When it comes to taking care of your body, it’s important to pay attention to the outside as much as the inside. We’re talking about your skin. Skin health is absolutely vital, but not too many of us know how to take proper care of it. Sure, we use wrinkle cream, moisturizer, and even acne products, but how do we actually improve our skin’s overall health?
There are many ways to do that, and one of them is to consume the right types of vitamins. Here is a list of the best vitamins for your skin.
Most of us associate vitamin C with oranges, and rightfully so. But what many of us don’t know is that vitamin C works wonders for the skin. Actually, it is found highly concentrated on the outer layer of the skin. What makes vitamin C a force to be reckoned with is its cancer-fighting properties. It’s considered an antioxidant and even promotes the production of collagen, the protein that heals and repairs damaged skin cells. This means that vitamin C is responsible for reversing the signs of aging and keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy. No wonder a majority of skin care products contain vitamin C!
Also known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is what is absorbed by our skin from the sun’s rays. The kidneys and liver take in a healthy dose of vitamin D and use it to create healthy skin cells, specifically melanocytes -- the cells responsible for pigmentation. With a fair amount of vitamin D, your skin will look more even-toned and smooth. Vitamin D is even known to be an effective treatment for psoriasis, as it reduces inflammation and possibly slows cell turnover speed (how fast cells die).
We’re sure you know all about vitamin E oil in the world of cosmetic dermatology in regards to both skin and hair care. That’s because vitamin E plays a very important role in how your skin reacts to sun exposure. While the sun gives you vitamin D, too much sun exposure can be harmful, thanks to the radiation emitted from its rays. Luckily, vitamin E serves as a natural sunblock. As it rests on the outer layer of your skin, it absorbs the radiation from the sun, acting as a filter to keep it from penetrating your skin.
Vitamin E has also been used by people with excessively dry skin. Vitamin E promotes the production of sebum, your body’s natural oil, and can help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
You can think of vitamin K as the EMT of vitamins. When vitamin K jumps on the scene, it immediately goes to work healing wounds and bruises and also treating wrinkles, dark spots, and even stretch marks and leg veins.
Vitamin K helps your body with proper blood flow, which aids the body in rapid healing. It’s often been used to prevent swelling and bruising after surgery.
Clearly, vitamins are vital to your skin’s health. To learn which vitamins you should incorporate into your routine, our experts at The Dermatology Group in Cincinnati, Ohio, can help you determine what is right for you. Give us a call today!