Important vitamins for skin care


Every year, millions of individuals spend millions of dollars in hopes of finding a remedy to minimize the effects of aging. In fact, according to Global Cosmetic Industry, the skin-care market in the U.S. will make up nearly $11 billion by 2018! If you plan on contributing to the industry, there are a few ingredients to keep an eye out for in your skin-care products. Here is a breakdown of some of the vitamins you should look for depending on what you are trying to accomplish:

Sun-damage repair
If you’ve spent a little too much time under the sun and have the wrinkles to prove it, make sure you look for products with Vitamin A. Both retinols and carotenoids are two derivatives of Vitamin A that promote the protection of skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Studies have shown that carotenoids have the potential to prevent the breakup of collagen, which can be a big help when it comes to caring for your skin. In addition to the skin-care products you use with cartenoids, you can help yourself by eating the right kinds of foods. Orange root vegetables – such as carrots and sweet potatoes – contain plenty of cartenoids that help protect your skin from the sun. Although there is still a lot of research behind the benefits of carotenoids, there is no question that retinols are extremely beneficial. Do your best to use topical skin-care products that contain prescription retinol formulas that have been proven to fight effects of aging skin, such as premature age spots and wrinkles.

Under your eyes
Looking for a way to give your eyes a brighter and more awake appearance? Turn to Vitamin K. Vitamin K can reduce the dark circles that develop under your eyes and help establish a smoother, more consistent color across your skin. Plus, Vitamin K helps bruises heal more quickly. In addition to using Vitamin K in your skin products, you can improve your skin’s health by including it in your diet as well. Meats and dairy products are generally excellent sources of the vitamin.

Moisturizing needs
Before long, the cold and dry winter weather will be here. If you have a tough time keeping your skin moisturized over the winter months, look out for skin-care products that contain Vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 increases the strength of the outermost layer of skin, according to Prevention. That said, skin with high levels of Vitamin B3 will retain moisture. Also known as niacinamide, Vitamin B3 is also helpful in decreasing the redness of skin while keeping it hydrated.

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