While ensuring our internal levels of vitamins are optimal primarily through good dietary intake, topical vitamins also make a big impact on the appearance of our skin. The top 4 skin vitamins are A, C, E and D.
Vitamin E is well recognised as an antioxidant, and can help to protect the skin from toxins such as air pollution and ultraviolet radiation. Its antioxidant properties mean it enhances immune system functioning, and helps to fight free radicals. Vitamin E is commonly used as a treatment for scars, thanks to its ability to aid the skin’s natural healing process.
Another potent antioxidant vitamin C works by promoting stimulating the genes that make collagen and reducing the enzymes involved in its breakdown. In addition it help to protect the skin from ultraviolet A and B damage, lightens pigmentation and may also assist with the reduction of inflammation in skin disorders.
In skin care vitamin A comes in various forms. In most skin care retinal esters are used as the form of Vitamin A. The skin then converts the ester forms to Retinol which appears to increase the production of procollagen and gycosaminoglycan. These compounds help to promote new skin cells and retain water. With continued use this translates to a significant wrinkle reduction.
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Apart from its important role in bone health, vitamin D It also helps to regulate the immune system, and has anti-inflammatory properties so is useful for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Where can I get it?
The best way to improve your vitamin D status is through sun exposure. Twenty minutes per day, avoiding peak UV times will suffice if your vitamin D stores are good. However there are many factors that reduce vitamin D conversion and utilisation in the body. High use of sunscreens and over-washing the skin are two factors that limit stores. If you are low in vitamin D it is important to expose areas of the skin other than the face and ensure you don’t shower using soap or shower gel for at least 12 hours. How can you achieve this? Take a morning shower then get some early morning sun. Only shower once a day and you should be fine.
Vitamin D can also be taken as a supplement and is found in high amounts in oily fish, cheese and egg yolks.Twitter It!
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