Vitamin Skin Care...What's the Point?

Vitamin skin care? Is there any sense in that?!

Well, vitamins help to nourish skin, giving it a healthy glow. They also help slow down the aging process. You get these benefits from edible vitamins as well as those that are applied to the skin.

Vitamins A, C and E work very well together in skin care products. You could call this group of three the ace in the multivitamin skin care pack. We'll look at the benefits of each of these vitamins.

Vitamin A helps improve skin moisture content and promotes cell renewal. It can also help reverse the signs of premature aging.

Vitamin C is vital to the production of collagen. Studies have shown that it also regulates pigmentation and boosts the skin's immune system.

And vitamin E helps to protect the skin's moisture barrier and smoothen dry skin.

All three vitamins together can help slow down skin aging when they are applied to your skin. So don't underestimate the value of vitamin skin care products. Many of them are made from fruits like strawberries, raspberries and grapes and they do wonderful things for the skin.

Did you know that grape-seed extracts are great for protecting collagen and elastin (two major components of skin)? Or that skin care products containing grape-seed extracts have an antiaging effect?

That's not surprising because we know that fruits contain vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. In fact, fruit-based skin care can be very effective.

That's why there's been so much talk about AHAs. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (also known as fruit acids) are well known in the cosmetic industry. They have many benefits and we'll list a few here.

Fruit acids:

- Help the skin retain its elasticity

- Hydrate the outer layers of skin

- Stimulate renewal of skin cells

- Remove dead layer of skin and reveal healthier skin

But read the small print. There is a downside to using fruit acids. You do know nothing in life is perfect, don't you?

Fruit acids can make the skin sensitive to the sun so it's important to use an effective sunscreen with them. Dry skin may also redden when it comes in contact with fruit acids. If your skin is dry, and you want to use these, use products with very little AHA content.

Overall, the benefits of using vitamin skin care (not just fruit acids) far outweigh any disadvantages.

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