4 Important Vitamins for Healthy Skin

Proper skin care takes much more than just swathing your face with expensive cosmetics. Beauty comes from within. You have to provide you skin with the nutrition it needs to fend off environmental hazards like dust, pollution and sunlight. Your skin quality also reflects your overall health. Any accumulation of toxins, hormonal upset and improper body function will be exhibited as skin blemishes. The following are the top five vitamins that can help you buildup immunity, detoxify your system and achieve skin perfection.

Vitamin C

Environmental hazards are unavoidable and they cause serious skin damage. Increased exposure to pollen, dust and polluted air directly causes premature aging. UV rays break down your collagen and worsen the appearance of age spots. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that keeps your skin cells safe from these harmful stress factors. Adequate intake of vitamin C can effectively deter the aging process, prevent skin discoloration and brighten your skin tone. Having 3 to 5 servings of fresh fruits like oranges, strawberries and grapes everyday is the best way to keep you well-stocked with vitamin C.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the most powerful bioactive antioxidant among all vitamins. Vitamin E can immediately catch and remove any free radicals that come near your cells. It is a fat-soluble vitamin, and so it gives you much longer-lasting protection than vitamin C.Supplying your skin with enough vitamin E can drastically reduce the appearance of skin blemishes like acne and age spots. Common dietary sources for this vitamin are asparagus, avocados, nuts and seeds, eggs and dairy products.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 helps your skin by reducing the amount of homocysteines in your blood. Homocysteines affect both your circulation system and endocrine system. Elevated levels of this compound cause cholesterol to form plaque, which impairs your blood flow. High homocysteines levels also trigger stress response, which can cause acne breakouts and hives. Increasing your vitamin B6 encourages better oxygenation of your skin cells and reduces its exposure to stress damage. Vitamin B6 is rich in foods like meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Folate

Folate has the same stress reducing function as vitamin B6 and can also promote better oxygenation for your cells. Folate heightens your red blood cell production. Higher concentration of red blood cells means more oxygen can be delivered to your skin and other tissue. Abundance of oxygen encourages faster skin regeneration. Eating a variety of dark leafy vegetables, beans and legumes, citrus fruits and fortified cereals is the easiest way to get the folate you need for a look of rejuvenation.

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid is extremely important in prevention of acne, dermatitis and skin allergies. This vitamin helps your body break down fat and prevents surplus oil secretion from your sebaceous glands. Increased intake of pantothenic acid can reduce your pore size and improve your skin tone, making it a common ingredient in many skin care products. The best dietary sources for pantothenic acid include fish, red meat, wheat bran and yeast. You can also get an extra boost of pantothenic acid by taking a royal jelly supplement.

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Beauty Vitamins

Folic Acid

Folic acid is one of the key vitamins that helps to keep your hair shiny and thick.

• It prevents greys from appearing so that you look younger and so that you can refrain from dying your gorgeous locks for a little longer (unless you feel like it that is).

• Finally, folic acid lends a lot of moisture to your hair so that it’s less likely to break. After all, who wants dry and damaged looking hair?

Vitamin B Complex

There are many different types of vitamin B, including B6, B1, B12 and Biotin. Taking vitamin B complex is like taking every one of them as well as folic acid all at once.

• It helps to prevent wrinkles and more importantly skin cancer by fighting free radicals.

• It also promotes cell reproduction so that your skin looks and feels healthier.

• Should you ever suffer from the effects of getting a nail fungus, vitamin B complex helps to speed up the healing process.

• Not only does it make your locks appear to be shinier but it slows down the greying so that you look younger while saving money.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is infamous for being good for your skin. But did you know that it’s also good for your hair and nails?

• Helps to repair severely dry skin so that you always feel smooth.

• Helps to soothe sun damaged skin and prevents skin cancer.

• Contains antioxidants that help it fight free radicals so that you see fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

• Promotes the growth of soft hair while reducing frizz, breakage, split ends and hair loss.

• It helps you grow stronger, longer nails.

Vitamin C

Often times vitamin C brings on thoughts of drinking orange juice in order to fight a cold. However, this super vitamin can do a whole lot more than that.

• Great for repairing sun damaged skin.

• Improves the tone and texture of your skin by making it firmer so that you have fewer wrinkles.

• Packed with collagen building antioxidants which improves your skin, hair and nails.

• Fights free radicals that cause premature aging and hair loss.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is often times forgotten, but is just as important as the other vitamins on this list.

• It helps to reduce dark under eye circles which is great if you’re up with the baby all night or if you’re a party animal.

• It helps to reduce the appearance of bruises on the skin so that you can keep going to those kickboxing classes that you love.

• Fight free radicals for more youthful looking skin.

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