Some facts about vitamins and skin
Retinols which is another word for products made from vitamin A, is a powerful antioxidant and some of these products (the prescription only drugs - Retin A and Retinova) have shown to dramitically reduce skin damage from ultravoilet rays.
- Although the sun is harmful for the skin in lot many ways, the Vitamin D, processed by our body in presence of sun is one of the benefactors in the skin nutrition.
Vitamin for Dry Skin
Vitamins and Minerals for Skin
Skin Vitamins Glossary
- Vitamin A - not only it is powerful antioxidant, but Vitamin A also helps your skin produce keratin (a substance that strengthens skin cells, maximizing their protective role) and protiens that help with cell regeneration. If you are lacking in it, your skin may be drier and flakier than normal. You can get your daily dose from fruits and vegetables that are high in an ingredient called beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. Beta-carotene is found in the highest quantities in orange fruits and vegetables like carrots, peaches, pumpkin and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamin C - Collagen is one of the most important substances in the structure of the skin - it is what keeps it firm and well toned. To feed collagen you need Vitamin C. There are two reasons for this; first, the antioxidant action of vitamin C helps fight the free radicals that destroy collagen; and second, Vitamin C also contains substance called flavinoids that are essential for replenishing collagen. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables - one of the richest sources is kiwi fruit. One kiwi contains the minimum recommended daily amount of vitamin C - pop four or five down in a day and you'll be dramatically boosting your skin health. Other great sources are oranges, red peppers, blueberries and melon.
- Iron - Low iron levels in the body lead to reduced oxygen in the blood and this can be the cause of pale skin and pronounced dark ccircles under the eyes. In order to boost your iron levels you should include lean red meat and plenty of dark green leafy vegetables in your diet .
- Zinc - It is a mineral thay is vital for healing the skin and it's also been shown to reduce acne. You'll find high levels of zinc in foods such as shellfish, hard crumbly cheese, nuts and seeds.