Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamins in Skincare

Various vitamins make frequent appearances on skincare labels. But what do they really do for your skin? Let’s dig into some vitamins commonly included in skincare products and discuss how each can benefit your skin.

Vitamin A Seeing Vitamin A on a label? This is a good thing! Vitamin A derivatives are also known as retinoids, and as we know, retinoids are a highly effective anti aging ingredient (this is well established by scientific research). Retinoids communicate with skin cells, “telling” skin cells to behave like healthier, younger skin cells which translates to interrupting the wrinkling process, boosting collagen production, and fading discoloration. Retinoids also help mitigate against acne.

Vitamin B5 Vitamin B5 (which may also show up as panthenol or pantothenic acid) is a humectant: it holds and attracts moisture. It helps improve the functioning of the skin’s barrier, and helps maintain the skin cells that create collagen. These properties, and the fact that Vitamin B5 mixes well with other ingredients, make it a fantastic ingredient in products intended to help boost moisture and/or combat aging.

Vitamin C We’ve delved into the benefits of Vitamin C before, so we’ll keep this brief. Vitamin C is a proven, powerful anti-aging ingredient that help mitigate sun damage and dark spots, boost collagen production, reduce inflammation, and help the skin protect itself against free radical damage. A highly recommended ingredient to include in your skincare routine!

Vitamin E Vitamin E is a well researched, well known antioxidant. When applied topically, it can absorb UV energy, providing protection from UV-generated free radical damage and from environmental pollution. Vitamin E in skincare also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a beneficial ingredient for most skincare routines. Additionally, it is an excellent moisturizer: look for this ingredient in products for dry skin.


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