It’s a sad fact that our skin begins the ageing process from the moment we are born. Unstable molecules, otherwise known as free radicals, start destroying connective tissues, elastin and collagen… and this destruction process leaves our skin dry, saggy and looking older than we want.
We all want younger, healthier skin – and vitamins can help us achieve a youthful complexion. Antioxidants such as Carotene, minerals like selenium and Vitamins A, C and E are all essential for your anti-ageing routine. Found naturally in many fruits, vegetables and oils they can also be found in good quality natural skincare products.
What causes our skin to age?
Two of the main reasons why our skin ages are a lack of vitamins and the damage inflicted from free radicals. Free radicals are, in part, are spawned by environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke etc.
Why vitamins are essential
Antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C neutralise free radicals, binding them together before they can cause damage to cellular repair. If you want to slow or halt this ageing process, you need to include them in your anti-ageing skincare routine. Providing an extra level of protection to our skin, vitamins supply our skin with additional help in correcting and renewing the upper levels of our dermis.
Look for the natural antioxidants
To increase the vitamin intake in your skin, look for skincare that contains Rosemary and Sage as they are highly active natural antioxidants. Other antioxidants include:
Vitamin A (Retinol Palmitate) increases blood flow to your skin, counteracts inflammations and protects cell membranes. Vitamin A is ideal for dry, ageing and lifeless skin. It is also great for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and is commonly used in good quality anti-wrinkle creams.
Vitamin C, naturally found in fruit such as oranges assists in collagen formation. It also boosts your skins natural antioxidant protection – however, our body cannot store it, so we need to add it to our skin daily to truly benefit from it. Look for serums that contain Vitamin C and apply regularly to your skin. An additional benefit of Vitamin C is its ability to help naturally lighten your skin.
Vitamin e (Tocopheral) protects your skin against the side effects of radiology, exposure to sunlight or heat and UV rays; which reduce elasticity and create wrinkles. Vitamin E also assists in increasing the rate of skin growth as well as your circulation. Good quality anti-wrinkle protection (such as our own anti-ageing range) will consist of food grade Vitamin E.
Now you know how important vitamins are to your skin and the anti-ageing process, how many products do you already own that have essential vitamins in them? Were you surprised by your results? What one step can you do to increase those vitamins? Why not share your thoughts and opinions by clicking on the comments section above this post?
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