Glow Up this Week with Our Recommended Vitamins for Healthy Skin!

With the current market’s inundation with skincare products – must-have serums; cleansers; face masks; facial rollers and even digital skincare systems – looking after your skin may seem more confusing than ever. This is especially after following the COVID-19 pandemic, where people were searching for ways to keep their skin healthy and glowing without as much exercise or daylight.

However, we don’t think that it should be too difficult or expensive to care for your skin. Instead, investing some time towards getting all of your necessary vitamins are proven to be beneficial – for both your skin and a healthy, functioning body. After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ!

That’s why, for you, we have researched the most effective vitamins for your skin.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is very important for your skin and is most commonly produced when sunlight is absorbed by your skin. Healthline describes this process: ‘Cholesterol converts to vitamin D, and then vitamin D is then taken up by your liver and kidneys and transported throughout the body to help create healthy cells, including the skin’.

The easiest way to obtain vitamin D is by going outside and exposing our skin to it. Although much of commentary surrounding exposure to sun is negative, it is important to note that the sun isn’t all bad. In fact, around 10 or 15 minutes of daily sun exposure is enough to help produce adequate amounts of vitamin D in your body.

Other ways you can get vitamin D include:

  • Consuming fatty fish and seafood
  • By eating more mushrooms
  • Including egg yolks in your diet
  • By eating fortified foods (e.g., breakfast cereals, yoghurt, orange juice)
  • Taking supplements

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant and has been in use for more than 50 years in dermatology. In the cosmetics industry, it can be found in anti-aging creams, eye serums, sunscreens and makeup.

As noted by Abigail James, a Facial & Wellbeing Expert in an interview with Glamour Magazine, it is a “well-loved skincare essential for boosting hydration”. “It’s a vitamin essential for preventing free radical damage that leads to pigmentation and damaged elastin. It hydrates, prevents water loss, soothes and reduces inflammation, so it is good for both sensitive and ageing skins.”

Other ways you can get vitamin E include:
By eating the likes of sunflower seeds

  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Avocados
  • Kiwifruit
  • Olive Oil
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Broccoli
  • Taking supplements

Vitamin C

As noted by Lindsay Curtis for VeryWellHealth, vitamin C – also known as ascorbic acid – is a water-soluble nutrient that plays an important role in keeping your skin healthy. It is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory nutrient, which is known for improving skin tone and texture, as well as hydrate the skin, reducing signs of ageing.

What is important to note about vitamin C is humans, unlike animals, cannot make it, so vitamin C has to be absorbed from the diet. Despite this, due to the prevalence of the vitamin in over-the-counter products, deficiency of vitamin C is rare.

The best ways you can get vitamin C include:

  • From skincare products, applying topically 1-2 times a day
  • By consuming citrus fruits, such as oranges or orange juice
  • By eating peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Potatoes
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • By taking supplements

Vitamin K

A vitamin that is probably lesser known than its counterparts in this article, vitamin K, also plays an important role in various bodily functions. It is a potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, with known effects to help with blood clotting. Indeed, vitamin K is essential in aiding the body’s process of blood clotting, which then helps to heal wounds, bruises and anything affected by surgery.

Vitamin K is also known for treating other skin conditions, such as stretch marks, spider veins, scars, dark spots, and stubborn circles around the eyes.

Vitamin K can be obtained with:

  • Spreading creams topically
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Green beans
  • By taking supplements

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