Regardless of how effective skin care products promise to be effective for good skin is, above all, dependent on the diet. Eating right comes before cleansing, toning and moisturizing the skin. Skin vitamins are vital to the health of the skin. Vitamins help balance the moisture in the skin and the production of oil and can, therefore, prevent acne, for instance. Skin vitamins also help prevent inflammation of the skin which is caused due to free radicals. Vitamins are antioxidants that can fight the inflammation off, eradicate free radicals and improve the health of the skin.
Some of the best vitamins for the skin include:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Healthy cell membranes have a better ability to retain water inside the cell. Better water retention inside the cell helps keep the skin supple, smooth and hydrated. Omega-3 fatty acids help keep the cell membranes healthy. They replenish lost water and energize the skin. Foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are wild Alaskan salmon, walnuts, flax seed, and olive oil. Grape seed oil, turmeric, and ginger are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids too. Should a normal diet lack good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, one can make up for it with supplements like omega-3 fish oil which can benefit not just the skin, but one’s overall health.
- Vitamins B1 and B6
Thiamine, otherwise known as Vitamin B, is found in meat, grains, nuts, and beans. Pyridoxine, otherwise known as Vitamin B6, is found in fish, eggs, vegetables like carrots and leafy greens, and in legumes. Together they make a larger group called B-complex vitamins. These aids the body in the breakdown and burning of fats and proteins and are necessary for healthy skin and hair. Too much of exercise, too much of alcohol and stress can use up B-complex vitamins rapidly leaving the skin unhealthy. Vitamin B6 also helps in reducing excess production of sebum which leaves the skin oily.
- Vitamins A, C, and E
Antioxidants help maintain a healthy, supple, smooth skin by eradicating the damage caused by free radicals. Skin vitamins act as the best antioxidants. Vitamin A is vital because it manages cell growth and the division of cells. Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen which is the agent that protects the skin from free radicals. Vitamin E has the important task of safeguarding the cell membranes and maintaining vitamin A levels in the body.
Certain strains of probiotics have shown to work on inflammation and skin disorders like eczema and some help in reducing sebum production thereby working against oily skins and breakouts.
- Polypodium Leucotomos
This is a fern from Latin America and is considered to be one of the best for skin health. It is has powerful anti aging properties. Studies have proven that fibroblasts in the skin could be preserved with this fern. It aids in the production of collagen thereby helping keep the skin smooth and supple.
Ensuring that the diet is rich in vitamins and nutrients, reiteration is the best way to keep the skin healthy and youthful.