Vitamins A, C & E for your Skin
Vitamins A, C & E are essential for younger looking skin. Individually the vitamins deliver specific results, and when used together this “awesome threesome” works to combat the signs of sun damage, loss of elastin and collagen and reduce wrinkles.
What to use to curtail the signs of aging skin plagues many of us. Contrary to what you’ve heard a brand name is not nearly as important as the ingredients, the delivery system and potency of active ingredients. Do not be tempted by high-priced fancy department store brands, charming sales girls or gift with purchase sets! Be more focused on the quality of ingredients, than on expensive packaging. In fact, skip the department store all together and head straight to your local esthetician. You will find effective products with more active ingredients there. Estheticians have been trained to recommend products based on your skin type and condition.
Vitamins A, C & E are your skin’s best friends. These antioxidants fix what time and sun exposure have done to your skin. Specifically they work against free radical damage, to bolster skin firmness, thickness and elasticity, and help stop sun damage in it’s tracks. If you are serious about skin health and vitality, these are “must do’s” for your skin.
Vitamin A, also known as a retinol, is the only skin care ingredient FDA approved to soften fine lines and correct hyper-pigmentation (small brown spots.) According to Dr. John Voorhees, Chairman of Dermatology at University of Michigan, “Retinol is the only drug for which there has been a crystal-clear demonstration that it works on the molecular level.” Numerous studies back up these claims.
The American Academy of Dermatology now recommends retinol for some types of acne. You can get it two ways, OTC and by prescription. Most people can tolerate a retinol if taken slowly. It should be applied at night after cleansing and before moisturizer.
Vitamin C is a powerhouse of an antioxidant for your skin. It helps to brighten skin tone, increase collagen, reduce inflammation and more. Keep in mind that vitamin C can deteriorate and eventually becomes ineffective. Look for magnesium ascorbic phosphate (MAP) for the most stable and strongest form of Vitamin C.
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) is a supercharged antioxidant and is considered the most potent oil-soluble antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Vitamin E helps to build elastin fibers, reduce dehydration and improve the appearance of rough, dry and damaged skin.
But wait there’s more! Vitamins C&E work synergistically against free-radicals. The C&E combo are an antioxidant force to be reckoned with to help fight the signs of aging. Its best to apply C&E in the AM along with your SPF.
Keep in mind, beautiful skin does not come from one ingredient or product. The good news is scientists are constantly bringing us new ingredients to help us fight the signs of aging. ACE vitamins should be at the top of your list when caring for your skin.