Skin Health & Important Vitamins
We all know that supplements and vitamins are good for you, but which ones actually help promote healthy skin? We’ll take a look at a few which are scientifically proven to do just that and help encourage clear skin.
Vitamin A is essential in helping repair and maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin A can be found in cereal, eggs, liver, milk, and many other natural foods. It can also be found in the form of a dietary supplement. It is important to note that the right amount of vitamin A can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; as well as combat acne and dry skin. The average adult female requires about 700 micrograms while the average adult male requires about 900 micrograms. Children require somewhere between 300 to 600 micrograms depending on their weight and age.
Recent research has shown that Vitamin B is also important for skin cells. The research, which was performed in Japan, found that hairless mice with a topical application of Vitamin B exhibited decreased sun-induced skin damage and decreased wrinkles. Vitamin B deficiencies can also lead to dry and itchy skin. This important vitamin can be found in foods such as chicken, eggs, and some fortified grain products.
We already know the benefits of vitamin C for the immune system and when we are sick, but it is also very essential for healthy skin. Vitamin C is found in a variety of foods: citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, and many more. However as with vitamin A, vitamin C can also be taken as a supplement. It can help reduce the effects of sun damage and boost collagen production, which restores some of the skin’s strength.
Vitamin E is found in many anti-aging skin care products, but is it a miracle vitamin? It helps fight the effects of sun damage like the other vitamins, but can also keep the skin smooth and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It is important to note that vitamin E can be taken as a supplement as well.
Other supplements such as antioxidants may help your skin as well. Examples of these include: rosemary, tomato paste, grape seed extract, pomegranate, soy, etc. It is important to note that a combination of many antioxidants and vitamins will be important to your skin health. Just taking one vitamin and one antioxidant will not produce significant results. It is also important to consult your dermatologist for advice concerning which vitamins may be the perfect fit for you.