Optimal skin health can be as easy as ABC - with a little help from our essential vitamins, that is! Not only are vitamins essential for your metabolism, immune and nervous system, but they are also key ingredients for healthy skin complexion. We created the beauty alphabet, 5 essential topical vitamins to boost your skin immunity with some serious beauty benefits. Achieve optimal skin health with our guide on how vitamins benefit our skin!
Known as one of the most effective ingredients in skincare, Vitamin A is notable for its retinol form. Retinol is a chemical derivative of Vitamin A that helps combat signs of aging and reduce hyperpigmentation and acne scars. It’s an anti-aging and exfoliating molecule that encourages cell turnover and collagen production. Although retinol is beneficial for the skin, it also comes with some considerably harsh side effects. Due to this, retinol use must be limited to once or twice a week in the evenings only. Retinol is also not safe for use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Thankfully, there are some natural alternatives to retinol that are safer, gentler, and just as effective such as our A Plus Longevity Complex.
There are eight different types of vitamins in the Vitamin B family! This subset includes thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), B6, biotin (B7), folate (B9) and B12. Panthenol, a form of pantothenic acid (B5), is a popular ingredient used in skincare. Known as an excellent moisturizer, panthenol works both as a humectant to hold water in the skin and as an emollient to smooth and soften the skin. In conclusion, panthenol helps to moisturize, hydrate, and condition the skin. Products that contain panthenol, such as our NMF Hyaluronic Serum, is most beneficial for dry, dehydrated skin types.
Alas! The holy grail of skincare ingredients. Vitamin C is known for its miraculous health benefits as well as nutrition for the skin. Also called ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is an antioxidant that contains powerful properties to help maintain a youthful glow. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and expedites the healing process on wounds. Vitamin C is also notable for correcting dark spots which helps even out the overall skin complexion. With its antioxidant abilities, Vitamin C protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals against environmental stressors like pollution and UV exposure while combating signs of aging. Phew! The list of Vitamin C benefits can go on, but these are the key benefits on how Vitamin C products, such as our C Shield Smart Serum, helps maintain a youthful glow.
Vitamin D, the vitamin we all love and hate. We naturally produce Vitamin D from the sun but that does not mean we should go outside and risk damage from UV rays! Vitamin D is essential for maintaining strong, healthy bones. Deficiency in Vitamin D can lead to life threatening diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The best part about consuming this vitamin is that our skin naturally helps the production of Vitamin D from the sun. In case you don't get sun exposure throughout the week due to busy work or life events, you can always use over-the-counter products that contain ingredients like almond oil that are rich in Vitamin D. Skincare products that contain Vitamin D, such as our High Endurance Creme, helps to eliminate toxins, restore moisture, and boost skin immunity.
Known as a skincare staple for many years, Vitamin E is a moisturizing antioxidant that helps to improve skin hydration. Tocopherol Alpha, a form of Vitamin E, is a skin conditioning agent that protects the skin barrier from oxidation by free radicals. The vitamin is beneficial in preventing UV damage when combining with Vitamin C. Due to its antioxidant properties, tocopherol alpha is popularly used in treating a variety of skin problems such as burns, wounds, and scars. Topical forms of tocopherol alpha, such as our Luster Eye Crème, is excellent for protecting the eyes from sun exposure which in turn helps combat signs of aging.