All vitamins are important. Even if you don’t need lots of a specific vitamin, you do need that very small amount, or you could end up having serious health problems. However, there are also vitamins that may boost your natural beauty. These eight vitamins, which have both internal and external applications, can boost your skincare routine significantly.
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C, also sometimes called ascorbic acid, is one of the most prominent vitamins in the beauty community. This vitamin has powerful anti-aging properties, which may include supporting collagen production, protecting the skin from damage, and lightening dark spots. You may find Vitamin C in topical applications, including in creams with ascorbic acid. Vitamin C supplements are also available, but in the modern era, most people get enough from their diet.
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps your body protect against sun damage and regulates the production of sebum, which is the oily substance that collects on your scalp and hair and is responsible for issues like acne. Plus, high levels of Vitamin E can also help regulate your Vitamin A levels, allowing you to get the benefits of two vitamins in one.
3. Vitamin D
Higher levels of Vitamin D can help you feel energized and happy, and you’re also less likely to have acne or other skin conditions, like psoriasis. Vitamin D is mostly produced in the body through sun exposure. Although many beauty products tell you to avoid sun exposure at all costs, going outside can be a great way to boost your Vitamin D levels as long as you put sunscreen on first.
4. Vitamin K
Most people know Vitamin K for its role in blood clotting, but its interaction with blood means that it also plays a significant role in skin appearance, such as stretch marks, scars, and dark spots. Those dark circles that just won’t go away may be due to a Vitamin K deficiency, so consider getting checked next time you visit a doctor. Most Americans do get enough Vitamin K in their diet, but topical creams can help reduce swelling and dark spots.
5-7. Vitamins B3, B5, and B6
It’s important to get all B vitamins in your diet, but B3, B5, and B6 are specific B vitamins that can help your skin.
- Vitamin B3, which is also called niacin, has anti-aging properties. Creams with this vitamin may reduce redness and improve skin brightness.
- Vitamin B5, which some skincare items call pantothenic acid or panthenol, is an incredibly effective skin hydrator, preventing loss of hydration through the skin.
- Vitamin B6 manages sebum production, allowing you to offset oiliness in skin and hair.
8. Folic Acid
If you’ve heard of folic acid before, it may be because expectant mothers are often told to keep folic acid levels high to maintain stable growth for their unborn child. Folic acid helps to create new cells, and even after you’re born, it may do just that. Some studies have shown that applying folic acid topically can boost collagen production, allowing you to get a youthful and bright look.
Using Science for Clear Skin
Vitamins are important both inside and outside the body. Whether you’re creating a new skincare routine or you just want to know how your favorite products work, it’s a good idea to know what these vitamins and minerals do to benefit your skin.
Do you love the idea of understanding skincare with science? If so, the Ogle School Esthetics program may be perfect for you. This program gives you access to information about the scientific principles behind your favorite skincare products, allowing you to see the science behind the skin.