No matter what creams and ointments you apply on your face, if you don’t follow a
nutritious diet filled with vitamins and minerals, then you won’t get that elusive
fresh youthful glow that shows good health. The key is to take in enough vitamins
and use skin care products that contain vitamins as well.
Make sure you get enough Vitamin C and E, since these vitamins help reduce damage
that is caused by free radicals, which is a harmful by-product of smoke, sunlight
and pollution. The problem with free radicals is that they take away the elastin
and collagen in your skin, which are the fibers that support your skin structure.
The lack of elastin and collagen can cause wrinkles and other usual signs of aging.
When you use a lotion containing these two vitamins, you will be highly protected
against sun damage according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This doesn’t
mean though that you should take a lot of vitamins, lather on lotion and then safely
bake under the sun. There is an indisputable link between tanning and the increased
risk of skin cancer which you cannot ignore.
In order to have sufficient Vitamin C in your diet, eat citrus fruits such as lemons
or oranges, and eat vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, leafy greens and cauliflowers.
You can also choose to take vitamin C supplements (maximum of 1000 milligrams per
You can also use a topical vitamin C cream in order to encourage the production of
collagen in your skin. Find a formulation that contains L-ascorbic acid, which is
the only form of vitamin C that can penetrate the skin.
You can get your vitamin E from nuts, olives, vegetable oils, spinach, seeds and
asparagus. Since it may be difficult to meet your daily recommended dose of vitamin
E, you can take a supplement instead. If you have rough and dry skin, use lotions
or creams containing vitamin E since this can nourish and deeply moisturize your
Vitamin A is important for healthy skin. If you have a dry, flaky complexion, this
could be caused by vitamin A deficiency. Carrots and pumpkins are rich in vitamin
A, so make sure you incorporate these into your diet. You can also use a topical
vitamin A formula to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and acne.
According to studies, if you already take a multivitamin, then you’re probably getting
sufficient minerals to keep your skin healthy.
One of the important minerals that play an important role in preventing skin cancer
is selenium. When used in a cream, it can protect the skin from sun damage. The best
sources of selenium include seafood, whole-grain cereals, garlic and eggs.
Another important mineral for healthy skin is copper. Along with vitamin C and zinc,
copper helps the development of elastin, which is the fiber that supports your skin
structure from underneath. You can use creams that contain copper in order to have
firmer, more elastic skin. It also minimizes wrinkling and over-all photo damage.