By: Sarah Joyce
Aside from washing your face and applying daily moisturizers, one of the key ingredients to a healthy skin is consuming the right vitamins for your body. There are 4 vitamins that are essential to our skin and may help reduce acne scars. These all contain antioxidants that help fight against free radicals that enter our bodies.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A is good for red cell production. It is found in Retinoids (most of the topical creams prescribed by a doctor for acne, anti-aging, and anti-wrinkles). If you want those new cells to produce efficiently, this vitamin is a good addition to your diet. It will help increase collagen (yes, we love collagen!) and help unclog your pores. Vitamin A can be found in yellow and orange-colored vegetables and fruits such as carrots, yellow squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe, broccoli, and red bell peppers.
- Vitamin C
This vitamin is an effective antioxidant and helps in the collagen production and cellular repair. Collagen is a protein that helps the skin firm. It keeps the skin supple, healthy, and can diminish the appearance of acne scars. The antioxidant in Vitamin C shields the skin from free radicals. No wonder Banish has a Vitamin C Beauty Elixir! This vitamin can be found in most fruits such as oranges, kiwis, pineapples, and cantaloupe. If you love vegetables, you can consume Vitamin C in broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E also helps fight free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals that enter our body can be caused by pollution, smoking, and from exposure to the sun. This vitamin repairs tissue and protects our skin from cellular damage. Vitamin E can be found in almonds, sunflower seeds, olive oil, peanuts, and tomatoes.
Zinc is not a vitamin but a mineral. This mineral promotes skin renewal. It fights free radicals and prevents acne scarring. Zinc works alongside Vitamin E. It maintains the right amount of Vitamin E in our blood so that we don’t have too much or too little of Vitamin E. Some good sources of Zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds, eggs, almonds, cashews, and beef.
*****Remember when consuming these vitamins and minerals as a supplement, consider eating the foods first rather than taking the synthetic forms of the vitamins and minerals. If you choose the synthetic forms, read the Recommended Daily Intake per vitamin and mineral. =)