Just as our diet requires vitamins for health and longevity of life, our skin requires vitamins. Any anti-aging skin care regimen must include vitamins for skin’s overall health, vitality and function.

Vitamin A (also known as retinol or retinol palmitate): in general, it provides anti oxidant properties. When retinol is converted to retinoic acid in the skin, it stimulates the growth and development of new healthy skin cells. Beta carotene helps protect cell membranes.

Vitamin B3 (also know as niacinamide): works as skin barrier protector, niacinamide may also provide some skin lightening properties.As well, niacinamide is shown to increase the rate of skin exfoliation. It contains anti-inflammatory properties. Beneficial to all skin types, there are reports that niacinamide aids in reducing acne.

Vitamin B5 (dl-Panthenol or pantothenic acid): most useful in skin as we age, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its moisture retention capacity and skin cell regeneration capabilities.

Vitamin C: an anti-oxidant that protects surface skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. It improves the appearance of sun damaged skin, reduces inflammation and promotes collagen production. Collagen is a protein found throughout our bodies. Collagen, in conjunction with elastin, is vital to the appearance, and the feel of skin. Our ability to manufacture collagen naturally is reduced as we age, making Vitamin C highly valuable to anti-aging regimens.

Vitamin E: highly valued for its superior anti-oxidant properties, Vitamin E also help to regulate Vitamin A in our bodies.

No one ingredient can singularly work miracles. The anti-oxidant value of all these vitamins should be present in any anti-aging skin care regimen. Our skin is our largest organ. Just as we need to take vitamins for the insides of our bodies, applying quality, vitamin based skin care products can protect our faces and bodies.

This post was submitted by Lise Lapierre.  Thanks Lisa!

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