The other day I was waiting in line at CVS when I heard the cashier compliment the girl in front of me on her skin. She let out a coy laugh and when asked for secret C responded I just drink a lot of water.
So for all the regular folks that “just” water isn’t enough for, I’ve done some research on the best vitamins for healthy skin. Obviously, I’m not a dermatologist and everyone’s skin is different, but feel free to use this as a guide to find what may work best for you.
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The Vitamin ABCs of Healthy Skin
Vitamin A (retinol)
This vitamin evens skin tone and gives you a glow, clears up acne, and encourages healthy skin cell production. Hallelujah. You can get vitamin A from your diet or in a topical cream, but both provide your body with the nutrients it needs to help keep your skin healthy, firm and radiant. Though I take a gummy vitamin that includes A, sometimes my skin thinks I’m still going through puberty. So my go to topical cream is Differin. Here are a few options for you:
There are quite a few vitamin Bs out there, but the types most important for healthy skin are B3 or niacinamide and B5 or panthenol.
You can usually find a form of vitamin B3 as niacinamide in many beauty products. Niacinamide significantly reduces the appearance of aged skin, brightens skin and minimizes breakouts.
Panthenol is super helpful for those who need help hydrating their skin. B5 prevents skin water loss and improves skin barrier functioning. You can also get plenty of this vitamin from whole grains, avocado, and chicken.
I’ve been using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 30ml for a while now and really have seen a difference in my skin.
Vitamin C is vital for your overall health and also the health of your skin. If you’re battling hyperpigmentation vitamin C is going to be your warrior to fade those dark spots. If you want to increase your intake of this vitamin in your diet, you can eat citrus fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, and tomatoes.
I would be careful with products that say they are pure vitamin C. I bought something random off Amazon once and my skin paid the price. I’m a big fan of Petunia’s Vitamin C Serum and KLAIRS Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop.
Yes, the good old sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that is produced in your skin when it comes into contact with sunlight. However, don’t think if you just spend a few moments in the sun, you’re good to go. Few foods contain vitamin D naturally. However, milk is fortified with it, and there are some fatty fish that contain it, as well as liver and beef. Vitamin D promotes regeneration of younger, fresher skin cells, protects the skin from the environment, and stimulates collagen production. When I went to my doctor for my physical, I actually found out that I had a vitamin D deficiency. So for this one I usually stick to a vitamin supplement, but I’ve heard great things about the Murad oil as far as topical products:
If you’re someone who suffers from dry skin, look to vitamin E. Using a vitamin E oil can provide moisturizing and nourishing effects and anti-aging benefits. You’ll find this vitamin in many foods rich in good oils such as nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Also, Trader Joe’s has a really great vitamin E oil that I am running low on (adds to shopping list).
The Body Shop also has some awesome sales happening right now (40% Off Hundreds of Items + Free Shipping at $25! Valid 5/2-5/3) so you maybe able to score some of their awesome vitamin E products on the low.
Do you have any products that you swear by that has improved the health of your skin? Drop me a link!