Skin Loving Vitamins
Our skin is our largest and most truthful organ of the body. It keeps no secret when it comes to our inner health. Our skin is a mirror to the internal, offering insights to hydration levels, stress levels, sleep quality, digestion, diet, and cellular ageing rate. When we take care of our skin the way it deserves, it rewards us with a healthier, clearer complexion with a radiant glow.
Failing to nourish the skin leaves us more likely to experience a dull and lacklustre complexion, with pronounced fine lines, wrinkles, and congestion. Other contributors to tired looking skin include not getting enough nutrients from the diet, hormonal imbalance, suffering from poor digestion and mental and long-term stress.
It is essential to nourish the skin with healthy nutrients and beauty-boosting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and probiotics. These nutrients are all necessary for skin cell repair and rejuvenation.
Remember, building beautiful skin begins deep below the dermis (the second layer of skin). Below we highlight the necessary vitamins and their effects on skin health are discussed. If now you are feeling curious about which vitamins are best for your skin? Read on to discover vitamins, minerals and nutrients for a glowing complexion.
Why Are Antioxidants Important?
Essentially, antioxidants scavenge for free radicals formed by UV radiation, environmental toxins and the body's internal metabolic processes.
Free radicals cause inflammation, accelerates cellular ageing, damage DNA and promote the breakdown of collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkles. A daily dose of antioxidants can mop up free radicals and prevent oxidative damage.
Brightly-coloured, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables are a great source of antioxidants such as avocados, green or black tea, onion, garlic, nuts, grains, seeds and legumes.
A potent antioxidant that fights free radicals, promote new skin cells' growth and strengthens the skin. It also helps regulate sebum production used in the treatment of skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Vitamin A can be found in cod liver oil, liver, egg yolks, organic grass-fed butter and our Vitamin ACE anti-ageing blend. For plant-based sources, vegetables contain provitamin A (beta-carotene) converted into vitamin A in the body.
Niacin (Vitamin B3)
Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, helps to keep the skin soft, healthy and glowing. It's essential for cell metabolism, the synthesis of cholesterol help to relieve arthritic pain. The deficiencies in vitamin B3 manifest on the skin surface as rashes or dermatitis. Good sources of vitamin B3 include beef, pork, chicken, turkey, liver, yeast, tuna, salmon, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, green peas, avocado and sunflower seeds.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5 or "anti-stress vitamin", supports cell growth and wound healing in the skin. It also helps to regulate the production of cortisol (stress hormone). Pantothenic acid or Vitamin B5 is present in egg yolks, whole grains, broccoli, mushrooms, avocado, sweet potato, liver, kidney, fish and chicken.
Biotin (Vitamin B7)
Biotin, a water-soluble B vitamin also known as vitamin B7, helps to protect the skin cells from water loss and regulates fatty acid metabolism. The deficiency of vitamin B7 results in the scaly scalp, dandruff, hair loss, brittle nails, fatigue, dry skin or inflammation. Vitamin B7 is obtained by eating egg yolks, beef, liver, salmon, avocado, almonds, walnuts, legumes, whole grains and nutritional yeast. Beautifully Nourished Biotin contains 10,000μg per tablet.
Besides its immune-boosting benefits, vitamin C is significant for collagen synthesis, wound healing and healthy skin. It also helps to protect the skin from free radical damage and sun damage and ensures radiant skin. Vitamin C can be obtained from kiwifruit, citrus, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, capsicum, coriander and parsley.
Another free-radical fighter, vitamin E, is secreted via sebum (the oily substance produced by the body's sebaceous glands), which protects the skin's surface and prevents inflammation. Vitamin E is found in foods like leafy green, Brussels sprouts, avocado, almonds, hazelnuts and olive oil.
Conclusively like all other bodily organs, our skin also needs adequate nutrients to remain healthy and have a radiant glow. Follow a healthy diet to acquire all the necessary nutrients, and in case of any deficiency, take a good vitamin supplement such as our VITAMIN ACE ANTI AGEING COMPLEX.