From the time we were kids, we were told to take our vitamins. Whether we took multivitamins or got all of our nutrition from a balanced, nutritious diet, we’ve all been told how oranges can help boost our immune system and carrots are good for our eyesight. It's no secret that vitamins are, in fact, good for you. So what exactly do vitamins do in your skincare and how can you incorporate them into your routine?
We’ve rounded up some common vitamins, what they do for your skin and how you can add them to your regimen.
Vitamin A helps to prevent breakouts, support the skin's immune system and speed up healing. It supports your skin's moisture barrier and ensures that the skin is effectively hydrated, helping it glow.
The most common form of Vitamin A in skincare is in retinols and retinoids. Retinols and retinoids are two of the best-proven ingredients to assist in anti-aging treatment. They help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and encourage skin cell turnover to promote a youthful complexion.
There are many different types of Vitamin B, but one of the most common in skincare is Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, which is one of the two main components in Niacinamide (the other is nicotinic acid).
Niacinamide is primarily helpful for oily skin, though all skin types can benefit from it in their skincare. The ingredient is great for helping reduce redness that occurs due to acne, rosacea, eczema, and other inflammatory skin conditions. It has also been proven to help prevent skin cancer and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
One of the most common,and most powerful antioxidants in skincare is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is proven to help brighten your skin's overall appearance, as well as reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
Vitamin C, as well as other antioxidants, help protect your skin from environmental stressors and free radicals that can prematurely age your skin or cause discoloration.
While you may be familiar with Vitamin D because of spending time in the sun, you may not know . Vitamin D is also an antioxidant to help protect your skin from free radicals and other environmental stressors.
Vitamin D can also help reduce inflammation and has regenerative powers to help repair broken skin. While there are topical products that you can incorporate into your routine, the best way to add a little bit of Vitamin D into your skincare is to spend 15 to 20 minutes out in the sun everyday. Just make sure to always wear SPF!
Vitamin E is often touted as the most powerful antioxidant that you can apply topically. Not only does it protect your skin from free radicals and environmental stressors, but it may also help reverse the effects of UV damage as well. It can also help your skin heal after burns or scars, which is especially helpful for skin that is inflamed or damaged from conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
If you have hypersensitive, super oily or acne-prone skin, you may want to speak to your dermatologist before implementing it into your skincare routine. Vitamin E is one of our favorite ingredients and can be found in our Super Amino Gel Cleanser, R+R Mask and Overtime Mask to help repair and protect your skin.