Essential vitamins for the skin and their uses

Vitamins are an essential building block in not only our health, but our skin and hair. Charged with creating soft and supple skin, to fighting against sun damage, our skin has a lot on its plate. Often the food we eat can can aid our skin and hair to repair and renew itself, even before we apply our makeup or start our routine.

That being said, how many of us actually know which vitamin comes from where? Or its uses for our overall well-being and/or our the skin?  Or even what food to eat to pile on vitamins for both? While we could take a multivitamin to aid in this endeavor, knowing which foods have these essential vitamins could be heaps better. In addition, any skin care product we find to encourage skin strength and renewal could be limitless.

I have listed a few sources below as a reference guide to a few essentials vitamins (think 5 a day), its use within our skin and hair, as well as any skin care and hair care that we can use to aid with a more direct approach.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance and repair of skin, and can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It can smooth and even out skin tone as well as reduce the size and secretion of the sebaceous gland (used to treat acne). Beauty products use Vitamin A (listed as Retinoids) mostly in anti-wrinkle night creams as it can be broken down by sunlight.

Try: Vichy Advanced Filler Night Cream Deep Wrinkle Filler

Found in: butter, eggs, milk, fortified cereals as well as colourful vegetables such a carrots.

Vitamin B(7)

Vitamin B, often listed as Biotin (a type of vitamin b, aka vitamin H haar und haut) is actually part of the building blocks in hair, skin and nails cells, and necessary for celluar growth. Is known to preserve the skin from a harmful environment, and can even prevent the the skin from over drying. Biotin (as a supplement) is taken for hair thinning, and brittle nails.

Try: Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Blow Dry Spray or take orally

It Really Works multivitamin

Found in: peanuts, swiss chard, other green leafy vegetables, and liver.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (often known as Ascorbic Acid) assists in reducing the effects of the sun to the skin, shielding the skin from free radicals, and aids in tissue repair. Also reduces the appearance of brown spots and other forms of sun damage. Helps boost healthy collagen production.. In addition, also reduces inflammation and irritation of the skin caused by breakout, and fades red marks by improving the skin’s natural healing response. And finally increases the effectiveness of your sunscreens  while boosting your skin’s defense against UV exposure. Also known to brighten the skin.

Try: The Body Shop  Vitamin C Skin Reviver

Found in: bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E (often listed as D-alpha tocopherol or Tocopheryl Acetate ), an antioxidant, aids in fighting against sun damage, neutralizing the oxidant effect of free radicals to the skin and helps keep the skin looking smooth preventing fine lines wrinkles, damage to collagen, and preventing skin dryness. Vitamin E is also thought to encourage cellular renewal, preventing scars.

Try: Mario Badescu Vitamin E Night Cream, Jo Malone Vitamin E Eye Cream, or The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil

Found in: silken tofu, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, prawns, avocados, broccoli, pumpkin and squash.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K (technically known as Phytonadione) though not very useful within (in comparison to the above), it is ideal for use as a topical agent (on the skin) to assist in reducing dark circles, and bruises. It is also said to assist in reducing spider veins and aid in the skins natural healing process.

Try: Ole Henriksen Nuture Me Cream, or Ageless Derma Retinol & Vitamin K Eye Cream for Dark Circle, Puffy Eyes and Wrinkles around Eyes

Found in: basil, kale, spring onions brussel sprouts, asparagus, fennel and leeks.