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Wholesale nutrition: Supplements and your skin

Sure, you knew that vitamins were good for your physical health, but did you know that getting your fill of essential nutrients can be a major beauty-booster as well? Our skin has a way of reflecting what we put inside our bodies, and many people report improved skin tone and a glowing complexion after embracing a comprehensive supplement routine.

Having said that, here are some of the components of the Hydroxatone Daily Essential Vitamin pack as well as how they can work to get your skin in its best shape yet.

Beta-carotene: Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant, which means greater protection against free radicals, the stuff that makes you age faster. What’s more, studies have found that beta-carotene can protect against a very specific kind of oxidant caused by UV radiation, helping to protect the skin against sun-related damage. That doesn’t mean you should replace your sunscreen with beta-carotene supplements, but if you’re wondering, this nutrient has been found to have a mild sunscreen-like effect and can even give you an added glow.

Vitamin A: If you lack adequate vitamin A in your diet, you’re likely to see dry, flaky skin as a result. That’s because vitamin A plays a major role in your skin’s self-repair processes. When applied topically (also known as a retinoid in this form), it can even aid in acne prevention, the fading of brown spots, reduction of fine lines and psoriasis relief. Even if you just stick to the supplements, however, this nutrient is sure to make a major difference in how smooth and healthy your skin appears.

Vitamin C: Studies have shown that people who consume an adequate amount of vitamin C (together with vitamin E) in their diets experience less sunburn-like symptoms after spending time in the sun, according to WebMD. On its own, vitamin C can pack some impressive heat when it comes to eliminating the free radicals that lead to collagen loss (and thus wrinkles), and it can also speed up cell turnover rates and help wounds heal faster.

B vitamins: The B family of vitamins should always be invited to the skincare party. Biotin is an essential building block of skin, hair and nails, and niacin (or B3) is great for its ability to reduce inflammation and discoloration – even reducing symptoms of rosacea – as well as help the skin retain its moisture barrier (and thus look more youthful!). “As that barrier is strengthened, skin is better able to keep moisture in and irritants out – making B3 a great ingredient if your complexion is dry or sensitive,” Leslie S. Baumann, MD, director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute, told MSNBC.

Vitamin E: This might be the most well-known of the skin-friendly vitamins. Vitamin E is a popular topical treatment for scars, dryness, after-sun damage and so much more. But taken as a supplement, vitamin E can also tout major free-radical-fighting properties (it might actually be the biggest heavyweight in this category).

Zinc: Whether you get it via diet or supplement or apply it topically in a cream, zinc can be your best friend in the battle against acne or other skin imperfections (in fact, acne itself can be a symptom of a zinc deficiency). That’s because zinc helps your skin control its oil production, not to mention repair damaged tissues (from acne or whatever else). Chances are you probably already use zinc in your skincare routine, as it’s found in most sunscreens.

While the best way to reap the benefits of these nutrients is through eating a variety of vegetables and fruits, it can’t hurt to supplement with one easy daily multivitamin. One last thing I should mention – there are few nutrients as essential as water to the health of your skin, so be sure you’re getting the recommended eight glasses a day!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.