Nutrition

The Best Vitamins For Skin

The skin is your body’s protection to the outside world. It’s the body’s largest organ and just like any other in our body, it requires suitable nourishment to look and be healthy.

We usually turn to topical lotions and potions to care and problem-solve our skin. But often nutritional deficiencies and environmental exposure can be the root of skin trouble. So we need to shift our focus from what we put ONto our bodies to what we put INto our bodies. Vitamins and minerals play an integral role in a healthy, vibrant complexion, so we should be making sure that we get all the right ones.

Here are our best vitamins for skin.

Best Vitamins for Skin 

Dry, flaky or oily skin, acne outbreaks and wrinkles are often the result of lack of nutrients. The best vitamins for skin include antioxidants, like vitamins A, C, and E, that counter the damage caused by toxins, chemicals, and the sun. Nourishing vitamins, like B vitamins and Zinc help to improve skin elasticity and structure of the skin.

Vitamin C works well against the effects of sun exposure. Rich natural sources include citrus fruits, kiwi, black currants, red peppers, broccoli and spinach. Vitamin C offers particularly effective skin protection from overexposure when combined with vitamin E.

Vitamin E helps reduce skin damage caused by the sun, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles, making your skin smoother. Food sources include sunflower seeds, almonds, peaches, tomatoes, cabbage and avocados.  Research indicates that when combined with vitamin A, vitamin E is effective at preventing certain skin cancers.

Vitamin A is believed to help slow the ageing process and widely used in the treatment of acne – is involved in skin repair and maintenance, so deficiency results in a dry, flaky complexion. Foods loaded with vitamin A include liver, fish oils, milk, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and dried apricots.

Vitamin B Complex forms the basis of skin cells, providing nourishment and improving skin elasticity. Deficiency can cause conditions such as dermatitis. B3 (Niacin) promotes plump healthy looking skin by helping it to retain moisture. Natural sources of vitamin B include meat, poultry, liver, rice, yeast, avocado, milk, eggs and yoghurt.

Zinc helps to clear skin by limiting oil production, which is why it is widely used in the treatment of acne, it may also help control some of the acne-creating hormones (acne itself can be a symptom of zinc deficiency). Food sources include oysters, meat, poultry, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, pecans and oats.

Collagen is a protein that is naturally found in our skin that is responsible for moisture, elasticity, and resilience. Our levels decline as we age, which alters the condition and appearnace of our skin. Supplementing can help to boost levels in order to keep skin looking and feeling healthy.

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Supplement Your Lifestyle

It goes without saying that a healthy diet loaded with foods rich in vitamins and minerals is good for the skin. Vitamins nd mineral supplements are a convenient and easy way to enhance our diet to maintain that radiant healthy glow.

When combined with a good diet, the right dietary supplements can help keep your skin looking not only healthy but also years younger.

 



Roxanne Griggs

Roxanne Griggs

Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr)

Qualified, Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr). Nutrigenetic enthusiast, foodie... who loves experimenting in the kitchen!


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