Summer is here, and as the seasons change, you might notice that your skin starts to look and feel a little different. So when it comes to summer skincare, you might choose to switch up your routine for something lighter. But taking care of your body on the inside also has a huge range of benefits for your skin throughout the warmer months.
Many vitamins and minerals support healthy skin, so let’s take a look at which should be your summer skin essentials.
Did you know that your skin contains high concentration of vitamin C, both in the external epidermis and deeper in the dermis? Vitamin C is one of the most commonly taken supplements and boats some amazing benefits for your immunity.
However, it also has antioxidant properties and plays a part in supporting your body’s normal collagen production, helping to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Research has shown that a higher intake of vitamin C is linked to a significantly lower likelihood of skin-aging appearance, such as senile dryness and wrinkled skin.
B vitamins help your body to turn food into energy, supporting your metabolism and helping you to feel less tired. There are 8 different B vitamins – all of which you can find in our Vitamin B-Complex.
With benefits such as improved wound healing, and their role in regenerating cells and retaining skin moisture, almost all of the Bs are vital for healthy skin. For example, vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, has an important role in maintaining the structure of your skin, as well as its quality and tone. While vitamin B7 – or biotin – helps to maintain the health of your cells, keeping your skin glowing and your hair shiny.
You may be familiar with vitamin E as one of the ingredients in your skincare regime, and there’s good reason it’s found in lots of your topical products. Research indicates that vitamin E may play a role in reducing UV damage to skin, thanks to its ability to absorb UV light.
With antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s an essential vitamin for supporting healthy skin. With studies showing that the amount of vitamin E present in our skin begins to decline as we age, a supplement can help you to maintain your intake. Our Skin, Hair & Nails Complex provides 100% of the recommended vitamin E daily intake, alongside 16 other nutrients to promote healthy hair, skin and nails.
Collagen is a type of protein which is found in many areas of your body, including your skin, bones and joints. It’s a major component of your skin, and has been found to improve skin elasticity and texture, as well as hydration, making it a very popular supplement – particularly as our natural collagen production begins to decline as we age. Taking a supplement can help your body to stimulate collagen production and may help to slow the visible signs of aging.
Both our Bovine and Marine Collagen Complexes provide 200mg collagen, with added nutrients including hyaluronic acid and biotin. Hyaluronic acid provides extra support in keeping your skin hydrated, which in turn can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. We know how important biotin is for our skin, but it also can help to protect your hair from becoming weaker, or more brittle, which is perfect for those summer months spent swimming in the salty sea water or chlorine-filled pools.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to have many benefits for your skin health. The fatty acids found in omega-3 (DHA and EPA) have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, and some individuals have reported a reduction in dry skin, as well as skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
Another fish oil which can support your skin health is cod liver oil. Just like omega-3, it contains fatty acids which can help to reduce inflammation, as well as vitamins A and D. Vitamin A promotes natural moisture in your skin, and can even help wounds to heal faster. While vitamin D can help with bacterial skin problems, like some types of acne, thanks to its antimicrobial properties.
While there are lots of vitamins that can help you to take care of your skin health, it’s important to make sure you’re protecting your skin both on the inside and out. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it’s largely made up of water, so drinking plenty of water will help to keep your skin hydrated alongside many other benefits. And most importantly of all, make sure you’re wearing SPF daily to give your skin all the protection it needs.