The importance of vitamins in a healthy diet cannot be stressed enough. All our lives, we’ve been taught about vitamins and how they benefit our bodies. In fact, when we hear the word ‘vitamins’, most of us instantly think of the food we eat, especially fruits and vegetables. Having a balanced and nutritious diet rich in vitamins definitely plays a vital role in keeping our skin healthy and glowing from the inside. However, did you know that these vitamins can offer a ton of benefits when applied topically as well? We’re not the ones saying this- it’s science!
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and can absorb what we slather on it. This means that our body is not only capable of taking in vitamins when consumed, but can also absorb them through the skin. Think of it as a salad- but for your skin! This may come as a surprise but studies have shown that some vitamins are more effective for the skin when applied rather than consumed. With that established, let’s explore the best vitamins for skin health and which ones you should be using for your skin type. All the products mentioned below can be found on Maccaron.
Going in alphabetical order, let’s first talk about Vitamin A. Referred to with different names such as retinol, retinoid, and retinoic acid in the skincare world, Vitamin A is akin to gold for those with aging skin. A powerful antioxidant, this vitamin is among the most potent and effective ways to fight signs of aging and maintain youthful, supple skin. Apart from wrinkles, Vitamin A is also highly effective for fighting acne and improving the skin’s overall texture. If mature skin and aging is your primary concern, Vitamin A is the best bet for your skin.
To get you started, we recommend the Farm Skin Superfood Carrot Pore-Purifying Sheet Mask. Carrot is a known superfood which is rich in Vitamin A, which not only helps smoothen out wrinkles and fine lines but also maintain clear skin and clean pores.
Though you may not be aware of Vitamin B3, it is likely that you have already heard of its commonly used name in skincare- niacin, or its derivative niacinamide. Niacinamide has numerous skin-protecting and moisturizing benefits, which makes it one of the most popular skincare ingredients currently. It helps fade hyperpigmentation, reduces large pores and acne, and even provides anti-aging benefits by increasing ceramides.
Most importantly, Vitamin B helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier, which automatically helps with all kinds of skin concerns regardless of your skin type. The Secret Key Multi Cell Night Repair Ampoule 50ml is a dense and nourishing formulation with niacinamide that smoothens fine lines, fades spots, and helps improve the skin’s resilience.
Another popular member of the Vitamin B complex, B5 is commonly known as panthenol and is used extensively in skin and hair care as well. This is specifically because Vitamin B5 is extremely soothing and moisturizing, which helps soften the skin and heal any irritation. Its calming benefits are ideal for those with dry, itchy, or irritated skin. Panthenol helps increase ceramide levels in the skin and gives it a supple and smooth appearance.
The COSRX Propolis Light Ampule 30ml contains panthenol apart from 83% black bee propolis extract. This light, non-greasy formula will deeply nourish your skin, leaving it healthy and smooth.
Undoubtedly the most popular vitamin used in skincare, Vitamin C has really taken the world by storm. At the beginning of the article, we mentioned how some vitamins are more effective for the skin when applied topically This applies perfectly to Vitamin C. You’re likely to get a lot more skin benefits by using a good Vitamin C serum than by popping pills. So what exactly is the hype all about?
Vitamin C is most famous for its amazing skin brightening properties. Acne marks, spots, and pigmentation are some of the most annoying concerns people face around the world, with rarely anything working effectively at getting rid of them. This is where Vitamin C comes in. It does a remarkable job of fading away blemishes, scars, and evening out your complexion. Plus, it fights acne, boosts signs of collagen production, reverses the signs of aging, and protects against UV rays. All in all, Vitamin C truly is a star when it comes to skincare. Generally, serums contain a potency of between 5% and 20% Vitamin C. Anything more than that could be a little irritating, so we recommend starting out with a lower percentage to let your skin get used to it.
The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop 35ml is one of the most popular Vitamin C serums in the market. With a potency of 5%, this is perfect for beginners who want to start incorporating Vitamin C into their routine. With regular use, you’re sure to see a marked improvement in your skin.
When we’re talking about vitamins for skincare, we absolutely cannot exclude Vitamin E. Also known as tocopherol, Vitamin E helps soothe and heal the skin by reducing the appearance of scars and other marks. It also wonderfully moisturizes skin that is dry and prone to cracking. Little wonder that it is used so frequently in skincare products such as lotions, butter, and balms.
Pro Tip: Vitamin E gets along really well with Vitamin C, so we highly recommend incorporating them both in your skincare routine. You can read up about more skincare combinations here.
The It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector Serum 30ml is rich in Vitamin E which helps boost your skin’s elasticity while keeping it smooth and protected.
Now that you know the array of benefits vitamins have to offer, make sure to include them in your skincare routine just as much as you do in your diet. A balanced meal is not the only thing that needs variety, so does your skin! Pamper yourself with an extra dose of vitamins and watch your skin glow. You can find all the vitamin-enriched products that you’ll need on Maccaron.
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