Some Top Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants for Skin
Our lifestyles have plenty to do with our appearances. Skin that ages prematurely is often an indication of poor health choices. Signs of premature aging such as wrinkles, sun spots, skin toughness, and sagging, are affected by type and quantity of exercise, overexposure to the sun and harsh elements, and of course dietary nutrition. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients are necessary for maximizing the bodyâ€™s functions. The bodyâ€™s functions, when properly regulated and nourished, are what keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Many people will see the telltale signs of premature aging creeping onto their faces long after they first took hidden root. Sun damage and poor health have long-term effects. Symptoms never pop up overnight. In the same way that those fine lines and blemishes appeared after continuous habits, it also takes a change in habits to revitalize your appearance. Most people seek out topical solutions as their only reprieve, but while topical solutions go to work at the surface level of your skin, skin-impacting lifestyle choices work internally eventually manifesting outwardly. The best skincare management therefore comprises a change in behavior in addition to topical applications, and diet probably provides the biggest potential for change. There are several kinds of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients that are particularly good for repairing and maintaining healthy, youthful skin.
Function: reduces damage from free radicals caused by sunlight, smoke and pollution, protects skin from sun overexposure
Sources: citrus fruits, red and green bell peppers, guava, kale, parsley, collard greens, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower
Function: protects skin from sun overexposure, skin cancer preventative, reduce appearance of wrinkles, softens dry and rough skin (when applied topically).
Sources: sunflower seeds, safflower and sunflower oils, wheat germ oil, almonds, spinach, prunes, peaches, tomatoes, asparagus, cabbage, and avocados, olives
Vitamin C and E together combine to form a formidable force against wrinkles, photodamage, and poor skin texture
Function: skin repair and maintenance
Sources: chili peppers, liver, dandelion, carrots, collard greens, apricots, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe
Topical Vitamin A has been shown to reverse lines and wrinkles, and give relief to acne and psoriasis
Vitamin B Biotin
Functions: forms basis of skin, nail, and hair cells
Sources: bananas, eggs, oatmeal, rich, and produced by your body
Vitamin B Niacin
When applied topically: retains moisture, anti-inflammatory, lightening agent for blotchy skin color
Function: strengthens muscles, tendons, hair, nails, cartilage, ligaments, and bone, skin elasticity, heals wounds
Sources: strawberries, cucumber, mango, rhubarb, asparagus, garbanzo beans, leeks
Function: controls skin production of oil, immune system function, vision, taste, and smell
Sources: eggs, oysters, pumpkin seeds, ginger, pecans, Brazil nuts, oats, poultry, lean meat
Applied topically, helps develop elastin, which is the very fiber that makes up skin
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Function: skin repair, moisture, elasticity
Sources: salmon, mackerel, flaxseeds, safflower oil
Function: antioxidant preventing free radical damage, elasticity, protect skin from sun damage
Sources: Tuna, salmon, garlic, eggs, brown rice, Brazil nuts, wheat germ
The Obagi-C Rx Systems and Obagi Professional C Serum contain potent doses of Vitamin C in a form absorbable by the skin.
Check out other Obagi products to find topical solutions that combine great vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants with innovative therapy and scientific study to help your skin repair, maintain, and rejuvenate itself. In combination with other healthy preventative and proactive habits, these topical applications will help give you the vibrant skin you desire.