Skin is the body’s biggest organ. It protects against sickness and infection, regulates body temperature, and even assists in the creation of vitamins.
Keeping skin healthy is important for both beauty and general health, even if most of us are more concerned about how to keep skin looking healthy than actually keeping it healthy.
Out of the sun
Keeping out of the sun is the best way to keep skin looking healthy and wrinkle-free.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays provide a healthy-looking tan, but they also cause pigmentation, sunburn, and skin elasticity loss. Wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, dark skin, uneven skin tone, loss of translucency, increased pores, and dryness can result from these factors. Even the greatest genetics, topical skin lightening treatments, and oral skin supplements are useless if one tans cruelly and on a frequent basis.
Keeping out of the sun helps, but if you can’t prevent it, you’ll need to wear sunscreen. This is especially important if you are exposed to the sun for a lengthy amount of time.
Assuming that one is currently cautious about sun exposure, how can we enhance our skin’s health further? We know that certain oral supplements are beneficial to skin health, but which ones are they and how effective are they?
The first category would be vitamins and minerals, which are required for healthy organ function.
The B-complex vitamins and minerals, particularly B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), and B12, can have an impact on skin health (cyancobalamine). Vitamin B1 and B2 deficits are known to induce certain types of dermatitis (a kind of skin inflammation). B12 deficiency is especially harmful to neurons and quickly dividing cells, such as skin cells.
Aside from B vitamins, deficiencies in vitamin C, iron, and copper all have an impact on skin health. All three are necessary for the manufacture of collagen, a crucial structural protein in the skin that fills and tones it.
Vitamin A is essential for the healthy life cycle of skin cells. Skin that is deficient in vitamin A becomes dry, brittle, and prone to wrinkles. Excessive vitamin A consumption, on the other hand, can cause significant toxicity and should be avoided.
Antioxidants that inhibit free radicals include vitamins C and E, as well as beta-carotene. (Free radicals cause skin aging and degeneration.) While the importance of free radicals and anti-oxidants is undeniable, scientific data has not clearly proven whether supplemental vitamins and other micronutrients enhance skin quality and slow the aging process.
Excessive amounts can be as hazardous as deficits, so stick to the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
Oral supplements should be used in conjunction with topical treatments such as sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, creams (ideally with skin whitening ingredients), and moisturizers (preferably with skin lightening agents). Oral supplements have a slower and more subtle impact than topical treatments. Consumers must be realistic in their expectations because effects will almost definitely not be noticed in 7 days or 2 weeks.
We advocate a comprehensive approach to skin health that includes:
- A nutritious diet that includes all food categories as well as vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients.
- Maintain a cheerful, optimistic attitude. Some skin problems, such as acne and eczema, have been shown to be more common among stressed people.
- If you smoke, you should stop. Smoking produces free radicals, disrupts skin microcirculation, and causes tooth darkening and other discoloration.
- Limit your sun exposure and apply a decent sunscreen every day.