Vitamins in skincare – easy as A, B, C

If you’re wondering what vitamins are good for skin when considering your diet, that isn’t the only question you should be asking. The vitamins in your skincare products are just as important.

Three vitamins are vital to skincare, especially if you live in sunny or polluted parts of the world, but the timing of their application is vital.

Vitamin A (retinol)

In skincare vitamin A is often referred to as retinol, which is the chemical compound version found in beauty products.  It increases skin cell turnover while helping to produce additional collagen, which together slows signs of ageing. These changes take place deep in the skin and can reduce fine lines.

As well as that, the increased cellular regeneration helps to de‐clog pores, treat acne and acne scarring, regulate oil production, even out skin tone and reduce brown spots, pigmentation and sun damage.

Vitamin A/retinol should be used in your evening skincare regime and because it can cause sensitivity, start with a low percentage, once or twice a week, and then slowly increasing time and intensity. It is vital to include SPF in the mornings to protect your refreshed skin.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) play an important role in cell biology and are important for healthy glowing skin that functions well as a protective layer. In skincare it is multipurpose as it can be used for various skin complaints.

It works to strengthen the skin’s barrier to relieve and improve the skin’s immunity. It also helps to reduce redness, refine open pores, regulate the skin’s oil production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve the skin’s hydration. Vitamin B is suitable for all, but is particularly good for those who suffer from rosacea, dry and sensitive skin.

Vitamin C

This one is particularly important for those who live in cities or polluted areas, as it protects the skin from absorbing toxins from various sources and counteracts the dull effect of pollution.

It is a powerful antioxidant that works to shield the skin cells from free radical damage caused by both pollution and UV rays. It also helps to brighten uneven skin tone and helps improve elasticity.

It can be used morning or evening, but at the start of the day is best so that it can best protect your skin when you’re on the go. Just like Vitamin A, it can make the skin more sensitive so, again, SPF is a necessity.

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