As the skin care industry grows, consumers become more informed. We are readily equipped to battle the premature signs of aging – from fine lines and wrinkles, to dark spots, and low collagen – thanks to a growing conversation around vitamins in skin care.
Likewise, anti-aging technology is becoming more widespread. Whether it’s promised on the back of a luxury serum, or as an injection of botox from the dermatologist. It’s no secret, though, that anti-aging products can rack up quite the expense, and the only thing more frustrating than the onset of wrinkles is an expensive product that falsely claimed to make them go away!
For this reason, we’re going to go over some ingredients you’ll want to see both in your beauty regimen and your daily meals: vitamins are an essential factor in keeping your entire body healthy, and can have beneficial effects on the youthfulness of your skin.
Keep reading to see our list of top vitamins for signs of aging!
Aging Factors Vs. Anti-Aging Vitamins
The following are some of the major causes of skin aging. We’ll tell you which vitamins can best combat against each aging factor, to keep your skin looking as youthful as possible.
Aging Factor: SUN DAMAGE
Over-exposure to the sun’s rays is one of the most damaging factors to the skin. Ultra violet (UV) rays can hyperpigment the skin over time, leading to dark spots and a rough texture to the skin.
One of the best things you can do to protect your skin from the effects of sun damage is by reducing your exposure to the sun: always wear SPF, especially on your face and arms, and wear a hat whenever you can.
Additionally, you can use vitamin A to prevent and even treat some of the damage caused by UV ray exposure.
Anti-Aging Vitamin: VITAMIN A
Vitamin A, which is listed as “retinol” in skin care products, is an especially versatile vitamin for your skin, and it’s an excellent step in your regimen for reducing the damage of UV rays.
Vitamin A helps to manage a lot of protective functions, like cell regulation and pigmentation, keeping your skin looking younger and fresher.
This special vitamin also stimulates collagen production, which is a major structural protein in your skin. When collagen production is encouraged, your skin is plumper, healthier, and more durable against pollutants.
Keep in mind though, that vitamin A should be used sparingly and be paired with sunscreen during the day, as vitamin A can cause sensitivity to sun damage. You can increase vitamin A in your diet by eating more spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots!
Aging Factor: FREE RADICAL DAMAGE
Free radicals are unstable molecules that enter our bodies and cause oxidative stress, which causes the body to age very much like how rust affects metal. They are often a major cause of fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity.
Free radicals occur when oxygen is not properly metabolized, and we encounter them through air pollution, cigarette smoke, and pesticides, such as those found in the “dirty dozen” of produce. Free radicals are also one of the reasons why regular cigarette smoking is known to lead to premature aging!
Aside from minimizing your contact with free radicals, you can also prevent long-term free radical damage by incorporating antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C.
Anti-Aging Vitamin: VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is an incredibly powerful antioxidant found commonly in citruses, which means that it helps to fight against free radicals and can prevent oxidative damage.
Additionally, vitamin C is crucial to collagen production, as it’s been shown in multiple research reports that vitamin C stimulates fibroblasts, which are responsible for collagen synthesis.
Vitamin C is referred to as “ascorbic acid” in skin care products, and it’s always good news to see it in the ingredient list.
Aging Factor: INFLAMMATION
Inflammation is typically a natural protective response in your body, triggered by an injury or infection.
But sometimes, inflammation appears to malfunction in some people, resulting in the immune system attacking healthy tissues and organs. Chronic inflammation is a symptom in many different diseases, and can lead to more serious conditions down the line.
Anti-Aging Vitamin: VITAMIN E
Also known as “tocopherol” on skin care ingredient lists, vitamin E is a fatty vitamin found in avocados, spinach and sunflower seeds, and is heavily regarded as a staple in skin care.
In addition to its reputation as a gentle, nourishing moisturizer, vitamin E has also been shown to carry a surprising number of anti-inflammatory benefits, meaning that it can soothe irritated, inflamed skin.
Moreover, vitamin E can provide healing benefits to sun-damaged skin, as well as help reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals, proving it to be highly versatile as a skin care supplement.
Plus, vitamin E plays a large role in our lipid barriers, and those with dry skin tend to have low amounts of it. For this reason, vitamin E is an essential ingredient for those who regularly experience cracked, hypersensitive skin.
Anti-Aging Vitamins in the Restorative Facial Oil
Along with incorporating these special vitamins into your diet, it’s also recommended to find them in a highly nourishing product, so it’s no surprise that our Restorative Facial Oil is packed with the anti-aging vitamins listed above!
This facial oil contains nothing but plant-based, beneficial ingredients like rosehip oil, which is both nourishing and hydrating, as well as rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. Needless to say, this classic botanical extract is rich in antioxidants help to fight against free radical damage.
Plus, this facial oil is rich in moisturizing ingredients that your lipid barrier will love; not just because it contains hydrating vitamin E, but also because it’s made up of an assortment of beneficial, plant-based oils like jojoba oil, pomegranate seed oil, and acai oil.
Our restorative facial oil is suitable for all skin types, especially dry skin, and can be used both in your morning and nighttime skin care.
Why Prevention is Everything
While severe signs of aging may be difficult to treat down the road, the appearance of aging can be prevented with good habits, as well as making sure you’re getting vitamins both on your plate and in your skincare regimen.