Our skin is the reflection of our health and suggests how healthy we are internally. We eat healthy food and take all essential nutrients to keep ourselves healthy. Likewise, our skin also needs healthy foods and other essential nutrient to be healthy and flawless.
Failure to provide essential nutrients and proper care leads to certain skin conditions which can be a matter of concern amongst which acne, rosacea, dry and damaged skin, tanning, pigmentation, wrinkles etc are very common. Consuming certain vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial foods in the diet is one of the most effective ways to treat skin conditions and improve the look and feel of one’s skin. There are several nutrients that are known to play a role in the protection and immunity of the skin and they include vitamin like A, E, C, B complex and some of other minerals.
Vitamin A: One of the most important vitamins required for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. It helps in healing scrapes, wounds and other damages to the skin. It is also a great anti-aging nutrient hence is always loved by those who wish to keep lines, wrinkles, dull skin and other skin aging symptoms at bay.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol): Vitamin E is the most essential fat soluble antioxidant in skin. It benefits the skin by helping it retain its natural moisture content. It protects the skin from the harmful effects of smoking, pollution, sun exposure that contributes to skin aging and prevents the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, lines, acne and other undesirable skin problems.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid): Vitamin C helps by reducing the damage caused by free radicals produced as a byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. It clogs the effect of collagen and elastin, the fibers that support skin structure, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Vitamin B: Almost all the members of B vitamin family are considered important for proper functioning of human body as well as for a healthy and glowing skin. It helps boost circulation in the skin, improves oxygenation and contributes to the healthy glow.
Niacinamide: Niacinamide is a biologically active form of Niacin (Vitamin B3). When used topically it forms a barrier to the skin protecting it from direct sun exposure, air, pollution, improves skin’s elasticity, helps erase pigmentation and improves skin’s healthy tone and texture.
Apart from the above healthy vitamins there are other nutrients which one can opt for in order to get flawless, glowing and radiant skin.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): Like many other nutrients ALA is also a considered healthy for your skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that is made by the body and found in every cell and is soluble in both fat and water. It possesses anti aging properties and acts by preventing the process of glycation in which an excess of glucose in our system reacts with proteins like collagen making them less functional leading to stiffness, wrinkles, lines and ageing of the skin. It metabolizes excess glucose thus preserves skin’s flexibility.
Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate): Another recent trend in skin care is Hyaluronic Acid. It is a natural polysaccharide found abundant in connective tissues of our body. It lubricates the joints and possesses anti aging properties. As we age our skin loses its natural moisture and elasticity. Hyaluronic Acid secures moisture in the skin and creates bounce and fullness giving our skin a smooth, soft and supple look. Thus it is an important ingredient in skin care products.
Hydrolyzed Collagen: Hydrolyzed collagen is the structural protein found in connective tissue of bones, tendons, ligaments and skin. Having possessed excellent fluid binding capacity it makes our skin supple, smooth and plump giving a youthful look.
Arbutin: Arbutin is a compound extracted from the leaves of cranberry, blueberry, bearberry shrubs, some kind of mushrooms and pears. It is known to possess skin whitening properties. It works to inhibit tyrosinase activity, which in turn inhibits the formation of melanin pigmentation. Thus this compound helps in reduction of dark spots and age spots helping in brightening of the skin.
Peptides: Peptides are long chain amino acids of the proteins essential for skin health. Being very small or microscopic they have the ability to penetrate deep within the skin layer and stimulate the production of collagen which is required to moisturize and support the skin making it smoother, softer, and younger looking.
Ceramide: Ceramide acts as glue holding the cells of outer layer of our skin tightly keeping them in the required place and imparting skin a firm look, smooth structure and suppleness. It improves skin’s water retention capacity keeping the skin more moisturized, well hydrated and soft.
So, it is extremely important that we take proper care of our health and specially our skin. Having a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and using mild skin care products may help make our skin soft, supple, smooth and gorgeous.
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