These days, “taking your vitamins” doesn’t necessarily mean just swallowing a pill or even eating a vitamin-rich diet. Rather, vitamins, especially vitamin B, are being applied topically and are included in more and more night creams, sunscreens, moisturizers, serums, toners, etc.
We know that vitamin B is an essential nutrient; helping to convert food to fuel, improve memory, boost immunity, produce red blood cells, regulate hormones and more.
Our skin reflects our inner health and any deficiency will show up eventually. Since our skin is so readily visible, we can easily witness the redness, dryness, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and even acne that can develop with a deficiency of vitamin B.
When applied topically, vitamin B will improve your skin’s texture and moisture retention. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles because it helps skin stay moist (wrinkles and lines are exaggerated with dry skin).
The Vitamin B complex helps even out skin tone and reduce those dark spots that age us. Finally, vitamin B is a natural antioxidant, so it combats free radicals, those molecules responsible for aging and disease, and helps heal a damaged complexion.
While you absolutely should also consume vitamin B-rich foods (like the salmon pictured above), topical application is crucial. While our skin is the largest organ, it’s not necessarily considered to be the most important by our bodies. The nutrients we ingest typically go to other more vital organs first, with little left to nourish the skin.
Do yourself a favor and also apply vitamins topically to be sure your skin gets what it needs!
A lot of people tend to think of vitamin B as just one nutrient but, in reality, there are eight Bs commonly used for skin and beauty! So let’s break it down:
Many ask, “Should I also consume B vitamins?” The answer is “yes!” Beauty comes from both within and without, and the skin, our largest organ, reflects our inner health.
Eat a healthy, varied diet! The battle cry of nutritionists is to “eat the rainbow.” That’s not to make the plate pretty, but the most colorful foods are often the most nutrient-rich. To get plenty of vitamin B - eat plenty of green, leafy vegetables, lean protein, dairy, eggs, and whole grains.
Vitamin B’s role in skin care has gotten a lot of attention in the beauty world lately, so if you are experiencing chronic skin issues, or are just tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a dull and unhealthy complexion, the cause may be a deficiency of these essential nutrients.
Take a B-complex supplement, adjust your diet, and look for skin care products with the ingredients discussed above and your skin will reward you with a glowing, youthful complexion.