Essential Vitamins for Internal and External Health
Healthy skin starts from the inside. What we do internally to our bodies affects our skin on the outside. Your essential antioxidants and vitamins are good for your skin but it’s also important that we are consuming them daily. Here are a few vitamins that are so easily found in foods as well as a few common skincare products we have here at skinfo.
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that we often recommend for the skin because it supports collagen, brightens complexion, and protects your skin from brown spot damage. One of my favorites is SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF. Did you know you can get your Vitamin C from foods like broccoli, red bell peppers, brussels sprouts, and papaya? Consuming these foods rich in Vitamin C is said to help protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems and eye disease to name just a few benefits.
Next, is Vitamin E. If you have dry skin, you are familiar with topical Vitamin E for its hydration benefits. It’s an antioxidant that all skin types should be using to protect skin against cell mutation from the sun and pollution. Our skinfo® C Synergy Serum contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E as well as ferulic acid, creating a potent antioxidant. Some great foods that contain Vitamin E are almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, sunflower oil, and peanut butter.
Another essential vitamin is Vitamin B. Vitamin B helps our bodies stay energized. There are 8 essential B vitamins. For instance, Vitamin B3 also called ‘Niacin’ is beneficial in assisting the body regulate cholesterol within the blood stream. Vitamin B3 can be found in food such as yeast, red meat, milk, eggs, beans and green vegetables. This vitamin is also effective in the treatment of acne and is found in many products. Some products at skinfo® containing this are EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 or glo Skin Beauty Healing Gel .
Then there is Vitamin A. For those concerned with anti-aging this is what you want in your skincare. Internally, fat soluble Vitamin A helps with vision and boosting your immune function. You can find it in foods like cooked leafy greens, squash and cantaloupe melon. Topically, Vitamin A is where the term ‘retinoids’ are derived from. Topical retinoids have many benefits for skin. They help with photoaged skin, reducing fine lines & wrinkles, can help with acne and increase smoothness in skin. One of my favorite retinols is SkinMedica® Retinol Complex. Lastly, if you are looking to incorporate a multi-vitamin for your skin check out skinfo Tri-Nourish Cream which actually contains Vitamins A, C, and E!
If you ever shopped with us at skinfo®, you are familiar with Dr. Taub’s CORE 4 skincare regimen. She describes it as this:
“The CORE 4 skin care regimen includes 4 main categories of its ingredients that is needed for the health of your skin. This is similar to how our bodies need sleep, food, exercise and work/play to stay healthy. Your skin needs sunscreen to protect it from pollution and sun (sleep), antioxidants (food) to repair damage and have the nourishment to sustain growth, exfoliants to push the skin to metabolize efficiently (exercise) and growth factors to enable manufacture of new collagen and elastin and structural components of the skin (work/play). Although some products may contain more than one type of ingredient, no one product can perform all of these functions. A balanced skincare regimen is the best approach to achieve and maintain beautiful and healthy skin.” -Dr. Amy Forman Taub, MD, Medical Director, Founder
Take care of your body and skin with sleep, nutritious food, proper water intake, exercise and work/play. You will live a longer, healthier life as well as having beautiful skin.