After years of advertising numerous cosmetic products that promise to do wonders with the skin and recently the buzz has become more focused on the power of vitamins and minerals and their significant role in obtaining good looking and healthy skin.
It is certain that vitamins and minerals have the vital role for a healthy skin whether they are applied in form of a beauty product like lotion or cream, as a supplement or simply from the food we eat.
Skin is the mirror of the body. What goes on inside can be recognized easily in the appearance of the skin. If the body lacks certain nutrients that deficiency will show on the skin.
Everyone knows that vitamins are important for human health. The most important vitamins for a beautiful complexion are vitamin C, E, A, K and B complex vitamins.
Vitamin C is important for treating skin damage from the sun. It is a powerful antioxidant, which means it fights the free radicals that cause premature aging and formation of wrinkles. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits and in fresh vegetables it can be taken as a supplement or applied as a topical cream.
Much like vitamin C, the vitamin E is useful for blocking the effects of the sun. It reduces wrinkles and gives the skin a smoother look. It is also used to treat dry skin.
The lack of vitamin A in the diet may cause dry and flaky skin. Topical vitamin A reduces wrinkles and dryness of the skin and prevents acne and even psoriasis.
In the vitamin B complex the most important vitamin is biotin. This nutrient is an important ingredient of nail, skin and hair cells. The deficiency biotin can lead to dryness and flakiness of the skin and even to hair loss. Creams that contain vitamin B complex are excellent moisturizers the tone the skin and make it smoother, and they help fight acne as well.
Vitamin K gives best results for the skin if applied topically as a cream or a serum. It helps treat dark circles around the eyes and redness of the skin.
As for the minerals, most experts agree that if we drink natural spring water we do not need mineral supplements. It is even advised to wash the face daily with mineral water which reduces irritation and moisturizes the skin.
Selenium is believed to play an important role in the prevention of cancer. Taken as a supplement or a topical cream, selenium prevents sun damage.
Copper is important for the formation of elastin, which supports the skin from the inside.
Zink is important for people who suffer from acne. Taken internally or as a topical product, it will decrease the production of oil and speed up the healing of acne lesions.
Other important nutrients for the skin include alpha-lipoic acid which has an important role in preventing aging processes, hyaluronic acid, which gives skin a strong, healthy look and helps it retain moisture and essential fatty acids that help the skin create a natural oil barrier.