We all know Vitamins are good for us, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. In our skin they repair and multiply cells, build protein and collagen, fight ageing and protect us from environmental damage. With a multitude of Vitamin Skin care products on the market, it can be confusing to determine which Vitamins are best for your skin concerns.
When choosing a product there are a number of things to consider. Firstly, you want a highly active product that has a high proportion of the essential ingredients. Secondly, a great delivery system, ensuring the Vitamin is delivered deep into the epidermis. Ask your dermal therapist for a cosmeceutical product and usually a serum will give better penetration.
Vitamin A: is for Anti-ageing and Acne
Topical Vitamin A is a proven wrinkle fighter, building and stimulating the dermis and improving collagen production. There are many forms of Vitamin A including Retinol and will definitely smooth your skin, reduce wrinkles and help those brown spots disappear.
The exfoliation properties of Vitamin A will help slow oil production, reduce pigmentation and keep pores clear. An increase in cell turnover also helps to shed pigmented, damaged, rough surface cells and block an enzyme needed for melanin (pigment) production.
As the skin begins to shed damaged cells and improve structure, you will find every product in your regime works more effectively.
You enjoy the benefits of Vitamin A when you start eating more eggs, orange-coloured fruits and green vegetables and we recommend Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus Serum every night just before you go to bed.
Carrots are rich in Vitamin A
Vitamin B Rich Foods include Eggs, Salmon & Sweet Potatoe
Vitamin B is for Boosting
When thinking about the Group B Vitamins, including Niacinamide, think skin boosting. This group of vitamins helps the epidermis retain moisture – leading to calmer, softer and smoother skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.
Additionally Vitamin B counteracts the damage caused by free-radicals, those nasty molecules that break down healthy skin cells. Enjoy hydration boosting, lightening and brightening.
Turbo charge your home care regime with Aspect Dr Multi-B Plus Serum.
Vitamin C is for a Clear Complexion
We all know Vitamin C is known to be an all-round health agent, bringing benefits and boosting your immune system for your whole body. Applied topically, you can look forward to lighter, brighter, clearer skin with an overall better looking tone.
This powerful vitamin is used to combat inflammation and pigmentation. Your skin will feel smooth and hydrated by a collagen production lift and a reduction in hydration loss.
It’s important to look for a pH neutral serum, particularly for sensitive, red or reactive skin types.
Vitamin C is another soldier in the fight against free radicals being a fabulous antioxidant.
Citrus, Broccoli and Kale are great sources of Vitamin C
Yes, Sunlight is good for us.
Vitamin D is for Daylight
Any credible dermal therapist will say our Australian sun is the number one factor in skin ageing and will recommend staying out of the sun as much as possible. However, a daily dose of sunlight is the only way our skin can absorb Vitamin D and this vitamin is incredibly important for our overall health, including our skin.
When we are exposed to the sun (UVB) our body turns sunlight into Vitamin D and then into a hormone called Calcitrol. Calcitrol is vital for cell replacement and cellular metabolism and keeping our keratinocytes (90% of the epidermis is made up on these cells) healthy.
Happy Keratinocytes keep the epidermis functioning at it’s peak – as a barrier from environmental damage, bacteria, water loss, UV damage and lot’s of other nasties plus reduce inflammation. Conditions like Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis can also benefit.
Of course, over exposure can lead to premature ageing, pigmentation, brown spots and skin cancers. So limit your exposure to 20-30 minutes a day. (avoiding the middle of the day) To minimise damage, try to expose larger areas (arms, legs, back and stomach) and protect the face, décolletage and hands.
Vitamin E is for Emollient
This vitamin is the most popular inclusion in many skincare products. Vitamin E is recognised as a wonderful moisturiser due to the amazing protective properties of this little molecule.
When the skin is exposed to environmental factors like UV light, smoking, pollution, stress and other toxins it will produce nasty free radicals which damage our cells and ultimately causes wrinkles. Vitamin E’s job is to protect us from free radical attack by supporting our lipids (fancy word for fats and waxes) Lipids holds our skin cells together and are also found in the cell membrane and sebum.
If you are looking for softer, hydrated and supple skin, this Vitamin is essential.
During the day your Vitamin E levels quickly deplete as we go about our daily activities. Load up on fortified cereals, nuts, sunflower seeds and peanut butter which all have high levels of Vitamin E.
By protecting our cell membrane and keeping our cells healthy and hydrated, Vitamin E has the added benefit of keeping the skin moisturised and supple. As an antioxidant, it will help to reduce inflammation, protect us from UV damage and many studies show significant impact on dermatitis and many other skin conditions.
We love almonds and avocados for Vitamin E
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