Skin is the largest organ in your body and the one that’s most visible externally. Taking care of your skin is an essential part of a healthy regimen, and one of the most important components that manage your skin health are vitamins.
Taking enough vitamins can ensure your skin remains healthy and lead to a reduction in:
- Age spots and dark spots
- Excessive dryness and rough patches on the skin
- Redness, acne and inflammation
- Wrinkles and fine lines
However, vitamins don’t work in miraculous ways, but rather keep the skin healthy by ensuring that your body remains healthy overall.
These are the most essential vitamins for your skin
There are many different types of vitamins that have several health benefits, but here we talk about the ones that are meant for your skin health.
- Vitamin A - You can get vitamin A in foods like leafy green vegetables, eggs, sweet potatoes and carrots. You can also get it from orange or yellow fruits and cod liver oil, among other things. In skincare, it is manufactured in the form of retinoids, which is great at reprogramming your skin cells. Usually, in the form of serums, you are supposed to apply them directly to your skin to improve the rate of cell turnover. They are great at improving skin texture, evening out the skin tone, exfoliating and rejuvenating dull skin, improving signs of ageing and reducing acne.
- Vitamin C - Free radicals on your skin cause a lot of damage and vitamin C is a great antioxidant that fights off this damage. They also improve the skin’s barrier against sun damage and target premature signs of ageing like fine lines and pigmentation. Found in citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and spinach, vitamin C can promote the body’s natural collagen synthesis. In skincare, it comes in creams and serums and is a part of the Carmesi Acne Spot Corrector to help lighten acne marks.
- B Vitamins - The two best B vitamins for the skin are vitamin B3 and vitamin B5. Also known as niacinamide, vitamin B3 has excellent anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help soothe skin, fix discoloration and lighten age spots and acne marks. Eating meat, seafood, seeds, nuts and eggs can give a great source of B vitamins, which can even help with minimizing the appearance of pores. It unclogs the pores and improves the skin texture. With vitamin B5, your skin is able to retain moisture and prevent dryness. Plus, UV rays cause your skin to redden and vitamin B5 counteracts the redness and acne and, helps produce antioxidants that repair free radical damage. The entire Carmesi Complete Skincare Range contains vitamin B3, which helps reduce acne and improve the skin.
- Vitamin E - Vitamin E is another great antioxidant that protects the skin against sun damage. Normally, vitamin E is found naturally in the sebum produced by the skin and acts as a protection against dryness. You can find vitamin E in nuts and seeds like sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and almonds. In skincare, vitamin E is best found in moisturizing and soothing creams.
- Vitamin D - The sun is not all damaging because sunlight is a great source of vitamin D. As sunlight hits your skin, cholesterol gets converted into vitamin D, helping the skin to improve its metabolism and repair itself. You can get vitamin D from milk, salmon, tuna, cereal and yoghurt. This vitamin also helps with chronic skin inflammation, some acne types and even with psoriasis and eczema. Usually, 10 minutes of daily sun exposure in the early morning is enough to produce vitamin D in the body, and it can also be found in supplements.
Vitamin K - There are multiple benefits of vitamin K in skincare and is found in the body to induce quick blood clotting. But it has other skin benefits like fading of scars, stretch marks, dark spots and even dark circles underneath the eyes. In food, vitamin K can be found in green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, cabbage and cauliflower. It can also be found in fish, eggs and sprouts. Many topical skin creams contain vitamin K, which are mainly prescriptions creams to heal surgical wounds and swelling.
Supplements, diet or skincare?
Since there are so many sources of vitamins, it can get overwhelming to decide upon which mode to prefer. But, it is important to remember that vitamins work by making the entire body’s functions healthy and so if you want healthy skin, you need to balance it out.A vitamin-rich diet and the correct supplements will improve your overall health, but since vitamins for your skin perform best when applied close to the skin topically, skincare items can accelerate and enhance the output of vitamins for your skin.