Vitamins are everywhere, in all skincare products and it can be a little tricky finding what’s right for you. I’ve listed the main vitamins, the benefits and suitability.
Vitamin A aka Retinol
Retinol stimulates the production of new skin cells, which helps keep our skin from becoming overly dry. Retinol is also known to stimulate collagen production which reduces wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and helps even skin tone. Additionally, retinol has anti-inflammatory properties that can control and treat acne by reducing how often pores are clogged.
Retinoids can cause the skin to become sensitive to sun exposure due to the growth of new skin cells. It is best to use Vitamin A skincare products before bed and be sure to use SPF (avoid using SPF that contains retinoids) the following day.
The other antioxidant we tend to hear less about, just like vitamin c, vitamin b is also an antioxidant and helps with signs of ageing. Now there are different types of vitamin B (B1-B12) when it comes to skincare products the main two are B3 and B5.
Vitamin B3 aka niacin/niacinamide – Has anti-inflammatory properties which protect skin from ageing and helps strengthen our skins natural barrier. As well as improving barrier functions, B3 increased cell protection and life.
This vitamin would be great for those who suffer from rosacea, acne, and redness of the skin, It also helps improve tone and texture.
Vitamin B5 aka panthenol/pantothenic acid – One of the best vitamins when it comes to moisturising, great for both skin and hair. Not only does this vitamin moisturise it actually heals damaged or broken skin and regulates sebum. Perfect for dry and dull skin and for treating acne.
An antioxidant which protects the skin against pollution and sun exposure. This vitamin has a wide range of benefits from reversing sun damage to brightening the complexion and is suitable for most skin types. Vitamin c also helps with hyperpigmentation and collagen production.
Ideal for most skin concerns and best for the morning to protect against sun exposure throughout the day (apply SPF after using vitamin c).
Vitamin e like vitamin c is another antioxidant which is great for combating sun exposure. Additionally, vitamin e has moisturising and healing properties, which makes it great for those who suffer from dry skin.
Vitamin e and vitamin c are an awesome combo, however for those that have sensitive skin vitamin e may cause irritation, try moisturisers which are less potent compared to serums and oils. It can also cause breakouts for those that are acne-prone and have very oily skin.
Hyaluronic Acid aka HA
HA’s are naturally found in our skins, they hold water which keeps our skin hydrated and looking plump. As we get older the amount of naturally occurring HA’s in our skin decline. Using HA’s in our skincare routine can help our skin appear dewier and younger as it improves elasticity.
Hyaluronic acid works well with peels, retinol’s, vitamins and most other acids, which makes it really easy to incorporate into your skincare routine.
Still not sure what vitamins suit you, comment below and I’ll be happy to help.