Skin is the largest organ in the body and anything that you intake reflects on the exterior, revealing so much about your health from hydration, stress levels, diet, sleep quality and cellular ageing. If you treat yourself well, your skin will reflect it in years to come, vitamins are vital to your hair health too, not only rewarding you with a radiant, glowing complexion, but hair will be shinier and stronger, and nails won’t break as easily. Conversely, if you don’t nourish yourself, your skin will respond accordingly with a lacklustre, dull, congested and blemished appearance, hair will begin to thin and won’t be as shiny. Your body loves to be nourished with beauty-boosting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and probiotics. These ingredients are all essential for cellular repair and rejuvenation.
Known as the anti-ageing vitamin, helps to regenerate cells and repair free radical damage. Look for serums and eye creams that contain Vitamin C, like Kolagra, Skin Serum or Dr. Dennis Gross, C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Vitamin C Serum to minimise expression lines and minimise dark spots and rough texture. Also ensure you get a daily dose of this super immune booster internally. Good sources of vitamin C include kiwi fruit, citrus, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, capsicum, coriander and parsley. Eat these foods raw or lightly cooked as vitamin C can be destroyed by high heat.
This B vitamin is also known as B7 and helps protect skin cells from water loss, damage and regulates fatty acid metabolism. Think of it as your beauty boost, if you suffer from hair loss, weak nails, dry skin, fatigue or inflammation these are signs that you should implement biotin to your vitamins list. Get a daily dose from egg yolks, beef, liver, salmon, avocado, almonds, walnuts, legumes, whole grains, nutritional yeast, milk and meat. If you have thinning hair, choose a biotin infused natural shampoo like Pura D’Or Original Gold Label Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo.
While it’s technically a hormone, vitamin D is produced when our skin is exposed to ultraviolet B (UV) light from the sun. But that’s not enough, make sure you include fatty fish, cod liver oil, mushrooms, cheese and egg yolks in your diet. It’s not only vital for skin repair, strong bones, new cell growth and immunity, but will also boost your energy and is crucial to your skin health. Try adding it to topically via Zelens, Power D Treatment Drop to give mature skin much needed strength.
Another free radical fighter, this fat soluble vitamin helps to prevent inflammation and is secreted via sebum to help protect the skin’s surface. It’s found in foods such as leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, avocado, almonds, hazelnuts and olive oil. You can get vitamin E from your hair oil too, Areej, Sesame Oil contains it with other hair healthy benefits. It’s also a skin beauty booster. you have any cracks due to irritation, inflammation, overuse of acids or retinols, vitamin E basically heals those cracks to prevent moisture from escaping, keeping your skin hydrated and firm. Great for nail care as well, boost your nail growth with Joviality, Strong and Long Nail Oil for an overnight nail treatment infused with Vitamin E.
This vitamin is an anti-ageing powerhouse that helps to keep the skin healthy and plump. It also protects against heart disease, supports healthy brain function and strong bones and it’s thought to help minimise stretch marks and works on the capillaries in the skin under the eye area and helps to reduce dark circles and puffiness while Increased collagen production from your other vitamins will help to reinforce and thicken the thin skin around the eyes. Find it in lacto-fermented vegetables like carrots, green beans, peppers, radishes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower and pickling cucumbers. Other fermented foods with a good source of calcium and rich in probiotic bacteria is found in miso and kefir. And try an overnight mask with vitamin K like Summer Fridays, Overtime Mask which exfoliates and hydrates for a brighter, more balanced complexion.
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