We all want nice skin, but it can be hard to keep our skin looking its best all year round. This is because so many factors can impact how your skin looks. Pollution, diet, skincare routine, weather, and many other things can add up to create the face you see in the mirror. So if that image looking back at you isn’t quite what you hoped for, don’t worry. As always, we’re here to help.
We know what it’s like the winter made your skin dry, and you possibly overindulged a bit. Then spring came, and the temperature fluctuations didn’t favour your skin. Plus, who can forget Easter eggs? They never help. Now we’re heading towards the summer, and you want your skin to be looking its best for that holiday. So, without further ado, below are some vitamins and supplements that can help restore your skin to its best.
Yes, we know it always seems to crop up. What can we say? Vitamin C is just that good. Vitamin C contributes to collagen formation, the building blocks of your skin, which help your skin stay looking young and healthy. Our collagen stores begin to reduce as we age, so any chance to assist the formation of collagen is worth it in our book. Finally, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which can help protect against free radicals.
Sources include oranges, broccoli, spinach, potatoes and many other fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin D is essential for a range of health factors, including supporting our bones, immune system, muscles, and, you guessed it, our skin. Exposure to sunlight is the easiest way to get your fix of vitamin D, yet on cloudy and dark days, that could be easier said than done. Therefore, the government recommends we all take a vitamin D supplement during the darker autumn and winter months. During the warmer months, you should be able to get your daily dose of vitamin D by spending some time outdoors. However, during winter months or days when you’re likely to be inside, it’s worth supplementing. Your skin and body will appreciate it.
Sources include sun exposure, fortified foods, salmon and tuna.
Another potent antioxidant, vitamin E, protects cells against oxidative stress and helps protect your skin. Yes, this wonder vitamin can help protect against ageing and wrinkles and improve the skin’s overall appearance.
Sources include olive oil, spinach, seeds and nuts,
Iodine helps create thyroid hormones that support our metabolism, repair cells, and control growth. Those with low iodine levels may suffer from dry skin as thyroid hormones are believed to help skin regenerate.
Sources include shellfish and fish.
As we mentioned earlier, collagen is the foundation of our skin, helping it repair and heal. However, as we age, our collagen levels deplete, leading to fine lines, dullness and overall signs of ageing. By keeping our collagen levels topped up, our skin can look smoother, firmer and have a more youthful complexion.
Sources include wild-caught fish and supplements such as SkinGlo.