The 5 Best Vitamins for Healthy Skin
As the saying goes, skin is a reflection of your inner health. Good skin starts with a proper, nutritious diet. It is suggested that you eat vitamin-rich foods to improve skin quality. Depending on your specific skin care needs, you may also want to look for products that contain these vitamins or even consider supplements. Below are the top vitamins for skin health.
Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or taking any supplements.
Vitamin A. More than 700 scientific studies have been published to document the power of vitamin A. If you suffer from skin problems like psoriasis or eczema, you’ve probably been prescribed a cream containing retinoids, a derivative of this vitamin. It also reduces facial acne and rebuilds lacerated skin. Foods that contain vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, winter squashes, lettuce, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, fish, liver, and tropical fruits.
Vitamin B3. It has been said about vitamin B3 that it is “just shy of functioning as a wonder nutrient” because it increases production of the body’s valuable ceramides and fatty acids. These two fundamental molecules strengthen your skin’s outer barrier. This vitamin keeps the skin from drying out and maintains your complexion. Because it is so effective at improving pigment and keeping moisture in, cosmetics manufacturers use vitamin B3 in serums, lotions, and moisturizers. Foods that naturally contain high levels of B3 include yellow-fin tuna, chicken breast, mushrooms, broccoli, bulgar wheat, wheat bran, salmon, and organ meats.
Vitamin C. Vitamins C is an antioxidant, and targets free radicals within the body that cause damage to cells. Free radicals cause the skin to age quicker than usual and can be created by things like the sun and smoking, which is why extended exposure to both permanently alters the skin. Vitamin C takes things a step further and also produces collagen, which is a powerful protein that revitalizes the skin. To get more vitamin C, eat a lot of citrus, kiwi, bell peppers, guava, strawberries, brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe.
Vitamin E. Vitamin E is another major antioxidant that is fundamental to keeping youthful looking skin. Creams and lotions filled with vitamin E are commonly used to reduce or eliminate stretch marks, face lines, and more. As a bonus, this vitamin helps improve hair health, too. Foods with vitamin E include almonds, raw seeds, swiss chard, spinach, turnip greens, kale, plant oils, hazelnuts, and more.
Vitamin K. Do you have dark circles under your eyes? Do you bruise easily? Vitamin K helps improve your circulatory system by improving your blood’s ability to clot and heal lesions. This vitamin brings color back into your skin and reduces skin irritation. Despite these wondrous effects, its efficacy is limited compared to the other four. Vitamin K-rich foods include kale, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, beet greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions, lettuce, and other vegetables.
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