3 Vitamins You Need for Glowing Spring Skin
As we’re nearing the end of winter (finally!), a lot of us are trying to figure out how to get our glow back. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the past few months moisturizing and applying every “glow tonic” in the book in an attempt to capture the look of vibrant spring/summer skin…with no luck. Sure, there’s always makeup, but— how can we get the “glow” year round? Short answer: food. Yep, you are what you eat. And, I must say, after trying all of those glow tonics and moisturizing treatments, I didn’t begin to see a real inside-out glow until I minded my diet and incorporated a few skin-boosting foods.
3 Vitamins For Glowing Skin (And Where To Find Them)
Niacinimide is known in skincare for its skin-brightening properties (I use a topical Niacinimide nightly to brighten dark spots—and it works). Niacinimide is the name for a vitamin we all know: B3. Now, follow me here, when we eat foods with Niacin (B3) our bodies have the ability to convert some of it into Niacinimide (yay!) so, this helps create healthy skin from the inside-out. According to the skincare experts at Paula’s Choice, Niacinimide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface. Niacin is known to treat acne, help reduce wrinkles, increase skin’s moisture, soothe rosacea and promote an even skin tone. Foods high in Niacin (B3) include: poultry, tuna, salmon, avocado, brown rice, mushrooms, sweet potatoes.
Vitamin C is a known skincare fave; it is known to help skin repair sun damage, reduce inflammation, improve collagen production, brighten, reduce oxidative stress and protect the skin from free radicals. While I love Vitamin C serums for all of the listed reasons, I find it important to couple the outside treatment with inside nourishment. Some of my go-to foods for a Vitamin C boost are: strawberries, kale, parsley, sweet yellow peppers, broccoli, & citrus.
Vitamin A is another well-known skincare vitamin. Most people are familiar with Retinol. Retinol, when applied topically, stimulates the production of new cells and works as an antioxidant. Taking Vitamin A orally is not only essential for general health but also great for skin health. Vitamin A can help prevent cell damage, premature skin aging, and other skin diseases. Foods high in Vitamin A are: carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, eggs and salmon.
To Sum It All Up…
Glowing skin starts on the inside and can be boosted on the outside using a few, readily accessible vitamins and minerals. This, in addition to a nourishing diet and proper hydration (nutritionist’s orders!), will have you on your way to happy, healthy, spring/summer-ready skin in no time. If you’re wondering where to start, you can find organic, quality topical vitamins on sites like Dermstore and organic foods or vitamin supplements at your local Whole Foods or Sprouts. For any specific nutrition or diet questions feel free to comment or reach out directly.
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