Remember the old saying, treat your body like a temple? Although it might seem a bit cringey and the sort of mantra you’d expect to hear from a gym bro or over-zealous health nut, there is truth behind it.
Your skin is often a reflection of what you put into your body. Unhealthy habits such as smoking, excessive drinking, processed foods and a lack of varied healthy diet can all impact your skin. On the flip side, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and other healthy additions such as fibre, protein and water can make a massive difference to your skin. Effectively you’re nourishing from the inside out by getting more vitamins and nutrients into your body.
With this in mind, here are five supplements that can benefit the skin.
An antioxidant, vitamin A is found in both the upper and lower layers of the skin. Adequate amounts of vitamin A can help prevent the skin from looking flaky and dry.
Vitamin C is a familiar antioxidant that can help protect the skin from free radical damage. It can also help enhance the skin’s texture and reduce wrinkles. Finally, vitamin C supports collagen production, an essential for keeping the skin looking young and staying hydrated.
Vitamin D is used by the liver and kidneys and is transported through the body to create healthy cells, including skin cells. This helps to improve skin tone. Also, some studies have found that vitamin D may help improve psoriasis.
Just like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant. In addition, this vitamin is anti-inflammatory which may counter any skin inflammation. Also, its primary function is protecting the skin against sun damage which can help prevent wrinkles, dark spots and premature ageing.
Last but certainly, not least is vitamin K. Although it is probably one of the lesser spoken of vitamins, vitamin K aids the process of blood clotting in the body. This means it helps the body heal any scars, bruises and wounds. It can also help reduce stretch marks, spider veins and dark circles by helping improve circulation.