Our research indicates there are 4 key vitamins for great skin.
Vitamin C is a popular choice in topical skin care and skin treatments because of its well known and potent antioxidant, skin lightening and anti-inflammatory properties. It is known as a highly rated ingredient to create and maintain a healthy glowing complexion.
Vitamin C can improve the appearance of pigmentation, lines and wrinkles and an uneven skin tone. It is known as a popular anti-ageing ingredient and for maintaining a healthy complexion including skins that suffer from acne, sun damage and signs of premature ageing.
Vitamin C rich foods include:
- citrus foods
- strawberries, broccoli, and spinach
- supplements can deliver Vitamin C very efficiently
Vitamin D is created when sunlight is absorbed by skin.
Cholesterol converts to vitamin D which is taken up by the kidneys and liver and assists in healthy cell production. Vitamin D is key in good skin maintenance and whilst Vitamin D is great for skin there is little evidence that topical Vitamin D is helpful.
Vitamin D rich foods include:
- fish including salmon and tuna
- fruit juice
- yoghurt and dairy products
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, like Vitamin C and has a main function to protect skin against environmental and sun damage.
Vitamin E absorbs UV rays in a mode of photo protection so works very well in a topical application. This can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. The body also naturally produces vitamin E through sebum or oil.
Vitamin E rich foods include:
- Cheese + dairy products
- Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna + mackerel
- Small amounts of vitamin D are also found in beef liver + egg yolks.
Vitamin K is key in blood-clotting and wound healing. A deficiency of Vitamin K can lead to concerns such as dark eye circles, broken capillaries and age spots/pigmentation.
Vitamin K rich foods include:
- cabbage + green beans
- kale + lettuce