Jun 10, 2013

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Four Essential Vitamins for Radiant Skin

Every woman wants healthy, glowing skin, but due to pollution and lifestyle few have this naturally, hence the fact that the beauty business is now worth billions of pounds. There are new ‘miracle’ creams and potions arriving on the shelves daily, each claiming to have the latest ingredients that will make you skin clearer, healthier, improve complexion, tone it up and the biggie; have miraculous anti ageing effects.

The simple fact is that, as with everything else where our bodies are concerned, prevention is so much better than cure, and it is also a fact that once your skin reaches a certain stage, no cream on the market will wind the clock back 20 years or so. What we rarely hear about in the beauty industry is, not surprisingly, how much you can do yourself to promote healthy skin, such as the effects that your diet and in particular how important 4 certain vitamins are.

One of the main ingredients you will see in beauty products is retinol, but you may not know that this is an artificially produced version of Vitamin A. This has been used in skin treatments, used for topically and internally, for the treatment of skin conditions such as acne for decades. A deficiency of Vitamin A can great exacerbate existing skin conditions and has such symptoms as flaky, dry, scaly and rough skin, so you can see why it is used in so many creams.

The best sources of Vitamin A are liver, kidneys, butter, egg yolks and cod liver oil. As it is a fat soluble vitamin you need to eat fat with it so it is absorbed properly, and be wary of taking supplements as this can lead to hypervitaminosis A, or Vitamin A poisoning.

Vitamin C is a true super nutrient and its antioxidant properties help to repair damage caused by toxins or the sun, especially when it is consumed with Vitamin E. As if that wasn’t enough, it also supports collagen making it the most natural skin rejuvenator and anti ageing product available. A water soluble vitamin, any excess is safely eradicated from the body in urine and the only side effect of taking too much vitamin C is loose bowels. Many fruits and veg contain this vitamin, and supplements are also very popular.

Vitamin E is another clever nutrient with antioxidant properties and is used widely in skin treatments. It is very helpful at reducing the outward appearance of wrinkles and helps repair skin damage like Vitamin C, but differs in that it is a fat soluble vitamin and can cause problems when taken in excess. In order to absorb and utilise to an optimum level make sure to eat whole food sources with healthy fats.

Vitamin K2 tends to be the forgotten vitamin when it comes to health, and is effectively a missing link in a modern diet. It helps with both the absorption and utilisation of calcium and is a key factor in both cardiovascular and bone health. Recent research has also revealed how important it is in both preventing and reducing wrinkles and this vitamin is best sourced from food as it will have a natural synergy with A and D. Liver, full fat milk, butter, cream and egg yolks are the best sources.

 

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  1. Donna Martin says:

    everyone needs vitamin to develop,work n grow properly

  2. veronica lee says:

    I am currently taking a supplement which contains all the 4 essential vitamins you listed and I do find a great improvement to my skin.

  3. Lynzi cook says:

    I’ve heard of and take all of the first three, but never heard of the last one.

  4. Maria Iemma says:

    I take a multi-vitamin every day and I think it should be sufficient to keep me healthy. I would guess my doctor would have suggested I take special vitamins if I had a deficiency.

  5. Great post — even though I’d a guy…I, too, want ‘radiant’ skin (well, maybe not radiant — just good skin). ;-)

    Interesting info on Vitamin A, E and K2 — thanks! Very informative post!

  6. Gabriella Pintac says:

    I don’t really take vitamins regularly but I guess it would be a great idea to start a habit of it :)

  7. I wonder if there are tests for deficiencies in these vitamins.

  8. md kennedy says:

    I agree – these are all very important for skin as well as other parts of the body and its functioning. But the best source is whole food, not pills or creams.

  9. Maribel R says:

    Great article! I take vitamins daily but not for skin, for my health.

  10. Maria Iemma says:

    Good post. My skin has lost some of its luster lately and I was wondering what to do about it. I do not have the money to go to a dermatologist and if the vitamins can help I will start taking them

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