There are always constant advancements when it comes to health, and skin care is no exception. From antioxidants to zinc, you will often read about the latest and greatest discovery in skin care. But what do these ingredients actually do, and what are the essential vitamins for optimal skin health?
Here we break down the 3 must haves:
What does Vitamin A do?
- Normalises blood flow – taking nutrients and oxygen to the cells.
- Helps to reduce the symptoms of Rosacea.
- Increases the rate of wound healing – treats acne scarring.
- Exfoliates – making skin smooth and even-toned.
- Repairs the cellular structure of the epidermis – optimising your UV protection.
- Decreases clustering of melanin granules – so reducing brown spots or pigmentation.
- Sebum production is decreased and thus treats acne brilliantly.
- Promotes a healthy cellular membrane – improving hydration.
- Helps in the eradication of precancerous skin lesions.
- Improves hydration both in and around the cell by doing all of the above, therefore decreasing wrinkles!
However, with all these amazing benefits, we need to take care when selecting a Vitamin A and in the application. If you are new to using an A you must ease into it. Start every second to third night and slowly increase to nightly.
What does Vitamin B do?
Normalises skin surface pH which helps with both dry skins and oily ones.
- Normalises skin surface pH which helps with both oily and dry skin
- A reduction in redness
- Yellowing and sallowness is reduced
- A brightening of your skin
- Decreasing hyper-pigmented spots
- Smoother skin that is more even-textured
- Refining of pore size by regulating sebum production – great for oily and acne skins
- A reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Plumper skin with improvement of moisture retention by strengthening the outermost layers of the skin
What does Vitamin C do?
- Is essential for the action of many other vitamins in the skin to occur
- Repairs the redness from too-long exposure to the sun
- Slows sunburn cell formation whilst in the sun and minimises UV damage in the skin when applied soon after exposure
- The formation of pigment is slowed down (brown spots) by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase
- Stimulates collagen and elastin production – slows wrinkles formation
- Fights free radicals (damaged cells) and is, therefore, anti-ageing
- Gives a brightening effect to the skin – removes dullness
- Decreases cellular inflammation – helps fight photo-ageing (sun damage) and so truly is anti-ageing
When these 3 essential vitamins are applied topically to your skin, you will quickly notice vast improvements in the tone, texture and overall health of your skin. With so many on the market, choosing the right one can be difficult, so here are a few of our favourites:
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