Vitamins contain many properties that are beneficial to the human body. If you want to use vitamins to care for your face, look for vitamins A, B Complex, C, E, and K. They can either be taken orally or administered topically. Before you run out to buy some from your local pharmacy, you have to know what kinds there are and how to use them first.
- Check with your doctor or dermatologist first. You should always consult your doctor or dermatologist first before taking any new vitamin supplements or applying any external creams and ointments. This is especially important when you're pregnant or have other pre-existing health condition that you're taking medication for. You wouldn't want your new vitamins to mess up the effects of your prescribed medication. If you're also using any skin care product as prescribed by your dermatologist and you're interested in trying out a vitamin-infused facial cream, better ask for your dermatologist's approval first.
- Research on the benefits of Vitamins to the skin. Vitamin A helps strengthen the skin's protective tissue and helps make the skin more elastic and younger looking. It also is crucial for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue, and prevents acne. Recent discoveries show that Vitamin C counters the effects of sun exposure and reduces damages caused by free radicals-a byproduct of smoke, sunlight, and pollution. Free radicals deplete collagen and elastin, fibers in our body that support skin structure. Without these, our skin would be more prone to wrinkles. Vitamin C is also vital to wound healing, and it keeps up production of collagen. Like Vitamins A and C, Vitamin E also has antioxidant properties. It also reduces damages to skin caused by sun exposure. Biotin, an important kind of Vitamin B forms the basis of skin, hair, and nail cells. Deficiency causes dermatitis and hair loss. Niacin, another form of Vitamin B, helps in retaining moisture to keep skin hydrated and healthy. Vitamin K, the one responsible for blood clotting, has also been recently discovered to reduce dark circles under the eyes, and wrinkles.
- Decide which one you need most. Vitamins A, C, and E are usually found in most facial creams. Both Vitamins C and E work best when applied directly to the skin, while Vitamin A works best when taken in orally. You can get Vitamin A from fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene. Its antioxidant properties flush out toxins and free radicals from the body. Tretinoin, a Vitamin A cream, is helpful in reducing wrinkles and fine lines. You can get your dose of Vitamin C from citrus fruits and juices, and by taking 500-100 mg. of Vitamin C supplements daily. If you want to use a topical cream, look for one that contains L-ascorbic acid, a form of Vitamin C that can penetrate skin layers. Taking 400 units of Vitamin E daily can not only reduce skin damage from sun exposure, but it can also reduce production of cancer-causing cells. Facial creams with Vitamin E can immediately moisturize and soften skin. For Vitamin B, also look for creams that include Niacin and other B vitamins to help lighten and even out skin tone, and soothe dry, irritated skin. Vitamin K when used in combination with Vitamins A, C, and E in a cream would have more potent healing or nourishing effects.
- Read labels carefully. Do not rely on media advertising or word-of-mouth alone. Make sure you read labels carefully and understand instructions, contents, and health benefits of the vitamin supplement or facial cream that you will be using. If you're not sure of what the label says, consult a dermatologist or doctor to understand it better.
Vitamins overall can do wonders for the whole body and the skin. Vitamins A, B Complex, C, E, and K all have properties that can help nourish, moisturize, soothe, soften, renew, or even heal skin. You can have them as orally-ingested vitamin supplements, or applied topically as facial creams. Make sure you read the labels first and consult with your doctor or dermatologist.