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