Skin, our body’s largest organ, deserves a lot of TLC but often, we neglect it. Truth is, taking care of it is fairly easy. Implementing just a few simple habits can really help. Staying hydrated is key as is a daily skincare routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing and also limiting your exposure to UV rays.
One habit that may be a little less known but incredibly important, is the inclusion of Vitamins C & E for your skin’s ultimate well-being.
WHY ARE VITAMINS C & E SO CRUCIAL?
Vitamin C is naturally found in the epidermis and dermis and has antioxidant properties which keeps free-radical damage at bay.
Vitamin C can optimize the effectiveness of your daily sunscreen by providing a protective barrier to UV rays. It also helps synthesize your body’s natural collagen production which helps keep your skin healthy and youthful looking. It can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and can alleviate dry skin.
Vitamin E is also an antioxidant and is a powerful aid in protection from sun damage. It can help minimize the onset of age spots and wrinkles.
Our skin naturally produces vitamin E through sebum, an oily substance that comes through our skin’s pores. This helps minimize dryness. Vitamin E helps appease skin inflammation.
As we age, we are more prone to oxidative stress (free-radical damage) and although both vitamins C and E are naturally found in our bodies, it’s really important to make sure we get enough of them either through diet and/or supplementation, as a deficiency can be detrimental to our skin and overall health.
WHAT TO EAT
Amplify your vitamin C intake naturally by including the following foods in your diet:
- Oranges, lemons, limes, strawberries and melons
- Green leafy vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes
Increase your vitamin E intake naturally by including the following foods in your diet:
- Almonds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts
- Spinach, Swiss chard, avocado
- Canned tuna, canned sardines
WHEN IN DOUBT, SUPPLEMENT
We can never be certain we are getting the nutrients we need from diet alone. Taking a multivitamin that contains vitamins C and E is a really great idea. Look for one that has at least 90 mg of vitamin C and 15 mg of vitamin E.
CREAM IT UP
We already know that moisturizing is key to great skin but try to find a moisturizer whose key components are vitamins C and E. A little tip, moisturize right after your morning shower and just after you wash your face before bedtime. This ensures you lock in as much moisture as possible.
Your skin is one of your greatest assets so be sure to give it all the care it deserves.