If you are hankering after spotless, radiant skin, skincare cannot work by itself, your lifestyle and diet need to be complementary. Here the 4 essential vitamins for healthy skin and foods that contain them:
Vitamin A speeds up tissue repair and supports the healthy functioning of skin's protective barrier. High vitamin A foods are oily fish, liver products, sweet potatoes, carrots and leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.
Vitamin C protects the skin from free radical damage and boosts the production of collagen. Vitamin C can be found in strawberries, broccoli, oranges and red peppers.
Vitamin E reduces inflammation and neutralises the harmful effect of free radicals. The best natural sources of vitamin E are plant oils such as soya and olive oils, wheatgerm, nuts and seeds.
Vitamin D is essential for skin cell growth and repair. It prevents the onset of premature ageing and helps skin retain and replenish moisture. The best food sources of vitamin D are mushrooms, oily fish such as salmon, tuna and herring, egg yolks and red meat.
Are dietary antioxidants and vitamins enough?
Only 1% of the vitamins we consume through our diet actually reach the skin. To counteract the oxidative stress that free radicals cause to your skin, you need to add topical vitamins and antioxidants to your routine.
Best vitamin A product: Ossential Advanced Night Radical Repair contains 1% retinol which is the highest concentration you can find in over-the-counter product. Retinol is an active form of vitamin A that helps clear up uneven pigmentation and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Best vitamin C and E product: Ossential C-Bright Serum contains vitamin E and 10% of pure, stabilised vitamin C to combat dullness, spots and wrinkles. When used together, vitamin C and E reduce free radical damage twice as effectively than when administered alone.
Best vitamin D product: Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. Twenty minutes of sun exposure per day is more than enough to get the dose of vitamin D your body needs. Leaving your skin unprotected for longer can not only cause premature ageing but also put your health at risk; UV radiation is a proven human carcinogen responsible for 97% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 86% of melanomas. Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 blends seamlessly into the skin, restores hydration and protect your complexion from the harmful effects of UVB, UVA and HEV rays.