We all know how important vitamins are in keeping the body healthy and happy.
They fulfill hundreds of roles in our bodies – everything from maintaining healthy bones to boosting the immune system – they can also be a not-so-secret weapon in your daily skin care routine.
From their nourishing properties to their ability to give us a stronger skin barrier and even smooth our skin by reducing rough skin texture, adding topical vitamins to your beauty routine can boost the effectiveness of your products.
But which ones are the best?
Here, we explain three of the most powerful (and popular) members of the vitamin alphabet—vitamin C, vitamin B3, and vitamin E—that can help get rid of dull, stressed, rough skin and give you your healthiest skin yet.
Vitamin C is your skin’s best antioxidant, helping to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce damage caused by external stressors.
It helps neutralize free radicals produced by environmental factors that cause oxidative stress to our skin (think sunlight, pollution and unhealthy diet).
These free radicals damage the skin, leading to water loss and damage, leaving our skin looking rough, textured and prone to signs of premature aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin C not only “cleanses” these harmful free radicals, but also increases the production of collagen, the protein that keeps our skin plump, firm and youthful.
Vitamin C also works to reduce discoloration and hyperpigmentation through its ability to block the action of the enzyme responsible for melanin production, which leads to pigmentation.
Vitamin B3, also called niacinamide, is known to help maintain a strong skin barrier. An antioxidant, a skin cell energizer, it improves the processes that keep our skin healthy and smooth, such as promoting the production of ceramides, which help the skin retain moisture.
Vitamin B3 is particularly helpful in repairing damaged DNA and can fight early signs of aging such as fine lines, discoloration. As a bonus, it has an antibiotic-like effect, helping to improve skin circulation for smooth, healthy skin.
Vitamin E, a staple in many skin care products, is your one-way ticket to the hydration station. Hydrating antioxidant protects the skin barrier (so your skin barrier is stronger) and improves hydration.
This means smoother, healthier skin. Plus, its moisturizing benefits help reduce rough skin texture for smoother skin.
Another powerful antioxidant, vitamin E protects the skin from oxidation caused by free radicals in the environment and those released by our bodies by working with the natural protective oils our skin already produces.