Vitamins and Aging
Since your skin is a visible reminder of the aging process, vitamins that can help you achieve younger-looking skin are important for any anti-aging regimen. What follows is an assessment of vitamins that are especially important for healthy skin.
Vitamin C can improve your skin by protecting it from the sun's UV rays. It also helps skin recover from sun damage or other types of irritation [source: Davis]. And vitamin C is found in a lot of fruits and vegetables, so it's easy to get an adequate serving every day.
Another anti-aging powerhouse is vitamin E. This may be one of the most important antioxidants of all, because in addition to making free radicals inactive, it can actually protect cells from damage. Some experts believe it may reduce the development of cells that cause cancer, as well as diminish wrinkles and lines in the skin. Vitamin E is found in whole grains, oats, dairy products and nuts [source: Warner].
While E and C have proven effective in reversing the effects of aging, there are other vitamins that can help, too. You'll find retinol, a vitamin A derivative, in many anti-aging face creams. Research has shown that wrinkled skin treated with retinol-based lotion shows marked improvement in texture and appearance [source: WebMD]. Deficiencies in vitamin A sometimes result in skin problems such as dry, flaking skin, but this antioxidant is pretty easy to come by via fruits and vegetables.
Experts also say that B complex vitamins, especially biotin, are essential for healthy skin, and low levels of these may result in dry or irritated skin. Look for biotin in bananas, eggs, oatmeal and rice [source: Bouchez].
For more information about food and skin, read Food and Skin: Fast Facts.
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