Vitamins: not just that thing you’re supposed to take in the morning but never quite remember! Vitamins not only make sure your body is working at its best, but vitamins and skincare go hand in hand. Now, there are plenty of vitamins that are going to give your body a boost, and a healthy balanced diet can get you well on your way. But when it comes to your skin, it often needs a helping hand with some vitamin-packed products. We’re going to break down the four best vitamins for skin.
An A+ skincare routine isn’t complete without vitamin A. It is a crowd favourite amongst dermatologists due to its regenerative properties. It can be split into two categories: retinoids and carotenoids, but both are converted to retinol - an ingredient you’re probably more familiar with. The skin is a retinoid-responsive organ which means it can easily absorb vitamin A if applied topically, so you can fully reap all of those benefits.
If you’re not well and truly a member of the vitamin A fan club, you’re missing out. It can stop acne in its tracks by acting as an exfoliant that sloughs off dead skin cells and unclogs pores. It also stimulates collagen production to reduce fine lines, speeds up skin cell turnover to reveal healthier skin, plus has the bonus of antioxidant properties. Phew, now that’s what we call a show-off!
Alright, let’s talk giving your routine a vitamin A boost. Like we said, retinoids are a form of vitamin A so retinol products are going to be your first port of call. It just so happens that our range of encapsulated retinol is the perfect hit of vitamin A. The retinol is enclosed in tiny capsules which allows the active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin layer before being activated.
Our range comes in four levels of concentration which you can find more about here. Always start with our lowest level and just a couple of drops once a day to work your way up. Congratulations, you’re officially a member of the vitamin A fan club - we have t-shirts (okay we don’t, but we totally should).
Much like Snoop Dogg, vitamin B3 has had many names in its life, but when it comes to skincare, you’ll likely see it called Niacinamide (or Niacin). It is an incredibly restorative vitamin that can bring even the most tired skin back from the brink. Our bodies can’t actually produce niacin so applying it topically is crucial.
One of Niacinamide’s key benefits is its ability to smooth the skin’s texture. This means it can reduce the depth of wrinkles (major yes) and help to keep acne at bay, especially because it also regulates oil production.
It also helps your skin to retain moisture so if you’re on the dehydrated side, it will change your life. Plus, Niacin is like a meditation session for the skin; it is uber calming so will keep redness and sensitivity in check.
So basically, vitamin B3 is like the queen B-eyonce, there’s not much it can’t do!
To give your skin a shot of Niacinamide, our Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum has you totally covered. It fights dehydration to help plump skin, minimise lines, and boost radiance. It is our go-to for skin repair, restoration and to regulate oil flow.
Did anyone else get told as a kid to eat their carrots because the vitamin C would help them see in the dark? Just us? Okay…
Whether that is true or not, what is true is that vitamin C can have enormous benefits for the skin. Board certified dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, says it is “ a potent antioxidant… vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.” This means it helps to stimulate collagen production to keep your skin gorgeous and plump. If years in the sun are showing on your skin, vitamin C can lift hyperpigmentation (well, that and wearing sunscreen daily). It is basically an anti-aging magician.
Vitamin C is another one of those vitamins that our bodies can’t store, so incorporating it into our diets and skincare is going to make a world of difference. Our Pomegranate Brightening Serum is packed with pomegranate (of course) and Kakadu Plum extract, which has one of the world’s highest levels of Vitamin C and is superb for skin brightening.
Want a double dose of antioxidant protection? Our Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen will not only keep the sun’s harmful rays off you, but the vitamin C in the carrot root oil and cucumber will fade those sun spots.
Calling all of you with dry skin. Yes, you! Vitamin E is your nourishing and soothing superhero. It helps to seal in moisture and smooth the skin, so you can say “see ya” to dry patches. It can calm inflammation and give you some of those sweet, sweet anti-aging benefits. In skincare, you’ll often see vitamin E come in the form of shea butter.
So if dry skin is causing you stress, let vitamin E get you on the right track. Luckily, we have heaps of products packed with the good stuff. Firstly, our Hydrating and Nourishing Acai Duo contains vitamin E-rich seaweed extract to keep your skin super hydrated. Then embrace your extra side with our 24K Gold Nourishing Oil, and when you need a ‘treat yourself’ moment, reach for the Ultra Nourishing Booster Mask that embraces the power of shea butter.
So, now that you’ve got the vitamins in your skincare down pat, we’ve written about how to glow from the inside out thanks to the foods you eat which you can catch up on here.
Want to know more about the vitamins you should be looking for for your skin? Chat to our skincare experts on our website!