using the term vitamin B, it would be best to use vitamin B complex, as there are several B vitamins that are good for our skin. But the best one among them is biotin. This is a nutrient which forms the basis of our nails, hair and skin cells. If you lack this vitamin you might experience hair loss, itchiness, flaky skin etc.
You can buy topical creams rich with vitamin B or you can take supplementation. But the best thing for you would be to go right to the source and eat foods rich in B vitamins; those are: eggs, bananas, rice and oatmeal. Getting your hand on any of these foods is easy and cheap and there is no reason why you shouldn`t eat them on a daily basis.
You see, controlling your daily vitamin intake is not terribly hard or complicated. And you should know that we eat most of these vitamins over the course of the day (if the diet is right). The only time you should really consider taking supplementation is if your day is so busy that it is affecting your diet.
And, of course, if you decide to look into supplementation, talk to your doctor first!