The ABCs of vitamins for your skin
If your diet is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, chances are you’re getting rewarded with a complexion that beams with health. But from time to time, your skin needs a little extra boost of goodness from the outside in. That’s where vitamin-infused skin care products come in.
So, which vitamins should you be putting on your skin? Read on to find out…
TO TARGET: FINE LINES & WRINKLES
USE: VITAMIN A
Heard of retinol? Well, the anti-ageing wonder is actually derived from vitamin A, and often found in potent night creams, serums or concentrates. It’s been proven to smooth out lines, wrinkles and rough skin as well as fade brown spots, so pop it on before you go to bed and let it work its magic overnight.
TO TARGET: REDNESS & DEHYDRATION
USE: VITAMIN B
Often referred to as ‘niacinamide’ on skin care packaging, vitamin B (and particularly, vitamin B3) gives skin a dose of hydration while reducing redness. But the benefits don’t stop there – it also helps to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, so it can help keep sensitive skin types free from irritation.
TO TARGET: PIGMENTATION
USE: VITAMIN C
Just as eating vitamin C can help to boost your immunity, this super-powered vitamin can prevent and fight the signs of ageing, including wrinkles and sagging skin. It can also fade pigmentation for a more even skin tone. Apply it under your sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful free radicals during the day.
TO TARGET: DEHYDRATION
USE: VITAMIN E
Known for its protective and replenishing properties, vitamin E is a dehydrated skin saviour. Wind, cold and dry air, and air conditioning can drawing out vital moisture from skin, so slather your face, body, lips and hands with vitamin E-rich products for softer, more comfortable skin.
TO TARGET: DARK CIRCLES
USE: VITAMIN K
There are four reasons you could have dark under-eye circles: the loss of fatty tissue under your eyes, weak or deoxygenated blood vessels, your age, or lack of sleep. Vitamin K has the ability to improve blood circulation under your eyes, making them appear more awake. Dab your under-eye area with a vitamin K-rich eye cream every night and jump into bed early for brighter, fresh-looking eyes come morning.
What vitamins do you use on your skin? Will you be adding any of these vitamins to your beauty routine?
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