Where once we cleansed, toned and moisturised to achieve glowing skin, with new science you can literally feed your face with vitamin-infused foods and products.
The good news is foods and vitamin-infused skincare products provide evidence-based results for glowing skins – and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
From vitamin A (that is a potent anti-ageing agent) to vitamin C, known as the ‘breakfast cereal of skincare’ to the healing force of Vitamin E, which acts like a shield against damaging free radicals, vitamin-enriched food and skincare contains a lot more than meets the eye.
For the ultimate in anti-ageing or healing skin that is prone to acne, Vitamin A is the answer, known in its purest form as retinol. This hardworking vitamin helps to speed up cell turnover, plumping the skins and providing a brighter, more glowing complexion. As well, Vitamin A helps improve hyper-pigmentation, acne, large pores, lines and wrinkles.
Foods: Rich in Vitamin A are oranges and yellow vegetables and fruits, including sweet potatoes, oranges, yellow bell peppers, plus green leafy vegetables.
Products: High potency retinol available by prescription from your doctor.
Vitamin B3 and B12
Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide, is effective in calming and hydrating skin as well as preventing and treating hyper-pigmentation by slowing down melanin to the skin’s surface. When Vitamin B12 is absorbed into the skin, it boosts metabolism in the skin cells helping to speed up cell recovery and regeneration.
Foods: Dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, meat and eggs.
Products: ESK Vitamin B Calm, $85, www.eskcare.com
Vitamin C’s ability to protect and strengthen the skin is second to none and as such, it should be included in everyone’s skincare regime, from teens to those looking for anti-ageing benefits.
Foods: Avocados, mangoes, berries, watermelon and pineapple
Products: Byron Bay’s BR Biologi, Organic Rosehip Oil, $28, www.biologi.com.au
Vitamin E is incredibly effective, especially for those who have ultra-dry and sensitive skin, but it’s also one of the best antioxidants out there. Vitamin E acts like an armour against those free radicals that embed themselves in your skin and can strip away your youthful glow.
Foods: Fatty fish such as salmon, seeds and nuts, plus vegetable oils such as olive oil.
Products: Invite E Vitamin E Oil 30 ml, RRP $18, available at most good pharmacies.