The most essential beauty vitamins
Vitamins have an important effect on the wellbeing of your skin, hair and nails. The most important beauty vitamins are:
- Vitamin A is needed for cell growth and maintaining the wellbeing of the skin’s health. Retinol, which is a form of vitamin A, is beneficial for acne and aging skin.
- Vitamin B helps to maintain skin’s moisture balance and to soothe irritated skin. Biotin, a form of vitamin B, is also important for skin, hair and nails. The lack of biotin can lead to thinning hair, acne and psoriasis.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which supports the formation of collagen and protects the cells and proteins from oxidative stress.
- Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant which protects the skin from external and internal oxidative stress.
Omega fatty acids nurture the skin, hair and nails
Like vitamins, omega fatty acids also affect the skin when used both externally and internally. The most important fatty acids affecting your beauty are:
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), omega 3 fatty acid found in fish
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), omega 3 fatty acid found in fish
- Gamma linoleic acid (GLA), omega 6 fatty acid found for example in evening primrose oil
- Oleic acid (OL), an omega 9 fatty acid found in olives
- Palmitoleic acid (PA), an omega 7 fatty acid found in sea-buckthorn
- Linolenic acid (LA), an essential omega 6 fatty acid which the body cannot produce and which needs to be acquired from diet or supplements
- Alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega 3 fatty acid which the body cannot produce and which needs to be acquired from diet or supplements
Remember also zinc and collagen in your internal beauty care
Zinc is an essential mineral for a human being, contributing to the function of the immune system and the thyroid. It also maintains the normal function of skin, bones, hair and nails. It is also used to treat acne.
Collagen can nowadays be found in many supplements and skincare products. Collagen is a protein in connective tissue virtually everywhere in the body – about 70 % of the skin is collagen. Collagen is needed for the wellbeing of skin, ligaments and hair. The ability of the body to produce collagen starts to decline at 25 years of age, eventually ending at the age of 40. This can be seen as wrinkles and lost elasticity of the skin. The intake of collagen can be ensured with supplements.