Though Vitamins are essential in our diet, they are equally important for our skin too. This article will give you an idea of top vitamins for your skin and why they are important. I have also shared some of my favourite skincare products that are rich in these vitamins.
Retinoids are a derivative of vitamin A and can help reversing signs of ageing like erasing wrinkles and treating acne. Fruits and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, and peaches, and other dark fruits and veggies like beets and spinach are really good source of Vit A. For external applications, Retinol serums and creams are easily available. My favourites include:
- Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Range (eye serum, face serum and night cream).
- Skin Laundry Night Renew Treatment (a potent night treatment combines Retinol with soothing botanicals to gently yet effectively help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles).
- Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment
- La Roche Posay Redermic R range.
B Vitamins are called skin boosters. You can also get plenty of this vitamin from whole grains, avocado, and chicken. Out of all Vitamin Bs (B1, B2, B3, B5, B12), B3 and B5 are very important.
Vitamin B3 is also known as niacin, and it can be found in many foods, both animal, and plant. You’ll often found a derivative of this vitamin called niacinamide in many beauty products and the vitamin B3 can significantly reduce the appearance of aged skin. It helps in reducing redness and acne on skin.
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Some of my favourite products in this category are:
- Dr. Sheth’s Basic Brightening Youth Glotion ( 5% niacinamide – highest dose in Indian mkt along with hibiscus extracts, citrus unshui extracts and orange oil )
- Dr. Sheth’s Multitasking Miracle Cream (a multi-tasking cream with niacinamide along with Lipopeptides that does it all – great for busy people. This cream is great to combat inflammation, acne, dryness or signs of aging )
- Deciem’s The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ( purifies dull and congested skin).
Coming to Vitamin B5, it prevents skin water loss and improves skin barrier functioning. Skincare formulations containing this vitamin provide some of the best skin hydration out there. Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Intensive hydration Serum contains pineapple ceramide and pro-vitamin B5 (brings dull and dry skin back to life).
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 (with multi-weight Hyaluronic acid) is a deeply hydrating, crystal-clear serum that sinks in quickly to flood the skin with moisture.
Vitamin B also serves as an effective skin lightening agent. With regular usage you can see your hyperpigmentation decreasing.
Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid is also a well-known antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radical damage. You’ll get plenty of vitamin C if you eat citrus fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, and many other greens. The reason why vitamin C is important for your skin is that it helps create collagen, a type of connective tissue that keeps our skin firm. It helps to heal damaged skin and, in some cases, reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Adequate vitamin C intake can also help repair and prevent dry skin. My favourite Vitamin C formulations are:
- Skinceuticals CE Ferulic (powerful antioxidant that delivers 8x environmental protection, helps prevent free radical damage and improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. Great for normal, dry and sensitive skin types ).
- Skinceuticals Phloretin CF ( helps prevent free radical damage, diminishes the appearance of discolouration and improves skin tone and texture. Great for Oily, combination and normal skin types ).
- Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum (evens out and brightens skin, reduces pore-size, improves appearance of hyperpigmentation and tackles signs of ageing).
- The Hero Project’s Vit C-30 Ultra Brightening Serum that has 30% Ethylated Ascorbic Acid (helps in restoring clarity, providing evenness and ultra brightness and acting as powerful antioxidant).
- Medik8 Glow Oil (silky, dry-touch facial oil infused with high-performance vitamin C that rapidly restores radiance while maintaining hydration within the skin ).
Vitamin D often known as ‘sunshine Vitamin’ is scarce in Northern countries. Our skin can synthesize vitamin D from sunlight. You can take vitamin D supplements to ensure you are taking enough Vit D. Natural sources of vitamin D are mushrooms, fish, and eggs. Zelens Power D Treatment Drops is a high potency, anti-ageing formula rich in Provitamin D and bio-mimetic lipids similar to those found naturally in the skin.
Like Vitamin C, Vit. E is an antioxidant too. Its main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage. Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied to the skin. This can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. Vitamin E is an excellent moisturiser that can prevent the signs of premature ageing. Nuts and Seeds like Almonds, Sunflower seeds are rich source of Vitamin E. Dr Sheth’s Antioxidant repair Cream (4% Vitamin E – highest dose in Indian market) provides ample hydration to repair the skin making it plump and supple.
Leafy greens are the best natural source of vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting. When it comes to skin, a topical application of vitamin K cream can help minimize spider veins, bruising, scars and stretch marks. Vitamin K works on the capillaries in the skin under the eye area and helps to reduce dark circles and puffiness while Increased collagen production from your other vitamins will help to reinforce and thicken the thin skin around the eyes. Peter Thomas Roth’s Power K Eye Rescue eye treatment for dark circles & fine lines is a fab choice for tackling puffiness, wrinkles & discoloration.
- Multi Vitamin Infusion Oil from Murad Skincare has 6 key vitamins , A through F, that synergistically target signs of ageing, boost hydration, brighten skin and defend from free radicals for a more youthful looking complexion.
- Rosehip+ Cold pressed Organic Rosehip Oil has Vitamin A, C & E along with 80% Essential Fatty Acids, Omega 3, 6 and 9, Antioxidants Lycopene and Beta-Carotene. The oil reduces the appearance of stretchmarks and scars, maintains skin’s hydration and improves appearance of dry and sensitive skin, minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promotes skin’s elasticity and texture.
- Dr. Sheth’s Multitasking Miracle Cream is a multi-tasking cream with niacinamide along with Lipopeptides that does it all – great for busy people.
- It can be applied for inflammation, acne, dryness or aging. It also helps to remove daily tans and damage while repairing and hydrating the skin.
- 001 Alpha-Glow Flash Facial combines 9 star actives including Vitamin A, C & E for natural ageing concerns like loss of moisture, collagen depletion, melanin irregularities and inflamation.
Tip: Using topical products that contain both vitamin E and vitamin C can be more effective in photo-protection ( biochemical process that helps organisms cope with molecular damage caused by sunlight) than those that contain only one of the two.
Hope this post serves as a guide to vitamins for your skin and you like my skincare recommendations.
Until next time
*Some of the products featured in this post were very kindly sent to me for testing purposes/part of PR. Opinions are my own.