Retinol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E.
All of the beauty and skincare community have been well indoctrinated by every beauty guru about these great powerhouse vitamins for skin health, and of course for good reason.
They provide brilliant results.
But what about those little-known vitamins hiding within the ingredients list in your jar of moisturizer? Are there any benefits of these vitamins for the skin at all?
Here are 5 (more) vitamins to help keep your skin healthy.
Okay. Just so we’re clear, sulfur is not exactly a vitamin. However, it’s still worth noting on this list because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamins like pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), thiamin, and biotin contain sulfur.
Much like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, thanks to its antimicrobial properties, sulfur helps prevent acne breakouts and other skin conditions. It’s also gentler to the skin.
But that’s not all.
Sulfur has been used by ancient Greeks and Romans in baths for healing skin diseases and relieving muscular and joint pain.
Now that’s one reason to hop into volcanic hot springs!
Choline is an organic water-soluble vitamin-like compound. Scientists have yet to make an agreement as to what choline actually is, though it truly closely resembles that of vitamin B. But whether or not this baby is a legitimate or adoptive part of the B-vitamin family, one thing is for sure:
It does good stuff for the skin.
Choline also takes part in making up new and healthy cells. One study also found that choline has the ability to "detoxify potentially damaging free radicals produced during exercise".
Futurederm published an interview with dermatologist Joshua Zeichner about this. When asked about suggested acne treatments, he mentioned sulfur as one ingredients which have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also known to be gentler on the skin compared to benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, making it a great option for people who have both acne-prone and sensitive skin.
Vitamin what? Who knew there’s such a thing as vitamin P, right? Vitamin P is more commonly known as flavonoids. They are a group of plant-based substances found in tea, citrus fruits, legumes, apples, and berries.
These substances are good sources of age-defying antioxidants which are great vitamins for skin health. Flavonoids are used in skincare for their anti-inflammatory benefits that help to calm redness and irritation on skin.
A study from Oregon State University said that flavonoids are capable of absorbing UVB radiation which can cause premature skin aging. Skin care products containing vitamin P help protect and heal UV-induced inflammation in the skin and reversing its effects to keep skin looking young and glowing. It helps in faster wound healing as well.
Flavonoids also help fortify the skin’s defences against harmful environmental damage, free radicals, and may also help prevent skin cancer.
Folic acid falls in the vitamin B family just like sulfur and choline. You may have heard about this B-vitamin being good for pregnant women, so it should not come as a surprise that it's also used in caring for your skin.
Vitamin B9, as it's also called, is important to keep the integrity and function of DNA.
This vitamin has antioxidant benefits that help keep the skin hydrated by trapping in moisture making skin look naturally healthy and youthful-looking.
Free radicals are present everywhere. It comes from normal metabolic processes in your body. Exposure to x-rays,ozone, cigarette smoking, air pollutants, and industrial chemicals. Once it interacts with the body, it can cause a lot of damage to the skin, proteins and DNA.
Aside from preventing birth defects in pregnant women, folic acid also helps reduce oxidative stress. It fights the effects of free radicals to make sure your skin maintains its healthy youthfulness.
It supports healthy collagen density and production in the skin making it look soft and plump and prevents wrinkles and saggy skin.
Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble substance found in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables and give them their distinctly bright color. Once ingested, it helps in the making of vitamin A, which is important in making sure your skin is in tip top shape.
Beta-carotene has antioxidant benefits which help prevent cell damage caused by exposure to UV light and environmental pollution. So if you want to amp up that glow on your skin, then better start looking for beta-carotene-enriched skincare products.
In skincare products, beta-carotene has the ability to protect and slow down skin aging. Beta carotene may also reduce damage and clear up acne. It can also increase the effectiveness of sunscreen and is perfect for people who have a sensitivity to the sun’s rays.
Some studies also show that beta-carotene can lower the risk of cancer.
Other benefits of this vitamin for the skin include treatment of other skin conditions like psoriasis, dry skin, and eczema and could also treat boils and remove age spots.
Vitamins and minerals are important in maintaining our skin’s health as much as it does our entire body. Although these vitamins are not as well-known as its other brothers and sisters, it doesn’t mean that they’re not as equally important. Without these little-known vitamins, our skin cannot function as well as we want it to. It’s all about balance when it comes to health, after all. Even little ones can make a big difference for your skin.