Do you use beauty products, such as face creams, that contain vitamin C or vitamin E? The reason these nutrients are featured in many skin and facial care products is because they’re very good for your skin. In this article, we go over the benefits of adding vitamins to your beauty routine and help you figure out which vitamins are best for your needs!
Vitamins in face creams
It’s often said that, to maintain healthy skin, establishing a good beauty routine is key. This is even truer during extreme weather. In the colder months, you need to protect your skin from winter dryness and irritation, and in summer, against UV damage.
Incorporating vitamin-rich products into your beauty routine is just another way to care for your skin. Looking to brighten your complexion, reduce redness, treat hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines, or banish dryness? Vitamins can help! By choosing vitamin-rich products, you can give your skin a boost without completely changing your skincare routine. You’ll love it, and your skin will thank you!
How vitamins can benefit your skin
Here’s an overview of the different vitamins found in face and body care products.
Vitamin A: The anti-aging vitamin
Have you heard of retinol? This vitamin A derivative is often found in face serums and eye creams. Used daily, retinol helps rejuvenate your skin and fights the signs of aging by helping to promote cell turnover. Experts say this product significantly reduces signs of aging such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation; it also has a smoothing effect and helps restore your skin’s elasticity. For this reason, vitamin A is a key ingredient you can use either to prevent or treat the signs of aging. People of all ages stand to benefit from it!
Main benefits of vitamin A:
- Helps combat the signs of skin aging
- Restores the skin’s elasticity
- Reduces wrinkles and hyperpigmentation
- Smooths the texture of the skin
Vitamin B3: The soothing vitamin
Known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, vitamin B3 is also very popular. Also known as niacinamide (a vitamin B3 derivative), it brightens the complexion and evens out skin tone. Adding products that contain niacinamide to your beauty routine can help fade acne marks and scars, prevent hyperpigmentation, and improve your skin barrier. Many anti-aging serums, moisturizing lotions, and repair serums contain this ingredient.
Main benefits of vitamin B3:
- Soothes the skin
- Evens out complexion
- Prevents hyperpigmentation
- Strengthens the skin barrier
- Reduces acne scars
Vitamin B5: The moisturizing vitamin
Do you feel like no matter what you do, your skin is always dry? Vitamin B5 may be just what you need! This ultra-hydrating ingredient is one of your best allies when it comes to retaining moisture and keeping your skin hydrated. Products that claim to be “ultra-hydrating” often contain pantothenic acid, a form of vitamin B5. This acid also helps with cell turnover and skin regeneration, which has the added benefit of healing stubborn acne scars. Similarly, this vitamin helps with sebum regulation, making it a great choice for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin.
Main benefits of vitamin B5:
- Restores healthy skin hydration
- Promotes cell turnover
- Regulates sebum levels
Vitamin C: The brightening vitamin
Vitamin C to the rescue! This popular multipurpose ingredient is a godsend for dull skin. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C has numerous benefits and is the star ingredient in many serums and day creams. On the one hand, vitamin C brightens your skin and evens out your complexion, all while promoting the synthesis of collagen—an essential molecule and one of the primary building blocks of our skin, bones, and cartilage. On the other hand, it cancels out the effects of free radicals—molecules that form on the surface of the skin due to external elements such as UV rays, chemical pollution, stress, and cigarette smoke. These molecules affect the health of our skin, accelerate the natural aging process, and cause a number of other unwanted effects that vitamin C helps neutralize.
Main benefits of vitamin C:
- Smooths and brightens the complexion
- Neutralizes the effects of free radicals
- Promotes collagen synthesis
Vitamin E: The restorative vitamin
A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is great for treating sunburns, painful acne lesions, dermatitis, eczema, redness, or irritation. This soothing ingredient helps scars heal faster, namely due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E also has restorative properties that make it a great addition to after-sun products, so make sure to keep some on hand during the summer months! Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E helps reduce the harmful effects of free radicals.
Main benefits of vitamin E:
- Helps repair sun damage
- Promotes skin healing
- Neutralizes the unwanted effects of free radicals
Which vitamin is best for your skin type?
So many products contain vitamins, making it hard to know which one to choose. It mainly depends on your skin type and specific needs.
- If your goal is to slow down the signs of aging, you should choose a serum containing vitamin A (retinol) or vitamin C.
- If you’re dealing with dry skin and need more moisture, a vitamin B5-based serum is more likely to be what you’re looking for.
- If you’re about to vacation somewhere warm, don’t forget to pack an after-sun lotion containing vitamin E to protect your skin from sun damage.
- If you’re concerned that your skin is looking a little dull, a face cream containing vitamin C could be a great addition to your skincare routine.
How well do you know your skin?
Before you try any new vitamin-containing product, make sure you know your skin type and what’s likely to make it react.
Last updated on February 8, 2023
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