And a good way to do this is through VITAMINS.
Today's topic is solely a useful information, about certain vital nutrients, that support our body functioning and the beneficial role they play for our skin health.
Having firm faith in Ayurveda, and not forgetting the interesting evolution of modern science, fortunately these vitamins can be added, blended and put together beautifully in skincare product formulations, in order to supply complete nourishment to skin, resulting in a healthy, clear and younger looking skin texture.
So let's kick-start one by one.....
•VITAMIN A - This is an essential nutrient that supports skin, eye, reproductive health and immune system.
There are two types of Vit. A :
#Retinoids (preformed Vit. A)
#Carotenoids (proformed Vit. A)
Without enough Vit. A the skin gets dry, itchy or bumpy.
Furthermore, in extreme lack of it, the skin tend to get such conditions like eczema, acne and photo-aging which often require medical intervention.
Since Vit. A is an antioxidant, it seems to prevent sun damage by interrupting the process that breakdown collagen.
It's anti-inflammatory properties helps in healing cuts and scrapes effectively, thus helping the skin to get rid of marks, scars and spots.
This important nutrient is available in supplement form.
Some supplements combine retinoids with carotenoids.
Others are made up solely of retinoids, such as - RETINYL PALMITATE or RETINYL ACETATE.
And some supplements are solely carotenoids, such as BETA-CAROTENE.
Vit. A is fat soluble and it is a common ingredient in many multi-vitamins and mineral supplements.
Apart from these, Vit. A is added to many cosmetic products, such as creams, sunscreens, vit-infused oils, anti-ageing creams and serums.
Some vitamin A supplements come in the form of capsules that can be broken and applied directly to skin.
Our skin is a retinoid-responsive organ, able to readily absorb Vit. A when applied topically.
Prescription retinoids are much more stronger than over-the-counter versions and maybe more effective for certain skin-conditions.
Eg.- Retin-A (Tretinoin)
Depending on the goals that one have for the skin, after medical consultation, sometimes over-the-counter retinol maybe enough to do the trick.
In other instances, a prescription cream maybe more beneficial.
Having anti-inflammatory properties, Retinoids are effective in treating and controlling ACNE.
They also help to regulate the sloughing-off of skin cells, reducing the occurrence of clogged pores.
Topical retinoids stimulate COLLAGEN production, hence effective in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
When using retinoids, the potency, effectiveness and skin-sensitivity has to be looked upon.
Therefore, RETINOL has more research in it's corner, which proves both it's effectiveness and associated risks.
Now, there's another ingredient that is gaining popularity, known to be equally beneficial, great for all skin types (including sensitive skin), though definitely prove to be less effective than retinol.
And this ingredient is called BAKUCHIOL.
It is a plant extract (pronounced as buh-koo-chee-all), that beauty publications are calling a natural, less irritating and vegan alternative.
It works through the same receptors that retinol uses, which is why it's been referred to as a natural retinol alternative.
In PBP skincare range the products containing Vitamin A, to fullfill the skin's requirement against sun-damage and ageing effects are :
#MINERAL ENRICHED SUNSCREEN.
And stay tuned for something interesting is brewing, and will be coming up soon, with the goodness of this magical herb BAKUCHIOL.
•VITAMIN C - This nutrient is found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement.
Vit. C is also known as ascorbic acid.
It is a water soluble nutrient that plays an important role in keeping the skin healthy.
There are three forms of Vit. C -
*I-ascorbic acid (least stable, oxidised by air)
*Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (most stable)
This highly effective and essential nutrient protects the skin against the adverse effects of weather (sun damage), ageing and free radicals.
Therefore, making it an essential nutrient involved in repair of tissues and formation of collagen.
This potent nutrient offers many benefits for the skin, such as :
*Maintain and repair damaged skin and cartilage.
*Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
*Even skin tone.
*Prevent premature ageing.
*Reduce the appearance of dark spots.
*Make collagen, keeping skin youthful and plump.
Therefore, alongwith oral intake, topical use of this nutrient also imparts great benefits for dull and damaged skin.
Knowing the advantages of this Vitamin and seeing the much needed requirement to cure multiple skin issues, PBP has formulated few products with it's goodness, to provide beautiful results on the skin, and the products are :
#VIT. C FACE CLEANSER
#VIT. C FACE-MASK
#VIT. C FACE SERUM
So, these were the two important and most beneficial nutrients required for a healthy and beautiful skin.
There are few more, which I will be covering in my upcoming blogs.
Till then figure out your skin's nutrient requirements and grab your respective Vitamin rich product.
As it's been rightly quoted :
"Filters are great but great skin is better"