Just like your body, your skin also needs nutrition. While many of these nutrients are present in foods we consume, there might arise a need for exterior application to address key skincare concerns like dullness, pigmentation, scars and blemishes, and overall health of the skin. This is where skincare vitamins come in handy.
Unlike skincare acids, you might have heard of vitamins before, but may not know about all their benefits, what concerns they target, how to choose and use the right skincare vitamin for you.
So we went ahead and created the ultimate guide to skincare vitamins.
Also known as: Retinol (Derivative of Vitamin A), Quite a confusing Vitamin to understand (LOL!).
What it helps with: Anti-ageing, Acne, Uneven Skin Texture and Dryness
What it does: Vitamin A or Retinol though a little complicated to understand is the holy grail for those fighting signs of ageing, uneven skin texture and acne flare-ups. Vitamin A is known to reveal younger, plumper and glowing skin with consistent usage. It’s mainly able to do so by promoting new cell growth and boosting the production of natural skin protein also known as Collagen.
Usage: When using Retinol, less is more as Vitamin A usage makes the skin super sensitive and can cause redness. It’s thus best advised to use pure Vitamin A or Retinol based products at night and only a few times a week before making it a part of your nightly beauty routine. However, if your skin is not extremely sensitive you may wear Retinol in the day too but please do follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
Recommended Products: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%, Pixi Collagen & Retinol Serum, Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture, Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream and Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Face Sleeping Mask, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Retinol Capsules, The Inkey List Retinol Serum and Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
Also known as: Niacinamide, Skincare Vitamin Underdog
What it helps with: Dehydrated skin and dryness, dullness, ageing skin
What it does: Still in the shadow of other skincare vitamins like vitamin A, E & C, vitamin B3 or Niacinamide is the secret ingredient for bright and well-hydrated skin. Also, if you are for looking more than just bright and hydrated skin, Niacinamide is the vitamin you should consider as it also makes your pores squeaky clean and thus prevents acne, helps with pigmentation and blemishes, calms down redness and might also help with sun damage. If you live in urban areas or are exposed to environmental stressors like pollution and heat often, then Niaciniamide based products are a must for you.
Usage: Niacinamide is friendly with all skin types and can be both used AM & PM. Like any other vitamin or acid be mindful of the concentration in your products as excessive use of Niacinamide can cause redness.
Recommended Products: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc Oxide 1% Serum, The Inkey List Niacinamide, Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist, Then I Met You, Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster, Then I met You Calming Tide Gel Cream™
Also known as: That one vitamin that we all know since childhood. Amirite? 😆
What it helps with: Everything! Vitamin E is essential for the overall health of your skin, hair and nails.
What it does: Vitamin E is a key ingredient that we all have been using in some form or the other as long as we can remember. This all-rounder of an ingredient is not only responsible for some intensely hydrated skin, but also fights against harmful UV rays, and helps prevents fine line and wrinkles. While over the years in favour of new vitamins like vitamin C we might have put vitamin E on the back burner, vitamin E should be a must in everybody’s beauty routine especially because it works well with all skin types.
Usage: While products which are in the combination of vitamin E and some other ingredient can be used both AM & PM, pure vitamin E should be only used at night. Sensitive skin types and those prone to acne should avoid using pure vitamin E too often. Also, give retinol a skip if you are using pure vitamin E i.e the product straight from the capsule without any dilution or products with high vitamin E concentration.
Recommended Products: The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil, You can also use Vitamin E capsules available at pharmacies to use in your DIY beauty concoctions, The Inkey List Vitamin B, C And E Moisturizer, Jo Malone London Vitamin Enriched Lip Balm, Neogen Vita Duo Cream and Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask
Also known as: Ascorbic acid
What it helps with: Uneven Skin Tone, Pigmentation, Dark Spot, Sun Damage, Dull, Tired & Aging Skin, NEED WE SAY MORE?
What it does: Everyone right now wants to bathe in everything vitamin C, right from serums to sunblocks to overnight masks. And why shouldn’t they, vitamin C is such a powerful ingredient that everyone should at least have one product with it. However, if you are new to the world of vitamin C, firstly welcome to the vitamin C club, you and your skin will feel very bright as part of this club. Secondly, start with a vitamin C moisturizer or sunblock as your first vitamin C based product and after some time you can include serums in your regime.
Vitamin C is packed with antioxidants which means it does an excellent job of taking care of the damage done to the skin because of the sun that results in dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and pigmentation. Vitamin C lightens dark spots, exfoliates the skin to make it brighter and improves the signs of ageing.
There are a few key things that you should keep in mind when you go to Vitamin C shopping. Firstly, look for products that have vitamin C concentrate between 5%- 20% only. Anything less than 5% will not work. If you have sensitive skin be wary of the concentration because as you go higher the chances of skin irritation also increase. Look for serums that come in airtight bottles. Exposure to sunlight oxidizes vitamin C and can do more harm than good to your skin.
Usage: Can be used both AM & PM. Don’t use it along with vitamin A (Retinol) based products. Also, it is not recommended to use vitamin C along with AHAs & BHAs as a combination of these can flare up an irritation. If you use AHAs & BHAs based products then only apply vitamin C in the day time. Works well with vitamin E as vitamin E helps stabilize Vitamin C and makes it work more effectively.
Recommended Products: Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum, L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Face Serum, Neogen Real Vita C Powder, Klairs Freshly Squeezed Vitamin C Drop and The Inkey List Vitamin B, C And E Moisturizer
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