By now, you’re no doubt well versed in the benefits of taking a daily vitamin, but what about vitamin-based skincare? If you count yourself a bit of a skincare connoisseur then you’ll already know you’re ABCs, but for the unacquainted (of if you just need a refresh), ahead is everything you need to know.
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What is vitamin-based skincare?
We know there is a direct correlation between what we eat and put inside our body, and the ultimate health of our skin. Much the same as consuming healthy levels of antioxidants – through diet or supplementation – can benefit our complexion, vitamin-based skincare is the same principle. Like vitamin B supplements are great for energy and magnesium is great for muscle recovery, applying vitamins topically have specific benefits for your skin too.
Below we round-up the most common skincare vitamins and explain their powerful complexion perfecting prowess…
If you’re worried about ageing or acne scarring, then make friends with vitamin A, also known as retinol in the skincare world.
Why we need it: In beauty circles, vitamin A is known as the gold standard in anti-ageing. It works to stimulate cell renewal and refine fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve the elasticity and overall skin health.
Need to know: Retinol can make your skin sun sensitive, so use at night only, and protect your skin during the day with sunscreen. It’s not uncommon for it to cause irritation in high doses so if you’re concerned, introduce it slowly (every other night) and start with a lower percentage to build up your skin’s tolerance.
It’s a super skin hydrator and skin refiner, so if these are your 2021 #skingoals , we recommend adding vitamin B to your skincare routine.
Why we need it: Vitamin B and its derivatives such as vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and pro vitamin B5 (panthenol), help to boost collagen, improve pigmentation, hydrate skin, boost immunity to UV and generally promote healthy skin. It’s also known to reduce redness in those who suffer from rosacea and acne.
Vitamin C is arguably the most all-encompassing supplement with an infinite list of benefits. Now, add this to the list of things you learned today: vitamin C is the ultimate, multi-tasking vitamin, too.
Why we need it: As well as being a powerful antioxidant to neutralise free radicals, we need vitamin C to help produce collagen in our skin, AKA the fountain of youth. In addition to collagen plumping the skin and reducing the visibility of wrinkles, it’s also a fast-acting glow-getter. When applied topically, vitamin C helps to restore radiance, luminosity and a more even skin tone. A lesser known benefit is its relationship with SPF. Vitamin C has been found to enhance the protection of sunscreen when regularly applied. Win win!
The body produces Vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight, although we tend to not get enough in Australia and New Zealand (due to over-protecting ourselves with SPF). Not only is vitamin D essential for bones, immunity and mental health, but it’s also been found to help reduce skin inflammation and irritation. It’s natural antioxidant capabilities prevent skin damage and premature ageing when taken as a supplement, and also aids in cell repair and growth. Ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D by heading outside for 10 minutes of sun exposure each day or by taking a vitamin D supplement.