There are so many ingredients in skin care products that address different skin concerns. Looking at the labels on some of these things make you feel like you need to be a scientist to understand what you’re investing in and what the benefits will be for your skin. In this blog, we’re breaking down Vitamins, which ones you should include in your skin care regime and what their benefits are.
Ahhhh, one of the smartest of all the vitamins! As the only molecule that can change the way your skin cells behave, Vitamin A has amazing benefits like improving skin elasticity and balance, boosting collagen and elastin production and reducing the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation.
Whilst Vitamin A comes in many forms, it is most commonly found in skin care products as it’s derivative, Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate.
Retinol significantly reduces the appearance of dark spots, treats acne, prevents wrinkles and brightens dull skin.
Whilst this all sounds exciting, it’s important to be careful about the retinol strength you can use, how regularly you use it, what other products you use it with and ensure you use a great sunscreen product as Retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity.
Ready to give it a go but not sure where to start? We like PCA Skin Retinol Sensitive which helps reduce signs of aging without irritation. It’s specifically formulated for sensitive skin and a great way to kick start your Vitamin A/Retinol Journey.
Vitamin B in skin care products is as important as Vitamins A and C but, different in what it does for your skin. Whilst A and C work to stimulate collagen activity, Vitamin B works to sooth and reduce inflammation, redness and irritation.
Now, the question is, which Vitamin B do you need?
Vitamin B3 AKA Niacinamide is a water-soluble (dissolves in water easily) vitamin, that provides an energy boost to your skin cells. This helps cells to regenerate faster, protecting your skin from environmental and chemical damage, whilst tightening pores to prevent clogging. Products with Vitamin B3 like PCA Skin’s Vitamin B3 Brightening Serum also work to combat the appearance of dark spots, dullness, and redness.
Vitamin B5 AKA Panthenol binds water to your skin and helps maintain moisture levels which in turn, reduces dry skin & irritation. Hydr8 by Medik8 is a serum enriched with vitamin B5 to improve skin’s water retention and regeneration, leaving your skin plump and noticeably hydrated.
To appreciate just how good this little ‘all-rounder’ vitamin is, we need to understand what ‘free-radical damage’ is. Produced by your body naturally i.e. Oxygen and by outside sources like pollution, cigarette smoke, dust etc, free radicals when imbalanced, can be harmful to your skin and increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Let’s face it, nobody wants that!
You can’t avoid free radicals, but you can protect your skin by using products with Vitamin C like Societé Triple C Vitamin Therapy Serum. The Vitamin C component in skin care, is a powerful antioxidant which targets signs of ageing like wrinkles and pigmentation. So, it might be worthwhile to get some Vitamin C on you, not just in you!
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