When we have a problem with our skin, the first place that we treat is always the skin itself when, very often, the problem lies deeper than the epidermis. What we put into our bodies makes a big difference to the skin.
Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant, this vitamin is essential to skin health. It helps your body to fight free radicals (molecules that can damage and age the skin, caused by environment, smoking, or ultra violet rays). Vitamin C is also necessary for enabling the skin to heal wounds – without it wounds will heal much more slowly or not at all. It also aids the production of collagen which helps the skin to repair itself and keep its elasticity. It keeps the skin hydrated and healthy, and a person with a vitamin C deficiency would be very easy to spot simply by looking at their skin. It would be dull, tight, dry and flaky.
Vitamin A: Another antioxidant that helps skin cells to develop. It also helps the skin to retain its elasticity. Vitamin A deficiency can be recognized by the sufferer having dry, scaly skin.
Vitamin E: This vitamin is needed by the body as both an antioxidant, and to regulate the levels of vitamin A (an overdose can be incredibly dangerous, even fatal). This vitamin is used in many skin creams, as it is an excellent moisturiser. It is possibly the best vitamin for keeping the skin hydrated and preventing and treating dry skin. There is some controversy about whether or not vitamin E is absorbed through the skin, but it is certainly absorbed by the organs and the bloodstream.
Vitamin B: Promoting healthy skin, eyes, hair, brain function and intestinal function, vitamin B is essential for skin health. It balances hormones (which is why it is now widely used in acne treatment), aids red blood cell production, and helps maintain fluid balance (when fluid is retained in the skin, it appears swollen and puffy). A person with a vitamin B deficiency would have dry skin, dry lips and their skin would feel tight and dry in places.
Iron: Needed for red blood cell production and healing. When there is not enough iron in the body, it is directed to where it is needed the most (the vital organs) and away from the skin, nails and hair. When someone is lacking iron, their skin is usually very pale and they have dark circles under their eyes.