Vitamins are vital to healthy skin and are contained within our bodies. They are depleted with age and other environmental stressors, so it makes sense that our skin care would contain these important ingredients and help to replenish them.
Below are the most important vitamins when it comes to skin:
- Vitamin A are fat-soluble retinoids and include retinol, retinal, and retinyl esters. It stimulates the production of new cells and the production of collagen. It it beneficial for acne, fine lines and age.
- Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. It also improves the absorption of iron from plant-based foods which allows the immune system to work properly.
- Vitamin C is brightens the skin, evens out skin tone, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- This naturally occurring vitamin is water and oil soluble. It exists in eight chemical forms that have varying levels of biological activity. Tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol are most commonly found in skin-care products.
- Vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory that assists in cellular restoration from sun damage, scars and burns. It also provides hydration.
- It is not advised for super sensitive or acne-prone skin.
- Vitamin D protects the skin as it functions as a steroid, working within the cell’s nucleus to stimulate proliferation and regulate function. It is triggered by UV light into synthesis. It normalizes cellular turnove, decreases inflammation and is an antioxidant that can help block free radicals.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) *Niacinamide*
- This powerhouse vitamin is important for he development and function of the cells in our bodies. It is great for hydration and brightening and helps reduce acne and the appearance of fine lines.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) *Panthenol*
This vitamin serves as a powerful humectant and an emollient. It binds and holds water to the skin leaving it soft and supple. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help heal wounds and restore the function of the skin barrier.