• The ABC of skin health


    In various forms, vitamins contribute to the health and youthfulness of skin. It is recommended to get these essentials from your daily meals but topical formulas offer extra benefits by incorporating some of the necessary vitamins. Here’s how:

    Vitamin A – stimulates the renewal of new skin cells and tissue and it helps treat sun burns, acne, wounds, wrinkles and various aging signs. In skincare it is mostly used as retinol.

    Vitamin B – has conditioning and moisturizing properties on skin. It is a complex of vitamins with great benefits for the entire body. The most common forms in skincare are labeled as biotin (vitamin B7) and panthenol (provitamin B5)

    Vitamin C – essential for health, it is in fact an antioxidant that helps skin maintain elasticity and youthfulness by stimulating collagen production. On a label, you find it under names like L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate etc.

    Vitamin D – also an antioxidant that is essential to life. Helps cell turnover and supports the functions of other vitamins.

    Vitamin E – very important in skincare, this vitamin contributes to the UV protection, wound healing and skin hydration. It is effective when used in significant concentrations. Labeled as tocopherol, tocopheryl acetate, tocopheryl linoleate.

    Vitamin F – an essential fatty acid which is beneficial in skincare, it is a lipid that contributes to skin ‘s health. Found in linoleic acid, omega-3, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil.

    Vitamin K – rarely found in skincare products because it is an expensive ingredient, it only becomes effective in high percentages. It contributes to healing bruises and under-eye dark circles.

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