Improve Your Vitamin Intake and Your Glow

Women with beautiful glowing skin

If you’re a mom or dad, or maybe you just have a funky taste,  you may know that vitamins can make the water in your bath glow.  You just crush up two vitamins, stir them in warm water and add them to your tub.  Turn the room lights off and the black light on and boom!  Your tub is glowing.  Now, if you have a child, they will be much more eager to get in the water and if you have just taken some strange drugs or too much alcohol you have a place to chill for the next hour or so. The takeaway:  Vitamins make things glow and they can make you glow as well!  Read on!

Vitamin C and E
When it comes to Vitamins that aid in skin care, Vitamins C and E are probably the first to come to mind. Topical Vitamin C ( applied directly to skin) can prevent sun damage that leads to skin cancer and 400 mgs of natural Vitamin E taken per day can reduce photo damage, wrinkles and improve skin texture.

A recent study by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology done in 2005 discovered that those who took vitamins C and E in the long term reduced sunburn from UVB radiation and saw a reduction of factor linked to DNA damage.

 Keep in mind that antioxidants work best together.  The American Academy of Dermatology says that when the two vitamins are combined in a lotion, they provide a high level of defense against sun damage, smoke, and pollution.  But, don’t abandon the sunscreen yet!  Always keep your sunscreen (25 SPF) in close reach.  When it comes to sun protection, there is no such thing as too much.

 If you prefer your Vitamins in your meals, you can find Vitamin C in bell peppers , citrus fruit, broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens. Vitamin E can be found in veggie oil, spinach, olives, seeds and asparagus.  But, it is important to note that it is difficult to get a lot of E from food, so a 400 IU dosage per day is recommended.

Vitamin A
If you already get a lot of Vitamin A from your food, upping your intake probably won’t make a big difference in your skin, so you’ll probably want to go for Topical Vitamin A when it comes to getting that glow.  Vitamin A is necessary for maintenance and repair of skin tissue.  Medical studies show that Vitamin A leads to reduction in lines and wrinkles , acne control and psoriasis relief.  Impressively, research presented at the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2003 from France showed applying Retinol plus Vitamin C (combine, combine) demonstrated a “reversal of skin alterations induced by chronologic aging and photoaging,” ( Are you still there or have you run out to pick some up?)

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Vitamin B Complex
The most important B Vitamin when it comes to skin is BIOTIN.  If you have never tried this stuff, do!  It is the ultimate beauty vitamin and helps  form skin, nail and hair cells.  Furthermore, without it, you may develop dermatitis or hair loss.

Biotin can be found in bananas, eggs oatmeal, and rice and your body also makes some of its own, so most people get enough with our trying, but a little extra never hurts,  Topical preparation of B vitamins will give skin and almost instant healthy glow while hydrating cells and increasing tone.  Creams with niacin, a specific B vitamin helps skin retain moisture which can make your skin look PLUMPER and YOUNGER in 6 DAYS!( Hope you haven’t run to the pharmacy just yet.  You don’t want to miss that!)

Vitamin K
This, in the topical form, is the go to for reducing circles and bruises under the eyes.  Research published in the Journal Of the American academy of Dermatology found that skin treatments with Vitamin K reduced bruising after laser surgeries and a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that topical application of a gel containing vitamins A, C, K,  and E helped in diminishing under eye circles and decreasing wrinkles.

Oh boy!  What a lot of buying you will have to do at the local pharmacy! But think of how lovely and glowing you will be after applying all this stuff for a few months.  Hey, maybe you can add Vits A,B,C and K to that bathtub!  Remember, use them together for best results and YOU GLOW GIRL!

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