We are all aware of the benefits that vitamins bring to our bodies. They need to be consumed in appropriate doses to be more effective and help in maintaining our immune system, strengthening our bones, reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and high cholesterol levels, and much more.
When we have a high-quality diet, whether it’s by cooking our own food or choosing healthy restaurant meals, it’s usually possible to get enough vitamins just through the food we eat. If you don’t have enough time or energy, however, you can also turn to a vitamin supplement. But you should know that artificial vitamins are not as effective as natural options.
In this article, we are going to talk about the benefits that vitamins bring to our skin.
It is important to pay attention to the health of the skin. There are many ways in which we can keep our skin healthy, such as getting enough sleep, exercising on a regular basis, drinking water, etc. It is also important to wear sunscreen, which helps in protecting the skin from dangerous levels of ultraviolet sun rays.
Even though it’s not a vitamin, another important thing that people use to beautify their skin is activated charcoal, as it is also quite effective in getting rid of the toxins in the body. It can be found in pharmacies and stores that sell healthy foods, and can even be made at home. It is simply applied as a face mask.
But let’s get back to vitamins. One of the most important factors in maintaining healthy skin is consuming the proper vitamins and micronutrients. Many vitamins and antioxidants can help in accomplishing this goal, and the most effective ones are vitamins: A, C, E, D, K, B3, B5, folic acid, and choline.
- Vitamin A is found in foods such as carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, mangoes, beef, eggs, and dairy products. This vitamin is known as the most important for skin health, and although there are positive effects from these vitamins, consuming more than needed can cause skin irritation.
- Vitamin C is considered important for skincare, as well as being one of the most important for health in general. It can be found in citrus, some peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, and many other greens. Vitamin C produces collagen, which helps in keeping the skin firm.
- Vitamin E is the one making the skin beautiful. This is an oil-soluble vitamin and it protects the skin from damage. It can also help get rid of skin diseases such as acne. It can be found in many foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and of course, in fruits and vegetables.
- Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine” vitamin because it is primarily produced by exposing from sun exposure. Breakfast cereals, milk, mushrooms, fish, and eggs are sources of this vitamin, which is the biggest “fighter” in skin infections.
- Vitamin K is the vitamin that helps in healing wounds and bruises since it helps in the coagulation of blood after an injury. It is also quite helpful in getting rid of stretch marks, scars, dark circles, etc. Cabbage, liver, kale, and milk are the foods that contain this vitamin the most.
- Vitamin B5 is responsible for skin hydration. It also goes by the name of pantothenic acid and panthenol. The main characteristic of this vitamin is that it prevents loss of water and can be found in different kinds of foods such as grains, avocado, and chicken.
- Folic acid is one of the most important things that pregnant women should consume, as it is important in creating new cells. Folic acid has another important role – it helps in skin health and appearance. It can be found in spinach, nuts and beans, and also breads, pastas, and cereals, which are known as fortified foods.
- Choline can be found in eggs, peanuts, and milk, and is also produced in our bodies. It helps in the normal functioning of the brain, and also has a role in the membranes of the skin cells.
We can conclude that skin health plays a big role in our overall well-being since having strong and healthy skin protects our bodies from external infections and possible damages to bones, muscles, and internal organs.
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