Taking vitamins with breakfast is a pretty natural thing for most of us, but no matter how many of those chewy orange tablets you eat, your body only delivers a small amount of these to your skin.
And that’s where vitamin-infused skincare comes into play.
Every day, all manner of serums, moisturisers and cleansers are being formulated with the good stuff.
From vitamin A (a potent anti-ager) to vitamin E, which cleverly acts like a shield against complexion-ravaging UV rays and pollution, vitamin-enriched skincare contains way more than meets the eye.
If you’re an anti-ageing enthusiast or suffer with spots, you’re probably aware that vitamin A in its purest form is also known as star skincare ingredient retinol.
Favoured by dermatologists and facialists all over the globe, retinol’s complexion-perfecting properties are the gold standard in skin ageing, it attaches itself to skin cells and tells them to behave like younger, healthier versions of themselves.
Retinol helps speed up cell turnover, thickening the dermis for plumper, younger looking skin and a brighter, more glowing complexion, and it really helps improve hyper-pigmentation, acne, large pores, lines and wrinkles.
We’re all familiar with skin resurfacing ingredients like Salicylic and Glycolic Acid but B3, otherwise known as Niacinamide, is also extremely effective in refining skin texture – and who doesn’t want a flawless face?
Vitamin B3 helps prevent and treat hyper-pigmentation by slowing down the transportation of melanin to the skin’s surface, and it’s also effective in improving the skin’s barrier function to maintain skin hydration.
But that’s not all. This particular vitamin also has an antibiotic effect, which means it improves skin congestion and acne breakouts, all whilst regulating sebum.
B3 is also a must-have for those who suffer with blackheads and spots, thanks to its ability to control oil, and city dwellers will benefit from the antioxidant protection it lends skin against environmental aggressors like pollution.
Vitamin B12 is often overlooked in skincare, it actually plays an important part in speeding up cell regeneration. Vitamin B12 works by binding to enzymes to help with chemical reactions in the body and the skin. When B12 is absorbed into the skin, it boosts Metabolism in the skin cells and this energy speeds up cell recovery and regeneration. In turn, fatigued skin is improved.
And according to experts, topical use of B12 delivers even better results than oral supplements.
As much as 99% of what you swallow is not even absorbed, it just passes through your body, but continued use of topical vitamin B12 leads to thicker, firmer skin.
According to skin experts, if you’re going to incorporate any vitamin into your skincare arsenal, it should be vitamin C, as it’s ability to protect and strengthen the skin is second to none. Vitamin C is one of the most important skincare ingredients, and it should be included in everyone’s regime, from teens just starting out with skincare to those after strong anti-ageing benefits.
It’s one of the most potent antioxidants around, which means it not only helps shield the skin from free radical damage caused by environmental aggressors, but it increases protection against sun damage. In fact, a vitamin C-based serum with SPF50 is the foundation of all day-time regimes. Using it topically is essential as it gets to the skin cells directly to boost collagen and elastin and to reduce wrinkles.
Vitamin E is a hero ingredient in the beauty sphere, especially for those who suffer with ultra-dry and sensitive skin, but it’s also one of the best antioxidants out there.
Vitamin E never fails to deliver softer, more hydrated skin, it’s intensely moisturising and this keeps the skin looking and feeling plump and smooth, but the best part is that it also contains effective antioxidants which are known for protecting against pollution and other environmental stressors.
And teamed with vitamin C, it is even more powerful.
Vitamin K is a bit of an unsung skincare hero but it’s especially effective in products like eye cream because of its coagulant properties. In other words, it prevents blood clots from forming by boosting blood circulation, and this minimises those unsightly dark circles.
Under-eye circles are the bane of your life or you are prone to skin redness and purpling due to broken capillaries. It’s a great anti-inflammatory and is good for skin recovery.