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Monday, February 9, 2015


 What are the best vitamins for beautiful skin? Studies show that certain nutrients are essential for preventing and reversing many signs of skin aging. A well-balanced diet is important, of course, eating a variety of healthy foods helps keep skin supple and glowing. But the fact is, "the body delivers only a certain percentage of vitamins to your skin, no matter how much you ingest.
Which is why applying key vitamins topically can help deliver maximum benefits, including improving your skin’s texture and making your complexion more even-toned. These are top vitamins to put on your skin:

Vitamin A also known as retinoids are proven to reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth roughness. They're tried-and-true ingredients, anyone who wants younger-looking skin should use one .Apply your retinoid at night because sunlight inactivates most forms of vitamin A. Prescription retinoids work fastest, within four to eight weeks.
Note: Some retinoids can cause redness, scaling, and flaking. If you’re new to retinoid use, start by applying every second or third night for the first two weeks, and build up to nightly use. Apply sparingly; a pea-size amount is enough to cover your entire face.

Vitamin B3 often called Niacinamide is proven to increase production of ceramides and fatty acids, two key components of your skin's outer protective barrier. As that barrier is strengthened, skin is better able to keep moisture in and irritants out, making B3 a great ingredient if your complexion is dry or sensitive. A moisturizer with niacinamide improved the flushing and blushing of rosacea, a common condition that can worsen with age. Another B3 skin care benefit is that it inhibits the transfer of pigment to skin cells, minimizing dark spots.
For maximum results, apply B3 vitamins in the morning and evening. To reduce irritation from your retinoid, use it in conjunction with niacinamide. Mix them together in the palm of your hand before applying—they won't inactivate each other. Besides decreasing side effects, the combo produces superior anti-aging benefits.

Vitamin C helps to mop up the free radicals that trigger wrinkling, sagging, and other aging changes. It also helps smooth and firm skin and fades brown spots. Though the benefits of Vitamin A and Vitamin C sound similar, using both delivers more complexion perfection. Apply vitamin C in the morning before sunscreen to shield your skin from any UV, generated free radicals that get by your sunblock.

The best anti-aging products contain at least 1% vitamin E.  it helps to prevent  dryness by helping skin retain its natural moistures, neutralizes damaging free radicals, and boosts the skin’s UV defenses. Also, vitamin E's potent ability to neutralize damaging free radicals has earned it the moniker "the protector
Apply before and after serious sun exposure. A single strong blast of UV light can destroy half the skin's natural supply of E, so shore up defenses by slathering on a sunscreen supplemented with E and C before going into the sun.

It helps lighten under-eye circles. Fragile capillaries that allow blood to leak into skin are considered one cause of under-eye circles, and vitamin K (aka phytonadione) may put the skids on this seepage by controlling blood clotting. Daily use of a K cream significantly lightened circles after 4 months. Apply at night.

(Bola Akinboade-Bello is a lifestyle blogger, fashion designer and beauty therapist/cosmetologist. She started her journey into the fashion and beauty industry as a model in 1999 and modelled for top fashion and beauty brands. In March 2006, she joined City People Media Group as a style writer, and rose with a short period to become the Fashion Editor. Her clothing line, Betyl BAT Clothing and Accessories and natural skincare range, Chanterelle Skincare, are doing great in the market)

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