We’re always told to eat our veggies and take supplements to get our vitamins in, but that’s not the only way to reap their benefits. Certain vitamins can actually be applied topically, and you don’t wanna miss out on great skin, do you?
Let’s go over the A, B, C’s, (… and E’s!) of face-friendly vitamins!
Vitamin A is one of the best vitamins you can use for age-defying results. The makeup of Vitamin A helps resurface the skin and soften lines and wrinkles. But alas… as usual, it’s too good to be true.
You can’t just slather on Vitamin A and expect, “I-just-drank-from-the-fountain-of-youth-and-look-sixteen-again” results.
Vitamin A is a form of retinoid, and seeing how many forms Vitamin A can take means there are different levels of potency for this delicate vitamin. You more-than-likely will have to see a dermatologist to receive a concentrated amount of Vitamin A, and since it can come in an acid form, it can be irritating for some users and lead to sun sensitivity.
Do your research and ask a dermatologist before getting really involved with Vitamin A products!
If you have dry, sensitive skin or suffer from an inflammatory skin issue like rosacea, Vitamin B3 is perfect for you. It’s your own personal shield to protect your skin from pollutants and irritants derived from the outside world, and it locks moisture into the skin.
One skin care product that contains Vitamin B3 is Skin Inc’s B3+ Serum. It’s made to target blemishes, pigmentation, and redness.
When talking about foods to eat with Vitamin B3, you may hear it referred to as Niacin. Some foods rich in Niacin (Vitamin B3) are seaweed, peanuts, raw mushrooms, asparagus, sweet potatoes, and mangoes.
Vitamin C is hot in the K-Beauty world. It’s known to brighten skin, fight free-radicals, and even skin tone. So if you suffer from ailments like acne scars, dull skin, and aging? Then Vitamin C will be perfect for you.
Klairs’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is a Vitamin C serum known to help dull skin and large pores with its antioxidant-fighting powers.
A super common topical vitamin for the skin is Vitamin E. It’s best used to repair cuts and reduce the formation of free radicals.
But please note, Vitamin E isn’t known to reduce scar tissue; it’s much better-suited for fresher cuts and scrapes.
Vitamin E products come in a range of types from creams to ampoules to masks. Jason’s Vitamin E Skin Oil can be mixed in with creams and body lotions to give you that extra boost.
Better Skin From the Inside Out
Everything I talked above can be found in topical treatments and skincare products, but taking care of your insides can result in better skin as well.
Here are a few more vitamins you should be aware of. This way you can incorporate more supplements and healthy foods into your diet.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s are found in foods like salmon and walnuts and are great for your skin’s hydration!
Vitamins B1 and B6
Vitamins B1 and B6 help with skin-strengthening, and you can find them in foods like grains, beans, eggs, spinach, and more. These vitamins help with keeping your skin, hair, and nails healthy.
But beware! These vitamins can quickly deplete with things like stress and drinking alcohol.
Probiotics can help you get clearer skin (hallelujah!). Taking certain strains of probiotics (used usually for gut health) can tone-down things like eczema and inflammation. They can also reduce oil production, which can cause acne.
A healthy gut can lead to a healthy, well, everything else it seems!