My motto has always been…”Love The Skin You Are In.” And also “Beauty From The Inside Out.” I have talked about vitamins we need in our diet to maintain a healthy body and to keep your skin glowing and healthy.
This post is about the Vitamins we need topically to apply to our skin to deliver maximum anti-aging benefits….everything from improving texture and tone, fading brown spots and diminishing crow’s feet.
The Best Anti-Aging Vitamins:
- Vitamin A: Best Overall Age Fighter (known as retinoids) proven to reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth roughness. Apply at night. Sunlight inactivates most forms of vitamin A.
- Vitamin B3: Boosts Hydration to Reduce Redness (known as niacinamide)…proven to reduce production of ceramides and fatty acids, two key components of your skin’s outer protective barrier. As that barrier is strengthened, skin is better able to keep moisture in and irritants out, making B3 a great ingredient if your complexion is dry or sensitive, Studies have shown niacinamide improved the flushing and blushing of rosacea, a common condition that can worsen with age. Another B3 skin care benefit: It inhibits the transfer of pigment to skin cells, minimizing dark spots. Can be applied morning and evening.
- Vitamin E: Eases dryness and Bolsters Skin’s UV Defense
Proven to quell dryness by helping skin retain its natural moisturizers. Also, vitamin E’s potent ability to neutralize damaging free radicals has earned it superstar status as the “protector.” Studies have shown vitamin E significantly reduced the number of unstable molecules created after exposure to cigarette smoke. Other studies have shown that when it’s used before UV exposure, skin is less red, swollen, and dry. Apply before and after sun exposure.
- Vitamin K: For Younger, Brighter Eyes (find it in products that also contain retinol)
Proven to possibly help lighten under-eye circles. Fragile capillaries that allow blood to leak into the skin are considered one cause of under-eye circles, and vitamin K (aka phytonadione) may put the skids on this seepage by controlling blood clotting. Eye creams that also contain retinol thicken under-eye skin (making it harder to see dark blood vessels below) and lighten melanin that makes circles less prominent. Apply nightly.