“You need to take your vitamins” is a saying we often hear from our parents, doctors and loved ones who just wants the best for us. While we have a habit of ignoring small health tips and tricks, what if we were to tell you that vitamins can actually help boost your immune system, get healthier skin and make you look and feel great. And we’re not just talking vitamins. We’re talking superfoods to collagen and much more! Supplements are commonly used for all age and gender but what needs to be addressed is that it’s not a one size fits all solution. Whether you’re taking these supplements orally or incorporating it into your skincare, consult with your primary care doctor to find out which vitamins and health supplements work best for you!
We’ve all heard too much about sources of Vitamin C: lemons, oranges, grapefruits even skincare brands are proudly supplying vitamin C into their products! Vitamin C is a popular supplement to take during cold seasons. While marketing has taught us that consuming Vitamin C will boost our immune system, it generally does not. However, it does aid in lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. Health benefits aside, Vitamin C is also useful in treating various skin issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and fine lines. In fact, our inner layers of the skin contain Vitamin C to enhance collagen production!
Vitamin A is considered more of the underdog when it comes to skincare but it’s an ingredient that take on many forms, many of which you’ve probably heard before! Vitamin A’s have potent antioxidant properties. Retinoids (Ahem, I’m sure we’ve all heard of retinoids in our eye creams) are a form of Vitamin A which is widely used in anti-acne medicines. Its anti-inflammatory properties help improve acne while also reducing the signs of aging by interrupting the process of collagen damage.
Collagen is a protein naturally produced in the body that is responsible for healthy joins and skin elasticity. However, as we age existing collagen breaks down and becomes harder for the body to produce. To support this diminishing collagen production, taking collagen supplements can help improve skin elasticity and help it better hold onto moisture. Collagen can be consumed through powder form which you can simply add to water or your drink of choice!
Unlike collagen, Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) which means it is a type of nutrient that the body cannot make for itself. Omega-3 is extracted from fish such as mackerel and herring. While they’re known to be a big pill to swallow, don’t let it scare you as the benefits to taking them are many. Studies have shown that Omega 3 can benefit the skin by improving barrier function, promote skin healing and inhibiting inflammation. Some other fish oils also contain other nutrients like Vitamin A, D and selenium.
Let’s talk hair health. We all want the shiny, luscious hair that we see all too often on shampoo commercials. Improving our hair care may mean working from the inside out. That can begin with Biotin. Biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that support a healthy metabolism. They are naturally found in foods such as eggs, milk and bananas and are commonly used for hair loss and brittle nails. We’re recommended 30 to 100 micrograms of biotin but because it’s water-soluble any excess biotin will pass through our body when we urinate.