The ABC of skin care


The ABC of skin care is about protecting your skin from the harmful effects of water, wind and sun.

Healthy beautiful skin is the end result of a well-hydrated skin that is duly protected from the sun damage. And not to forget regular exercise and a balanced diet,  two secrets that pave way for achieving healthy glowing skin.

Due to their antioxidant properties vitamins play a major role in maintaining skin health.

Such as vitamin A, C and E, which if not consumed properly, can lead to dull lifeless skin.

Vitamin A-retinoid  Improves the condition of skin; healthy glow

Derivatives:non prescription-retinol;prescriptional:Retin-A;Accutane

Benefits: helping with skin problems i.e. acne, skin care, stretch marks, eczema, wound healing and more. Vitamin A is the friend of your skin.

 You can put moisture creams on the outside of your skin, but what about the inside? Vitamin A is recommended by dermatologists to keep skin young and smooth.

Sources of vitamin A: beef liver, sweet potatoes, carrots and carrot juice, cantaloupes, watermelon, spinach, broccoli, lettuce and dark leafy greens, winter squash, apricots, asparagus, green beans, yellow corn, eggs, and peas.

Your eyes get the best benefits from vitamin A. If you eyes are always dry, or if you have night vision blindness, you may have a deficiency.

Alcohol may impair the liver’s proper use of vitamin A. The old tale about drinking carrot juice after an evening of bar beverages may have some scientific grounds.

Women who are involved in sports and exercise who may be prone to sprains are interested to learn that Vitamin A supplements have been shown in studies to play a central role in improved healing.

Vitamin B Healthy glow and moisture retention for nerves, skin, eyes, hair… Most importantly, in skin disorders, they provide relief from various skin conditions including rashes and dry and itchy skin.

B2 Riboflavinnecessary for healthy skin and eyes.

 B3niacin –mild exfoliator It maintains the health of our skin, heals wound, dermatitis

B5pantothenic acid-Moisture, alternative to VE(that irritates sensitive skin) hormonal acne tmt 

Also:(Biotin, Cobalamine (B12), Folic Acid (B9), Inocitol,Pyrodoxine (B6), Thiamin (B1).

There are a few things which may lead to the deficiency of vitamin B. It includes consumption of sugar, white flour products, processed foods, alcohol, stress, environmental pollution, illness, malnutrition and inadequate digestion. In dieters, and caffeine and alcohol users, vitamin B is not stored well and is rapidly depleted. This group of vitamins is important for the healthy condition of many organs. It provides healthy skin, bones, hair, and muscles

First of all, we need this vitamin to be healthy overall. Ever heard of scurvy? Well, that’s a disease caused by lack of vitamin C: you get spotty skin, bleeding gums, falling teeth, and that’s just a few of the symptoms!

Vitamin Cascorbic acid

Needed to make collagen. You’re fibroblasts need vitamin C to produce collagen in normal/increased amounts. tones tightens skin, heals wound Needed to protect your skin from free radical damage.

(derivatives are: ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbyl phosphates).

Most derivatives are more stable than the pure form of L-ascorbate vitamin C, however, some derivatives are more potent, while others like ascorbyl palmitate are not nearly as potent.
The problem with vitamin C is:
It’s not very stable in skincare products and You need high concentrations of it to even have a chance to work by actually penetrating your skin.

Vitamin C and it’s derivatives can become oxidized when exposed to air. Not only will this cause it to lose its efficacy, once it is oxidized it can do a backstabbing number on you. It may actually increase the amount of free radicals. Don’t get too concerned with this, just make sure that you are using fresh products. Never use vitamin C containing products that are expired! And if a formula or cream changes color on you, this is NOT a good sign, throw it out ASAP, or, better yet, return it if you can.

Vitamin E-alpha tocopherol Antioxidant that may have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. UV, Repairs dry skin, retains moisture

Sources are almonds, kiwi fruits, and mangoes.

Vitamin E consists of a number of natural compounds, including alpha, beta, delta, and gamma tocopherol. vitamin E commonly called on supplement labels.

  • Protect your skin from ultraviolet light
  • Prevent cell damage from free radicals
  • Allow your cells to communicate effectively

Lack of vitamin E results in dry skin, easy bruising, eczema, psoriasis, PMS, poor wound healing and hot flashes. This important vitamin for our immune process is fat soluble. It is required to have some amount of fat in our diet to help absorb vitamin E.

Vitamin D  antioxidant; anticarcinogen

 Aside from sun exposure, vitamin D supplementation is still a good idea because even with sun exposure we can still be deficient.
You may be wondering what other roles vitamin D plays in maintaining healthy skin. Skin cells, along with the cells of our other major organs, have receptor sites for vitamin D. These sites allow the conversion of vitamin D (via sun exposure) to its active form. Thus far, the most substantiated information pertaining to vitamin D and skin involves its role as a potential treatment for psoriasis and its involvement in the prevention of skin cancers.

If you suffer from psoriasis, you should know that the active form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (also known as calcitriol) can help control the proliferation of skin cells that lead to psoriatic lesions and modulate the immune system’s hyper-response to this disorder. Various topical prescription treatments using vitamin D derivatives are available, but making sure you consume enough vitamin D via diet or supplementation plays a role, too. Vitamin D deficiency, which is actually quite common, can lead to problems with cell growth and differentiation throughout the body, including skin.

 Vitamin K  Prevents and repairs under eye circles

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