Which Vitamins Are Best for the Skin?

Vitamins have the potential to improve your skin health, but which ones are best?

You know you need vitamins on a regular basis as part of your diet, but did you know that certain types of vitamins can improve the quality of your skin when applied directly as well?

What Are Vitamins?

Vitamins are organic compounds that function as nutrients in the body. While your body can produce some vitamins on its own, some “essential” vitamins must be consumed in your food to meet your daily nutritional needs. Vitamins are used in the maintenance and regeneration of your skin cells, as well as certain functions (like metabolism) that can affect your skin’s health and appearance. You can consume vitamins in your food and in supplements to benefit from them, but many can also be applied topically or generated in other ways.

The Best Vitamins for Skincare

Let’s look at some of the most important vitamins for healthy skin:

  • Vitamin C. Vitamin C is found throughout the epidermis and the dermis, the outer and inner layers of skin, respectively, so keeping your vitamin C levels high is necessary for healthy skin. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, and plays a role in collagen generation—which can keep your skin healthy.
  • Vitamin E. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant, but it has another interesting effect; it’s photoprotective, which means it has the ability to absorb some harmful UV radiation from the sun (though you shouldn’t use it as a substitute for sunscreen). It also has a moisturizing effect in the right balance.
  • Vitamin B complex. B-complex vitamins, which fall under the umbrella of “vitamin B,” are often used to treat and/or prevent conditions like rosacea, acne, and eczema.
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps maintain healthy cells throughout your body, and you can produce it naturally in the presence of sunlight—just don’t forget the sunscreen.

If you’re in need of a better moisturizer, with plenty of vitamins to boost the appearance and health of your skin, try our Day Moisturizer! It includes Hyaluronic acid, which reduces the appearance of fine lines, as well as vitamins E, C, B3, B5, and B6.

The 5 Best Tips for Improving Dry Skin

Dry skin is irritating, and can lead to problems, but there are effective ways to remedy it.

If you’ve ever experienced dry skin firsthand, you know how irritating and stressful it can be. You might have flaky skin, you might feel itchy, and in some cases, your skin will look and feel downright unhealthy. Fortunately, there are some surefire strategies that can keep your skin in healthy, moist condition.

How to Improve Dry Skin

These are some of the best ways to keep your skin moist:

  • 1. Use warm water when bathing, but keep bathing short. Warm water is ideal for keeping your pores clean; excessively hot water or cold water can be harsh for your skin, ultimately drying it out. Also, don’t spend too much time in the bath or shower; a prolonged soak could end up leaving your skin dry.
  • 2. Be mindful of soaps. Not all soaps are good for your skin. Cheap, harsh soaps tend to dry out your skin by removing the natural oils your skin produces. Instead, invest in better-quality soaps with built-in moisturizers, or those based on gels, for a gentler experience.
  • 3. Apply moisturizer—especially after bathing. It’s an obvious tip, but an important one—remember to moisturize your skin. A good moisturizer, with plenty of vitamins and ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, will penetrate your skin and prevent water from escaping. This is especially important to apply after a bath or shower.
  • 4. Buy a humidifier. Dry skin is sometimes a result of being in a dry environment. You can make your environment better with the help of a humidifier.
  • 5. Use better fabrics and keep them clean. Rely on natural fibers like cotton and silk, rather than artificial ones like polyester—and make sure to keep your clothes and bedding clean.

If you’ve tried all these strategies and you’re still having issues, it may be time to see a professional dermatologist. In the meantime, make sure to try our signature Day Moisturizer—featuring Hyaluronic Acid and a blend of vitamins necessary for your skin to stay in perfect condition.

How to Improve Clogged Pores

Clogged pores are a nuisance, but there are some easy and cost-effective solutions.

Your skin is covered in tiny pores, which serve as openings for releasing oil and sweat. When working properly they’re great for your skin—but periodically, your pores may become clogged. For better skin health, it’s a good idea to clear your pores regularly, or prevent them from being clogged in the first place.

How can you do this?

How Pores Get Clogged

First, let’s talk about why pores get clogged. There are several mechanisms that could result in clogged pores; for example, you might be exposed to dirt, dust, and toxins throughout your daily life. These particles can get trapped in your pores, preventing them from functioning properly. They can also get clogged by your own dead skin cells.

When clogged, your pores can develop acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. Even if they don’t, they can give your skin a dull complexion—and/or a grimy feel.

Preventing Clogged Pores

One of your best strategies is preventing clogged pores when you can. Avoid environmental pollution, keep your face clean, and make sure you have a warm shower or bath on a regular basis. It’s also important to change your pillow cases regularly, as they can accumulate dirt, dust, and debris.

Removing Clogged Pores

If your pores are already clogged, or if your preventative measures aren’t doing enough to keep your skin clear, there are a few ways to remove those clogs. The simplest measure is to use a hot damp cloth or a hot shower to open your pores and gently cleanse them. But for many people, this isn’t enough.

Instead, consider using an activated charcoal Clay Mask. Activated charcoal is a porous material that binds to and removes the particles clogging your pores. After applying and waiting just a few minutes, your skin will look naturally healthier—and you’ll be far less likely to experience acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.

Try our signature Clay Mask today for a revitalizing face mask experience unlike any other! For best results, apply it two to three times per week.

How Does Activated Charcoal Improve Skin?

Activated charcoal has the power to rejuvenate skin, but how?

You might have heard of activated charcoal being included in beauty products like masks, supplements, and even teeth whiteners—but what exactly is it, and how does it improve your skin?

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Let’s start by defining what activated charcoal is. You’re already aware of charcoal, the lumpy black material you use for barbecuing. Activated charcoal, also called activated charcoal, is “activated” by the addition of oxygen, which makes the charcoal more porous, with more surface area—and notably, absorptive properties, almost like a sponge.

This capacity for absorption is what makes activated charcoal ideal for water purification and tank filtering systems, but what makes it good for your skin?

Activated Charcoal in Face Masks

One of the most popular modern uses for activated charcoal is as an ingredient in facial masks—like our Clay Mask, with detoxifying and nourishing effects.

So how does it work?

Our skin is full of tiny pores, and throughout our daily lives, those pores become clogged with dust, dirt, grime, and toxins from our environment. With clogged pores, your complexion suffers, your skin is more prone to breakouts, you’re more likely to sustain damage, and your face feels downright grimy.

The activated carbon in a face mask actively binds with these dirt particles and toxins, pulling them out of your pores like a magnet. Ultimately, this makes your pores smaller and less visible, reduces your chances of pimples and blackheads, and leaves your skin feeling healthier and fresh.

Additionally, activated charcoal is great for balancing your oily skin. Our skin naturally produces oil, and needs oil to be healthy—but too much oil can be a bad thing, resulting in acne and general discomfort. Activated charcoal, when used sparingly, can reduce the excess oil on your skin, leaving it feeling neither oily nor dry, but “just right.” Some people even use it as a form of spot treatment, focusing only on one part of your skin.

If you’re interested in using the power of activated charcoal for your own face and skin, try one of our Clay Masks today! With activated charcoal, lecithin, and multiple types of clay, it’s the perfect solution for oily skin and clogged pores.

7 Tips for Using a Clay Mask

Clay masks can remove your clogged pores and improve your skin, but how?

Clay Masks rely on a combination of activated charcoal and various types of clay to penetrate the pores of your skin, cleanse them of clogs, and leave your skin feeling healthier, cleaner, and more refreshed. It’s an ideal tool for people suffering from acne, whiteheads, or blackheads, people with excessive oily skin, and people simply interested in improving the health of their skin.

That said, your Clay Mask is limited in effectiveness if you use it improperly.

Tips for Using a Clay Mask

Follow these tips to use your Clay Mask to its full potential:

  • 1. Only apply a mask two or three times per week. Cleansing your pores and cleaning your face are good things, but remember—the natural oils your body produces are necessary to keep your skin in good health. Accordingly, it’s wise to apply a face mask only periodically. For most people, two or three times per week is ideal.
  • 2. Gently wash your face before applying the mask. Before applying a mask, it’s important to clean your face gently, with a washcloth or by bathing. This way, the mask will be able to penetrate your pores more efficiently.
  • 3. Apply the mask all over your face (for general purposes). If you want a full-face experience, cover your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin fully.
  • 4. Consider spot treating problem areas. Full-face treatments aren’t explicitly necessary. Consider spot-treating a problematic area, like your chin or forehead.
  • 5. Allow the mask to dry for 10 to 20 minutes. Don’t cheat! Let the mask dry completely before removing it.
  • 6. Rinse the mask off with warm water. When you’re ready, rinse the mask off with a gentle stream of warm water. It should come off easily.
  • 7. Dry your face and apply a moisturizer. Finally, dry your face with a clean towel and apply a moisturizer.

Ready to give it a try for yourself? Buy one of our Clay Masks and see firsthand how much better it can make your skin feel!

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