Our Health Expert Weights In: Here Are The Necessary Vitamins To Get Your Skin Through Winter

Vitamin D

Your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight, which can be a bit problematic during the winter when the days are shorter and it’s too cold to spend a lot of time outdoors. Taking a vitamin D supplement has lots of health benefits like healthy bones and improved resistance against certain diseases. It can also help you fight the winter blues.

Vitamin C

This is many people’s holy grail skincare secret. Vitamin C is an incredibly popular ingredient in many topical skin care products, and for good reason—the vitamin has been shown to prevent the signs of aging, prevent sun damage, and improve the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, and sun spots. Vitamin C also helps to strengthen the immune system, which can prevent stress and fatigue—both of which can contribute to overall skin health. Try adding foods to your diet that are high in vitamin C—citrus fruits like lemon and oranges, or vegetables like bell peppers and broccoli are great examples. A vitamin C supplement is also a great option for those who are looking for consistency and routine.

Omega 3

Don’t let the fact that this is technically fat scare you off. Omega-3 is a good fat that contributes to overall skin health by maintaining the cell membrane and naturally lubricating the skin with a protective barrier. This is an especially important item to supplement if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, or don’t eat fish often, as omega-3s are found almost exclusively in fish. This is perhaps the most important to consume, as vitamin C and Beta Carotene (aka retinol in the skin-care paradigm) can both be topically applied for similar results, whereas omega-3s are absorbed only through consumption.

Beta Carotene

Beta Carotene is vitamin C’s partner in anti-aging and is actually a pigment that’s found in red/orange vegetables like carrots and pumpkins. The reason this is such a powerful anti-aging agent is that it converts into Vitamin A in your body—also known as retinol. You’ve probably seen retinol advertised on skin care products at the store, mainly because of its anti-aging properties as it increases cell turnover and boosts antioxidants in the body. Beta Carotene supplements are a great addition to any skincare regime, or you can naturally increase your intake by eating more spinach, kale, pumpkin, and carrots.

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