When it comes to skin health, vitamins and minerals are often overlooked. However, getting enough of these can make a big difference to the health of your skin. So what do you need to know about vitamins and minerals for healthy skin?
How important are vitamins and minerals for healthy skin?
Vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in maintaining the health and appearance of the skin. They contribute to various skin functions, including cell regeneration, collagen production, protection against environmental damage, and overall skin health.
Which vitamins and minerals are important for health?
There are a lot of different vitamins and minerals that can have a big impact on the health of your skin. These include:
Vitamin C: This vitamin is essential for collagen synthesis, which helps maintain the skin’s firmness and elasticity. It also possesses antioxidant properties, protecting the skin from free radicals and promoting a more youthful appearance.
Vitamin E: Known for its antioxidant properties, vitamin E helps protect the skin from oxidative damage caused by environmental factors like UV radiation. It also assists in maintaining the skin’s moisture balance.
Vitamin A: This vitamin promotes cell turnover and stimulates collagen production, contributing to smoother, healthier skin. It is commonly used in topical treatments for acne and ageing.
B vitamins (B3, B5, B6, and B7): B vitamins help maintain the skin’s barrier function and improve moisture retention. They also play a role in reducing inflammation and supporting overall skin health.
Zinc: This mineral is involved in various enzymatic reactions in the skin and contributes to wound healing, collagen synthesis, and regulating oil production. It can help improve acne-prone skin.
Selenium: As an antioxidant, selenium protects the skin from oxidative damage and helps prevent premature aging. It also supports the immune system, which indirectly influences skin health.
Copper: Copper is involved in the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins important for maintaining skin structure and elasticity. It also possesses antioxidant properties.
How can you ensure your skin gets enough vitamins and minerals?
There are a number of different ways to deliver vitamins and minerals to the skin, including:
A healthy diet
While vitamins and minerals are important for skin health, it’s worth noting that a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are generally more effective in obtaining these nutrients than relying solely on supplements. A well-rounded diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can provide a wide range of essential nutrients necessary for maintaining healthy skin.
Mesotherapy is an aesthetic treatment that can deliver a combination of vitamins and minerals directly into the skin tissue where it is most needed. This can help the skin to repair itself and to rejuvenate, with the correct combination of ingredients that it needs.
Topical skin treatments
There are a range of topical skin treatments that contain vitamins and minerals and can be absorbed by the skin. Here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic we are approved retailers for the SkinCeuticals range, and there are a number of vitamin based options to choose from including:
Serum 10– this combines Vitamin C with ferulic acid to protect the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and the signs of ageing, and ensure healthier skin.
Hydrating B5 Serum– enriched with vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid, this serum can hydrate and moisturise the face without clogging the pores.
Phloretin CF Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum for Discolouration– this is a Vitamin C combination antioxidant, which is designed to diminish any discolouration while improving the skin’s texture and tone, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
For more information or advice, why not get in touch with Preston’s leading aesthetic team today, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic?