Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s not replaceable, so why abuse it? The sun, smoking, poor diet, and just plain old abuse will cause premature aging.
A lot of things are considered when it comes to getting healthy skin. Diet, regular exercise, vitamins, are all contributing factors and roles in maintaining healthy, balanced skin.
In this segment our Aestheticians focus on vitamins and how they improve the health of the dermis. Vitamins can be easily available in pill form, topical form and also within the foods we eat. Change in diet can really improve the overall look of your skin. Not only using skin care products that have vitamins in them can help, but also you need to treat your skin from the inside out as well.
Health experts say that vitamins and minerals in all forms play an integral role in a healthy complexion, whether the source is food, supplements, or even a jar of cream.
Below is a list of key vitamins, and their place in skin care. The good news is that vitamins penetrate the skin when applied topically. The vitamins listed below are most commonly used in formulations and all have a good track record.
Vitamin A: Helps repair damaged skin tissue. If your skin is looking dull, dry, or flaky…chances are you are lacking a good source of vitamin a in your diet. This can be found at your local drugstore in pill form, or in foods such as leafy vegetables, and liver.
Vitamin B: Support and increase the rate of metabolism, maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, promote cell growth and division, including that of the red blood cells that help prevent anemia. All B vitamins are water-soluble, and are dispersed throughout the body. Most of the B vitamins must be replenished regularly, since any excess is excreted in the urine.
Vitamin C: This vitamin is so essential to the human body. It can help fight colds and flu’s, but also protects your skin from the sun, smoking, and pollution that we are exposed to daily. Vitamin C acts as an ant-oxidant, and can help with signs of aging. Found in citrus fruits, broccoli, and brussel sprouts.
Vitamin E: This is commonly added to skin care products such as lotions, and can really help with signs of aging. It helps your skin look younger, and can reduce the signs of wrinkles. This is mostly found in anti-aging products.
Vitamin K: Vitamin K may be applied topically, typically as a 5% cream, to diminish postoperative bruising from cosmetic surgery and injections, broken capillaries (spider veins), to treat rosacea and to aid in the fading of hyperpigmentation and dark under-eye circles.
Zinc: Studies have shown that Zinc helps to control oil production on your skin, and is also helpful with cell growth.
Biotin: This powerful vitamin helps form the basis for skin, nail, and hair cells.
Stay tuned….more information to come in the upcoming weeks.