The A,B,Cs (and Es and Ks) of Vitamins for Skincare
Rejuvalife operates on the principle that radiant inner health is essential for outer beauty. Lifestyle, diet, nutrition, fitness, mental health, and stress management are crucial elements contributing to overall external looks. Even if someone has perfect bone structure and attractive facial features, if they have low energy, poor diet, are stressed out and sleep deprived, then these factors will show on their face, and their overall beauty with be diminished. Patients ask all the time what vitamins, nutrients, and minerals are best for their bodies. More recently, I have been getting a lot of questions about what can be taken to improve skin and therefore overall beauty. The answer is that many of the same vitamins and minerals that are good for our bodies are also good for our skin, when used as a supplement and when applied topically. I wanted to give an overview of how vitamins you take for your body can also improve your skin and overall beauty.
Vitamin C and E
Vitamin C and E are essential for protecting the skin from sun damage and repairing damaged skin. People who take Vitamins C and E regularly on a long term basis show reduced rate of sunburn caused by UVB radiation. Topical Vitamin C and E are recommended for protection from immediate sun exposure, and taking them as supplements has been shown to reduce sun damage, wrinkles, and improve skin texture. Vitamin C and E reduce damage from free radicals, which break down collagen and elastin and lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Unless your Vitamin A levels are low, adding addition Vitamin A probably won’t make much of a difference on your skin. However, if these levels drop even slightly below normal, it can result in skin problems, including a dry, flaky complexion. Vitamin A is essential for skin maintenance and repair, and without sufficient levels, your skin will suffer. Topical Vitamin A has been shown to reduce wrinkles, control acne, and improve symptoms of psoriasis.
Biotin is a B-Vitamin responsible for the formation of skin, nail and hair cells. Even a slight deficiency can lead to dry, itchy, or scaly skin.
Niacin, another B-Vitamin, when applied topically helps the skin to retain moisture, which gives the appearance of more voluminous, healthy skin and a youthful appearance. Niacin is also an anti-inflammatory which can reduce skin swelling and irritation.
Vitamin K probably will not make much of a difference to your skin when taken as a supplement, however, topical Vitamin K has been shown to be effective in reducing dark circles under the eyes.
An increasing amount of research suggests that Selenium plays a key role in Skin Cancer prevention. A study showed that Skin Cancer patients who took Selenium regularly had 37% fewer malignancies, 50% reduced risk of death from skin cancer, and a 17% decrease in overall mortality. Selenium in supplement and topical form has sunburn fighting properties as well.
Copper plays a role in the development of elastin, the fibers responsible for supporting skin structure. Most people do not have deficiencies, so supplements are generally not recommended and may have harmful effects. However, applied topically, copper can be very beneficial. They have been shown to firm skin and elasticity, and provide quick improvements in skin smoothness, clarity, fine lines, wrinkling, and sun damage.
Most of us are familiar with using Zinc Oxide on our noses for sun damage. What most people don’t know is that Zinc is also crucial in regulating acne. Sometimes, acne itself may be a symptom of a Zinc deficiency. When taken as a supplement or used topically, Zinc reduces oil production, and can help reduce formation of acne lesions and help repair existing ones.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids, such as the Omega-3s found in fish and flax, have a powerful affect on the skin. Essential Fatty Acids are largely responsible for the skin’s natural oil barrier. If levels are low, the skin produces a problematic form of oil, which can lead to problems like dry skin, inflammation, and white heads and black heads.
The same substance used in dermal fillers such as Juvéderm, Perlane, and Restylane may have benefits when used topically. In your body, hyaluronic acid serves to lubricate joints. In the skin, hyaluronic acid acts as a sort of glue, holding skin cells together, which keeps skin tighter and smoother. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, which aids in moisture retention in the skin. Some research indicates the hyaluronic acid might be beneficial for the skin as a supplement, although more research is needed.
Take Care of your Skin
Rejuvalife is here to support your overall health, inside and out, and we take skin very seriously. In addition to our Skin Rejuvenation treatments, such as Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Therapeutic Facials, as well as Botox and Dermal Fillers, we also offer a complete line of the highest quality Nutritional Supplements and Skincare Products. We can also work with you to develop a diet and nutrition plan to promote healthy levels of these vitamins and minerals and overall well-being. We recognize that good skin is an essential part of beauty, and are here to help you achieve the smooth, youthful, glowing complexion you have always wanted.