Do you eat plenty of leafy greens and fresh fruit? Then the chances are that your skin is already healthy and well-nourished, reaping the benefits from plenty of vitamins. But it’s always helpful to know exactly which vitamin provides what benefits so you can align your skincare goals more precisely.
After all, good skincare starts from within and it requires plenty of nutrients to keep skin looking youthful and vibrant. Plus, if you develop a vitamin deficiency it often affects the skin which is, of course, not a good look.
Not sure what your vitamin C offers compared to vitamin E? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are the best vitamins for healthy skin, so you know exactly what to look out for.
Vitamin A has become a new buzz word in skincare in recent years and there’s a good reason why.
Found in foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and mangoes, vitamin A also functions as an antioxidant. Eating these foods that are high in vitamin A helps protect your sight and protects you from lung cancer.
You may have also heard of a form of vitamin A called retinoid, which is found in beef, eggs, and dairy.
While it’s good to consume the above foods as part of a balanced diet to up your vitamin A intake, you can also choose creams containing derivatives of vitamin A to smooth skin and treat wrinkles. Retinoids do this by amping the production of collagen and assisting with new blood vessel production which provides that desired healthy glow of the skin.
For some people, vitamin A creams cause skin irritation, so many must be gained by prescription. However, there are gentler formulas nowadays that are available over the counter.
Not only is vitamin C beneficial to the skin, but it’s crucial for overall health and wellbeing too. Luckily, vitamin C is found in tons of fruit and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, brussels sprouts, and many other leafy greens.
Vitamin C produces collagen which is a form of connective tissue that keeps skin tight, firm, and taut. With a vitamin C deficiency, you may expect the skin to sag, bruise, and age quicker.
Vitamin C is also an oxidant, defending the skin from damage due to sun, pollution, and the wear and tear of daily life. It also helps reverse the signs of photoaging such as hyperpigmentation.
As well as consuming fruit and vegetables, there are also plenty of skincare products containing vitamin C to be applied topically to the skin. We love GlyMed Plus’s Master Aesthetics Elite Vitamin C Serum which contains a high concentration of vitamin C and ceramide 3 to combat the unwanted effects of aging. It also works as a fantastic treatment for skin traumas, photoaging, and damage from sunburn.
Another popular antioxidant, vitamin E is known for improving skin. Vitamin E’s main benefit is that it protects the skin from free radical damage and helps combat acne.
Find vitamin E packed into many foods that are rich in healthy oils including nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and, of course, plenty of fruit and vegetables.
The added benefit of consuming plenty of vitamin E is that it also helps keep your vitamin A levels up – it’s a win-win situation. And like many of the other vitamins on this list, vitamin E also helps speed up healing, for example, of a cut on the skin.
As well as gaining the benefits of vitamin E from snacking on the right foods, you can also find skincare products that are dedicated to containing vitamin E. Another fantastic GlyMed Plus product is the brand’s Cell Science Vitamin E-Sensual Cell Cream. This is a potent formula of vitamin E and cell-protective botanicals that care for the skin against damage resulting from UV radiation and environmental harm. Not only that, but the super-hydrating cream is proven to improve moisture in the skin by 25%.
One of the lesser-known vitamins on this list is vitamin K. However, getting enough vitamin K is crucial as it’s essential for healing wounds and bruises of the skin. Without enough levels of vitamin K, blood can’t coagulate and heal the skin.
To keep your body working in tip-top condition with plenty of vitamin K, opt for foods like cabbage, liver, kale, and milk.
Known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, obtaining enough vitamin D can be tricky as usually, we receive it from being outside in the sun. This is because amazingly our skin can synthesize vitamin D straight from the sun. However, that means that those that live in Northern climates who can’t spend too much time in the sun aren’t usually getting enough vitamin D.
Without enough vitamin D, skin can suffer from acne and breakouts, as vitamin D plays a huge role in fighting infections of the skin.
Luckily, there are ways around it if you live in an area that doesn’t see much sunlight, especially during the winter months. Vitamin D supplements can be found in most health stores, and you can also keep an eye out for fortified food products. For example, most milk and breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin D, meaning you can up your vitamin D levels every morning as you tuck into breakfast.
Natural food sources of vitamin D include mushrooms, fish and eggs.
Learn more ways to consume vitamin D during the winter here.