The skin is the largest organ of our body and it is also the most exposed, since it forms a barrier between us and the external environment. Our appearance depends on the skin, and it is the skin that shows our aging. In short, a truly fundamental organ. But also extremely at risk, since it is the skin that receives all kinds of external stress – from jeans that are too tight, pollution, from cold to dry air – as well as internal.
In a nutshell, the skin is subjected to continuous stress which, combined with hormonal factors and genetics, make it an organ constantly exposed to all kinds of imperfections, from pimples to wrinkles, from sun spots to dryness.
Yes, but can it be fixed? And how?
That's exactly what we want to tell you about today, highlighting the importance of vitamins for the skin!
The steps (valid for everyone) to take care of your skin
They have repeated it to us until exhaustion, and therefore we will only say it once: each skin has different specific characteristics and different needs (therefore different products). For all, however, some golden rules apply.
1) Cleansing: whether it's removing make-up before going to sleep, or eliminating excess sebum and smog from the face, the skin must be clean every day;
2) Thehydration: after cleansing the skin, applying a product both in the evening and in the morning that restores the hydrolipidic film and acts as a shield against external agents is the minimum required for skin care. You can then use creams or serums, waters or oils, and anti-aging or anti-sebaceous products. You can add weekly masks or not. The important thing is to take care of yourself.
3) Keep your skin healthy from within: no cream will be able to do anything for your skin if you don't take care of it from the inside by taking nutrients that allow you to keep the reticulate of collagen and give your skin all the support it needs.
Vitamins for the skin: what vitamins are essential for skin health
Whatever your skin needs, from counteracting excess sebum to preventing or reducing the signs of aging, there are vitamins you can never give up, in any condition and at any age. These are just a few elements, which you can take with your diet or with supplements – excellent water-soluble, rapidly absorbed vitamins – and which perform an essential function for the epidermis.
What are they and what do they do? Let's get to know them together!
Vitamin D is your ally to fight both hydration deficiency and cellular aging. It therefore works closely with collagen to keep your skin toned and plump. It also plays a fundamental role for the immune system, and also allows you to counteract the main skin disorders, such as eczema for example.
It is found naturally in our body. It is produced by transforming some cholesterol molecules, as a result of exposure to the sun. Naturally, however, it is advisable not to expose yourself too much to the sun for the well-being of the skin. It is therefore worth knowing that you can integrate vitamin D both through water-soluble vitamin supplements and through foods such as salmon, mushrooms, bran, liver and butter.
We think we know everything about vitamin C, since it's one of the most popular when it comes to both health and beauty. In fact, this vitamin is very popular in cosmetics due to its effectiveness:
- protects against UV rays and accelerates the healing process of wounds.
- supports natural collagen synthesis and cell regeneration.
- helps keep cells well hydrated.
In addition to being popular, it is also widespread. We find it in citrus fruits, but not only. It is also found in strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, melons, peppers, broccoli and cabbage, as well as tomatoes and squash. In short, following a varied diet, you will hardly have a deficiency of this vitamin. But be careful to consume fresh fruit and vegetables, because it is a vitamin whose concentration tends to decrease with oxidation.
Vitamin E: the enemy of free radicals
It is the anti-aging vitamin par excellence, thanks to its well-known antioxidant properties. It protects the skin from the sun's rays and helps prevent wrinkles and dark spots. In addition, it has a powerful anti-inflammatory action that allows us to heal from sunburn. But above all, it is the number one enemy of free radicals, ie those responsible for cellular aging. For this reason, as well as in the diet and in supplements, it also tends to be used in cosmetics. In fact, it is recommended both for those looking for anti-aging products and for those suffering from dry skin.
To take it, in the Mediterranean diet, we tend to resort mainly to supplements. It is in fact present in large concentrations in vegetable oils. Too bad that our diet tends not to include it in large quantities, with the exception of olive oil. We can also find it in almonds and dried fruit in general.
Vitamin K: goodbye dark circles
It is the vitamin that allows the blood clotting process and therefore the healing of wounds and the disappearance of bruises. On the skin, especially on the face, it is useful for both dark circles and blackheads. Furthermore, it also performs an adjuvant function in case of wounds and stretch marks. We find it in spinach, tomatoes, turnip tops and cabbage. Unlike vitamin C, it does not undergo oxidation, therefore its concentration remains unchanged even after cooking.
Vitamins and collagen for a more beautiful and younger skin!
Well! Now you know what are the allies to take care of your skin in the best way. The 'smart' advice? Don't limit yourself to intervening on just one front! Opt instead for a shock action, which supports the skin both from the inside and from the outside. As? By varying your diet as much as possible, taking water-soluble vitamins and collagen supplements, and assisting the action of supplements with ad hoc products for the skin.
In this way, you will maximize the effects of the vitamins, giving your skin everything it needs to stay young and beautiful!