Everyone craves beautiful skin. It’s attractive, it can boost your confidence and indicate a healthy lifestyle. Our skin is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for regulating body temperature, translating our senses into action, and acts like a barrier that protects us from infection and external aggressors.
The skin consists of two layers, the epidermis and dermis. The epidermal layer acts as a cushion, by protecting the blood vessels and nerve endings which are located in the dermis. The dermis plays host to sweat glands which are necessary for regulating body temperature.
It is important to not only take care of our skin externally but nourish our skin from within to maintain the functions that make up its health and appearance.
So how do we achieve great-looking skin? Which vitamins are good for the skin?
Listed below are the 5 best supplements one can add to daily regimens in order to develop healthy-looking skin.
Which vitamins are good for the skin?
- Vitamin C
- Omega 6
- Vitamin E
Let’s take a further look at these 5 vitamins and see which skin benefits they provide:
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C for the skin delivers powerful antioxidant benefits. It fights free radical damage which can be caused by excessive sun exposure, pollution, smoking and junk food. Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties will keep the skin looking youthful and protect against the damaging effects of the sun. These antioxidant properties renew skin cells so they can look and feel smooth. You can read more about the amazing benefits of vitamin C here, Vitamin C skin benefits
If you experience hyperpigmentation due to sun exposure, taking supplements with vitamin C as well as using it topically has been proven to even out the skin complexion and provide a brighter, glowing look. In a study published by the US National Library of Medicine, it shows that using vitamin C along with sunscreen will prevent hyperpigmentation.
2. Omega 6
Omega 6 is an essential dietary fat that is vital for skin cell renewal and smooth appearance. Omega 6 has amazing effects on the skin as it contains anti-inflammatory properties that assist in wound healing and wrinkle prevention. Many people who suffer from topical dermatitis-like Eczema, take Omega 6 in the form of Evening Primrose or Borage Oil to heal the skin and alleviate associated symptoms.
Omega 6 contains GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid), which is responsible for hydrating the skin to soften it and prevent unnecessary dryness. It helps keep the skin strong which makes it great for conditions such as Rosacea, Psoriasis and Dry skin. This is a good natural alternative to steroid creams applied topically.
Great food sources of GLA include eggs, nuts, poultry and pumpkin seeds. Oregon State University wrote an excellent article about EFA’s and its role in healthy skin.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E (also known as Tocopherol) is a fat-soluble vitamin that packs a powerful antioxidant punch. It fights against free radical damage which helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and is also known to reduce scarring.
Vitamin E also includes benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce swelling from UV exposure along with morning puffiness. Food sources of vitamin E include wheat germ oil, red bell pepper, asparagus, avocados and pumpkin.
“Multivitamins play a key role in immune function, bone health, hormone production and assimilation. Multivitamins can help fight nutrient deficiencies that can lead to unhealthy looking skin and illnesses.”
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body and is a key component in connective tissue, bone strength and keeping the skin firm and hydrated.
As we age, our body produces less collagen which results in our skin losing elasticity and hydration, this results in developing fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
Hydrolyzed collagen is the most absorbable form and can be taken as a preventative regimen to help keep the skin tight and firm while slowing the signs of aging. Foods that boost your natural collagen production include bone broth, leafy greens, egg whites and seafood. Its production is also stimulated when eating foods or taking supplements that are rich in vitamin C.
A great and tasty source of collagen is the Hair & Skin gummy
This strawberry flavored Gummy is jam-packed with essential vitamins for the hair and skin. Biotin, Silica and antioxidants like Vitamin C and E (as mentioned above), are all beneficial factors in skin and hair health. Click the link above for a complete product description.
Taking a Multivitamin is essential to overall health, bodily functions as well as skin health. There are different types of vitamins out there but a daily multivitamin will ensure your body is getting exactly what it needs in proper amounts to supplement the daily diet. Multivitamins play a key role in immune function, bone health, hormone production and assimilation. Multivitamins can help fight nutrient deficiencies that can lead to unhealthy looking skin and illnesses.
Although our skin is an external organ, one can see how much of important role supplements play in its health and integrity. Having a daily skincare routine is just as important as ensuring your skin is getting what it needs from the inside. Radiant, healthy and youthful-looking skin is only a supplement away!
Dr. Dina Khairie is a medical specialist who has spent nearly a decade in key positions at NoorVitamins. After receiving her doctorate in pharmacy from St. John’s University in New York, she began her career working as a supervising clinical pharmacist in the community pharmacy arena.