Top 5 Vitamins for Healthy Skin

Find the Right Vitamins for Your Skin

We all know that vitamins, when taken orally, can help us stay healthy. It also turns out that skin care products that include vitamins among their ingredients do a lot of great things for our skin. Vitamins in skin care products can do everything from hydrating and renewing the skin, improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and even help lessen the appearance of dark under eye circles.

Listed below are five vitamins that are great for your skin. Each one can help your skin in a different yet significant way.

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E overnight serum from The Body Shop
Courtesy of The Body Shop

Vitamin E in skin care products has multiple benefits. It is a potent antioxidant that is thought to fight off free radicals that cause signs of aging. Free radicals can be caused by cigarette smoke, pollutants, a poor diet, and especially from the sun.

Vitamin E is also a great moisturizing ingredient that is found naturally in our bodies. This vitamin is included in many skin care products and easy to find, and it is also available as an oral supplement at any drugstore. A great way to get the skincare benefits of vitamin E is to poke a hole in the capsule you bought at the drugstore, and squeeze out the vitamin E gel and apply directly to your skin.

The Body Shop has an entire line of vitamin E skin care products. Apply their Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil at night and wake-up with softer, more radiant skin in the morning.

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Vitamin A

ZO Skin Health Renewal Cream
Courtesy of ZO Skin Health

Are you familiar with the anti-aging (and anti-acne) superstar "retinol"? If so, then you're familiar with vitamin A and the great things it can do for your skin. Vitamin A forces your skin cells to turn over faster, bringing new fresh skin cells to the surface. Retinol can cause some skin irritation for some people, and many people using prescription-strength products have to start slow, applying only every couple of days.

Using vitamin A increases your skin's sensitivity to the sun, so use ample amounts of sunscreen. Be patient — results will take time to achieve. Over time your skin will become smoother and brighter, and if you suffer from acne your breakouts will lessen.

One way to get your vitamin A from your dermatologist is in a product like Retin-A. There are numerous prescription vitamin A products to choose from. But a potent (yet expensive) over-the-counter line of products using Vitamin A is ZO Skin Health. A more affordable option is RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream which is gentle enough even for people with sensitive skin. 

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Vitamin K

Dermarie Eye Cream
Courtesy of Dermarie

If you've been searching for an eye cream that will get rid of the dark circles under your eyes, you've likely come across one with vitamin K as an ingredient.

While dark circles under the eyes can be caused by numerous reasons, they are typically visible because of leaking capillaries under your skin. The skin under your eyes is thin, which makes the blood leaking from the capillaries visible as dark circles. It is often recommended to look at your stress level, sleep schedule, and smoking habits when trying to get rid of dark under eye circles.

While you could always use concealers, you can also try an eye cream with vitamin K like Dermarie Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Eye Cream + Vitamin K, Arnica & Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer which contains a number of great ingredients for the skin in the eye area.

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Vitamin C

emerginC Vitamin C Serum
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Vitamin C is another super-star antioxidant and vitamin. This ingredient is also readily found in many skin care products, especially those meant for anti-aging and brightening dark spots. Vitamin C fights free radicals damage, slows down the aging process, and even brightens skin. It will give your skin a great glow.

Vitamin C is a wonderful ingredient to look for in skin care lines because of its great benefits, but know that vitamin C has a hard time staying stable in skin care products, especially when exposed to the air. Try looking for serums and moisturizers that come in airless chamber pumps to keep the air out of the bottle. A dark or opaque container is also important.

EmerginC's Vitamin C Serum (pictured) is a good example of a stable Vitamin C serum on the market. So is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum, which is expensive but worth the money.

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Vitamin B

Olay Total Effects
Courtesy of Olay

Vitamin B is a great addition to your skincare product, especially if you have dry skin or are looking to decrease age spots. Using products with Vitamin B may also help your skin's appearance by evening out its overall tone as well. In fact, this vitamin isn't just an anti-aging powerhouse, it even has great acne-fighting properties as well.

You'll notice the label will read B-3, B-5, B-6 B-12, etc., all of which are forms of vitamin B. And you'll definitely have your choice of skin care products at different price points.

A good drugstore line with vitamin B is Olay Total Effects, which contains seven vitamins including vitamin B. Olay has an entire skin care line with vitamin B, from cleansers to serums to moisturizers so all your skincare needs are covered.