Your skincare products are probably packed with vitamins that maximize a glowing complexion. But are those same vitamins part of your diet? Long-lasting beauty comes from both inside and out. Vitamins–in skincare and supplements–can complement each other and support a natural radiance that’s the picture of good health.
Using Vitamins in Skincare
You should take advantage of the power of vitamins, in your products and in skincare supplements. Skincare products that contain vitamins that nourish and condition your complexion, so it looks its best. Different vitamins provide different benefits, so you can choose products that target specific concerns to achieve optimal results.
Here are some of the most commonly used skincare vitamins:
Vitamin A is one of the most powerful anti-aging vitamins; in fact, it was the first vitamin to earn this designation from the Food and Drug Administration. It’s renowned as a retinoid, a group that includes retinol and retinyl palmitate. Retinoids have long been used in prescription and over-the-counter creams for anti-aging–this vitamin encourages cellular production and turnover, so skin looks youthful and refreshed, with diminished signs of wrinkles or age spots. Retinoids are also frequently used to improve skin issues such as acne and psoriasis.
Additionally, vitamin A can minimize transepidermal water loss, support the skin’s protective moisture barrier, and limit damage to collagen, the protein that keeps your complexion firm and supple. However, you need to maintain a consistent vitamin A-based skincare routine to continue seeing results.
If you want to be more proactive against wrinkles and other forms of skin damage, then vitamin C is one of the best vitamins in your skincare routine. It stimulates collagen production for improved skin tone and texture. Just as important, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, so it helps prevent the damage caused by oxidative stress triggered by exposure to free radicals in the environment, such as UV rays or pollution. Studies show vitamin C can improve the appearance of saggy skin, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and rough, dry skin.
L-ascorbic acid is one of the most common forms of vitamin C used in skincare, but you may see other kinds on your product ingredient labels, such as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl-6-palmitate. If you choose a cream or serum with L-ascorbic acid, make sure it’s in a dark bottle because this form of vitamin C is unstable when exposed to light or heat.
Like vitamin C, vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps protect against free radical damage. (That’s one reason why both vitamins are often included in skincare formulations; vitamins C and E make a great team.) Also called tocopherol, vitamin E hydrates skin, so it feels soft and smooth. It may also have anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and reduce redness.
Best Supplements for Younger Skin
If you’re already using vitamin-based topical products, then you may be ready to add skincare supplements to the mix. The best supplements for younger skin should:
- Contain anti-aging vitamins and other complementary ingredients such as probiotics and amino acid proteins
- Use proven, clinically tested ingredients
- Should dissolve well in water for easy consumption and digestion
- Be formulated with clean actives designed to support your health and well-being
Concerns with Skincare Supplements
As with any kind of supplement, you should consult with your doctor before taking any skincare supplement, especially if you are on medication or have a medical issue. Follow the instructions carefully for optimal results.
Augustinus Bader: The Skin
The Skin supplement is our version of ingestible skincare. Designed to revitalize your skin by re-energizing your cells, The Skin:
- Improves elasticity by supporting collagen production
- Minimizes the appearance of lines, uneven tone and texture, and wrinkles
- Hydrates skin while preventing transepidermal water loss
- Nourishes skin to promote optimal renewal
- Supports overall skin health
- Detoxes skin to purify it while also protecting against free radicals
Like all our products, The Skin is grounded in innovative technology. The patent-pending ERC8 combines prebiotics, probiotics, botanical extracts, vitamins, and minerals, all of the highest quality. ERC8 supports the natural detoxification of the skin cells’ dysfunctional mitochondria, a process referred to as cell mitophagy. Your skin looks rejuvenated, with the signs of aging diminished.
The Skin is simple to integrate into your daily routine. This powder can be added to a smoothie, juice, or even yogurt (avoid ice cold water or hot drinks like coffee or tea). We recommend taking The Skin regularly for best results; you’ll typically see noticeable changes after a minimum of three months.
While you are supporting your skin from the inside, nourish it from the outside with The Essence,The Rich Cream, and our other facecare products for a true 360-degree approach to beautiful, healthy-looking skin.