Vitamin C for skin darkening
This is a front runner to counteract the effect of sun exposure, which we all know is the number one cause of skin aging. Supplements and local application mop up free radicals that cause wrinkling, sagging, and other aging changes. Vitamin C also helps smooth and firm skin and fade brown spots. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported lower DNA damage in skin cells, sun burn, wrinkles and improved skin texture among people who ate Vitamin C rich foods (like citrus fruit, bell peppers and leafy greens) and took a Vitamin C supplement. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends daily supplementation of 500 to 1,000 mg per day. Try HealthAid Vitamin C 1000mg – Lemon
Vitamin E for hydration
This should be you go-to if you have dry skin. This super star helps the skin retain natural moisture and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Dermatologists recommend application of Vitamin E and C rich formulas on skin before and after sun exposure to soothe redness, flaking, rough and irritated skin. Good food sources include vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and spinach but it’s hard to get enough from food alone. Supplements are in order but no more than 1000mg a day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Nykaa recommends Inlife Vitamin E + Wheat Germ Oil Capsules (60 caps). For local application try Fabindia Vitamin E Night Cream.
Vitamin B Complex to even out skin tone
Perhaps the single most important skin B vitamin is Biotin, the basis of skin, hair and nail cells. A deficiency can cause hair loss, an itchy scalp and flaky skin. Food sources include bananas, eggs, oatmeal and rice. Niacin, another B vitamin helps skin retain moisture and soothes dry, irritated skin. In higher concentrations Niacin works as a lightening agent to even out a blotchy skin tone. I n one study, Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide infused moisturizers reduced redness associated with rosacea and minimized dark spots. Nykaa recommends HealthVit B-Vit Vitamin B Complex With Bioton, Vitamin C & Folic Acid (60 Tablets).
Alpha-Lipoic Acid to prevent wrinkles
ALA is a potent antioxidant—far more efficacious than Vitamin C or E—and is just what the doctor ordered to keep your skin looking plump and hydrated. According to dermatologists ALA can penetrate both oil and water, supporting and boosting skin cells from the inside out. Plus it neutralizes free radical cell damage, and rebuilds skin cells damaged by smoke and pollution. Get you daily dose from Nature’s Bounty Super Alpha Lipoic Acid 200 mg.
Essential Fatty Acids for smoother, younger skin
If you suffer from whiteheads, blackheads and acne, chances are you have an Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) deficiency. Fatty Acids are nutrients responsible for maintaining the skin’s natural oil barrier and a deficiency makes the skin compensate by producing a more irritating form of oil that causes breakouts. Resolve skin problems by getting your daily dose of Omega 3 and Omega 6. Food sources include cooking oils, chicken, salmon, flaxseed and safflower oils. It’s a good idea to also take a supplement like Nature’s Bounty Flax, Fish, Borage 1200mg or Inlife Evening Primrose Oil (60 Caps).