5 Vitamins Your Skin Care Routine Needs

Vitamins for skin.jpeg

You already know that health starts from the inside out.   Every part of the body functions better when it’s receiving the proper nutrients.  And, just as an unhealthy diet may reflect in your waistline, endurance, and body function, the same diet can show itself through skin that is dull, oily, or broken out.  Of course, you want to avoid these problems and take advantage of every opportunity to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.  That’s precisely why you should be incorporating the following five vitamins into your diet and topical skin care treatments.

Vitamin A for Wrinkles

If you’ve ever heard of using retinoids for their amazing anti-aging properties, you’ve already heard about the impact vitamin A can have on your skin.  This particular group of vitamin A comes from animal sources and has been shown through a multitude of studies to make a positive, visible impact on skin’s health. 

There are no shortage of topical options for vitamin A, both over-the-counter and prescription strength.  In your diet, it can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark, leafy vegetables.

Vitamin B3 for Skin Moisture

Vitamin B3 can be found listed as niacinamide on your beauty products, and it’s useful for building your skin’s protective barrier.  There are many elements which can damage and weaken the skin’s barrier over time, from pollution to sun exposure.  Including vitamin B3 gives skin the boost it needs to help retain moisture, improve elasticity, protect against irritants, and prevent discolorations, making it a great option for those with Rosacea.  

In your diet, vitamin B3 can be found in turkey, tuna, chicken breasts, mushrooms, and avocado, among others.

Vitamin E for Skin Protection

Vitamin E is a long-standing weapon in the fight against aging.  You’ll find it in countless beauty products thanks to its incredible ability as an antioxidant to fight off skin-damaging free radicals.  In addition, its anti-inflammatory properties make it a good option for some to keep the skin calm and hydrated, while others will appreciate its usefulness in repairing and diminishing the appearance of scars.

For dietary vitamin E, incorporate foods such as nuts, spinach, and olives.

Vitamin C for Anti-Aging

Sure, vitamin C can give your immune system a boost, but it can do the same for your skin as well.  Like vitamin E, C is an antioxidant, capable of protecting your body and skin against free radicals.  It can be used topically, in addition to your sunscreen to protect skin from the aging effects of the sun.  It can also help boost collagen, reduce lines and wrinkles, and even fade discolorations.

Incorporate vitamin C into your diet with citrus fruits, cauliflower, and leafy greens.

Vitamin K for Discolorations

The benefits of vitamin K for the skin come mostly from its ability to constrict capillaries which may contribute to discolorations such as bruises or dark circles under the eyes.  In addition, it may also help with the appearance of spider veins, scars, and stretch marks.  Although, there are other, more effective means by which to treat these concerns.

For cosmetic purposes, vitamin K will likely perform best when used topically.  However, inclusion in your diet is important as well.  Find it in dark, leafy greens.

Making your skin young and beautiful over the years requires some dedication, but the right products and a healthy diet can work wonders.  Focus on getting enough of the above vitamins in your diet and speak with your dermatologist about the best ways to incorporate them topically as well. 

In Baton Rouge or Lafayette, contact Dermasurgery Center, where our team of physicians, physician assistants, and skin care specialists are available to help. 

Chad Prather, M.D.