Your skin is a reflection of your internal health–your skin shows it if you’re dehydrated, you’re tired, and in many cases your skin may exhibit symptoms of an underlying disease. Your skin is not just affected by what you put on your body, but also what you put in it. For healthy, younger looking skin there are some vitamins you can integrate more into your diet, or take as a supplement. Always consult your doctor if you plan to start taking vitamins to not interfere with prescriptions you are on.
Your body uses vitamin A to maintain and repair your skin. It helps your skin appear more even, and can decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, from foods like carrots, leafy greens and sweet potatoes. Many skincare products contain retinoids, which are synthetic versions of vitamin A, though they are derived from animal sources. Bakuchiol is a plant based derivative which has similar anti-wrinkle properties to retinol. Be wary of products that contain retinyl palmitate, however, which some scientists believe may cause skin cancer.
This vitamin lives a double-life as an antioxidant which does an excellent job at protecting your skin from free-radicals. Vitamin C works by neutralizing oxidative stress on your skin from things like UV rays, exhaust and other environmental pollutants. By neutralizing these threats, your skin acquires less damage over time–that means younger, healthier skin. Vitamin C is also a miracle for stimulating collagen production, the protein that keeps skin looking youthful.
Free radicals don’t stand a chance when Vitamin E and Vitamin C team up. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that not only supports your skin, but it also helps smooth over scars. Vitamin E also does a great job of helping skin retain moisture, which makes skin appear supple and full of life. You can get more than enough vitamin E by integrating it into your diet through whole grains, leafy greens, nuts and kiwi.