A youthful glow reflects healthy skin that has been well-nourished. Healthy skin can be accomplished with vitamin-enriched anti-aging cream products when your diet alone does not provide enough of certain vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
Here are some vitamins that can help make your skin healthy:
Vitamin C is one of the better-known anti-oxidants in use today. It has been shown to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. Sun exposure, smoke, and pollution all contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, thus, leading to a wrinkled appearance and other signs of aging. Ingesting foods with a high concentration of Vitamin C, including citrus fruits and vegetables, and taking Vitamin C supplements of 500-1,000 mg are beneficial. Anti-aging moisturizing cream that contains Vitamin C will help achieve healthy skin by forming new collagen.
Vitamin E, one of the fat-soluble antioxidants, helps reduce sun damage to the skin, as well as reducing production of cancer-causing cells. It is also an effective way to reduce wrinkles and make the skin look and feel smoother. As an oral supplement more is definitely NOT better: take no more than 400 I.U. to avoid serious harmful side effects. When combined with Vitamin C in lotion form, Vitamin E is very useful in protecting against sun damage.
Vitamin A is necessary to repair and maintain healthy skin tissue. If a person lacks the proper amount of this vitamin, the complexion may become dry and flaky. To avoid this, eat foods that are rich sources of vitamin A, such as fruits and vegetables. Besides getting vitamin A from dietary sources, applying it externally is also helpful. This can take the form of lotions and creams. Used as a component in OTC anti-aging creams (retinol), or in prescription form for treatment of acne (Retin A), Vitamin A is notable for decreasing the amount of lines and wrinkles seen in the skin.
Vitamin B Complex, including the very important B vitamin, biotin, can be found in many foods such as bananas, eggs, oatmeal and rice. The body makes biotin too. This nutrient helps form nail, skin, and hair cells. A deficiency in this important nutrient may result in inflamed skin, itchiness or dermatitis. Anti-aging creams that contain B vitamins contribute to healthy looking, well-hydrated skin. It is useful in lightening dark spots as well.
Vitamin K, when used as a cream, is most valuable in reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. It becomes even more beneficial when used in a formula that combines it with Vitamin A.