For the past 2 years I’ve been really focused on taking better care of my skin. While I’m taking better care of what I put on my skin, it’s also important to nourish my skin from within. Here’s a guide to the essential vitamins you need for beautiful skin and how to get them into your diet. Vitamins A, C, E, K and B Complex are beneficial for beautiful, healthy skin.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant found in abundance in papaya, bell peppers, pineapple, strawberries, citrus fruits, broccoli and leafy greens. Studies show that foods high in vitamin C can help protect skin from harmful UV rays by increasing the effectiveness of sunscreen. It is also required to build collagen – actually our bodies can’t do it without vitamin C.
As we age, our bodies lose the ability to produce collagen at the same rate as when we were young. Adding that extra vitamin C can help reduce sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Getting enough vitamin C also boosts immunity. In addition to eating your daily dose, look for topical skin creams with included vitamin C for even more anti-aging benefits.
Vitamin C is best acquired from the very freshest fruits and veggies. The amount of vitamin C declines after the produce has been picked or cooked. Eat raw, locally grown veggies and fruit for the highest amounts of natural vitamin C.
Some Vitamin C sources:
Kale and other leafy greens, broccoli, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, parsley, cauliflower, spinach, fennel, peas, carrots, kiwi fruit and papaya.