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Guide to skincare vitamins

  • 4 min read

Knowing the benefits of different vitamin-enriched skincare products can help you to make the best choices for your skin. Your skin thrives with a vitamin-centred skincare routine.

If you’re wondering what the vitamins in your favourite skincare products actually do, then read on. We explain the importance of vitamins in skincare and uncover why so many skincare brands are keen to share their vitamin content with you.

Discover how Vitamin E benefits the skin, what Vitamin C does for your complexion, and why you should choose products containing Vitamin A for skincare. It’ll make you as keen to take your skincare vitamins as much as the supplements you take to complement your diet!

Vitamin A for skin

Vitamin A, which is also termed as a retinoid, is an important ingredient in skincare products. It encourages cells to regenerate faster to improve elasticity and boost collagen, and can also offer some protection against harmful UV rays – although it should never be relied on as a sunscreen replacement. 

When applied topically as a skincare product, Vitamin A can also visibly reduce the appearance of open pores and pigmentation spots to achieve a healthier-looking complexion. Skincare products containing Vitamin A helps to prevent breakouts, while supporting the skin’s immune system. That’s right, like eating your greens is good for your health, so is taking Vitamin A via the skin.

Choose a night cream that contains Vitamin A to really reap the benefits. Our Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid & Blueberry Extract is rich in Vitamin A and works overnight to regenerate the skin for a healthier complexion. 

Vitamin B for skin

When used in skincare products, vitamin B is an antioxidant that can reduce the signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking. The most common B vitamins found in topical skincare are: 

  • Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) – reduces the appearance of blemishes and fine lines associated with ageing and improves the function of the skin’s natural barrier.
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – a humectant (a moisture-loving ingredient) that draws water into the top layer of skin for a firmer, plumper-looking complexion.
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) – can be applied topically to address skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and reduce dryness and inflammation.

Vitamin C for skin

Vitamin C is widely recognised as one of the best skincare ingredients to reduce the signs of ageing. It’s hydrating, skin brightening and can help to fade pigmentation – so what’s not to love? It’s great to get from the inside as part of your healthy diet, but it can be applied topically too, directly reaching your skin.

Vitamin C can also act as an anti-inflammatory, which helps to even out skin tone and reduce redness. This wonder vitamin can help to minimise the appearance of dark circles under the eyes by plumping and hydrating the delicate skin around the eye.

Applying Vitamin C topically by using a face serum is the best way to reap the benefits and increase hydration to your skin. Our Organic Face Serum with Coffee Oil is rich in Vitamin C and should be applied morning and evening for a skin-firming complexion boost. It is also 100% certified organic, vegan-friendly and suitable for all skin types.

Vitamin D for skin

Widely known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, Vitamin D contributes to skin cell repair and regrowth. It’s an antioxidant that fights against the free-radicals which cause signs of ageing. Indeed, our skin’s relationship with Vitamin D is complex and important.

Our bodies produce Vitamin D through being outdoors in sunlight – it’s our skin that’s crucial here, but often in the winter, a little helping hand from a skincare product rich in Vitamin D can help to maintain good skin health all year round. What’s more, every adult in the UK should be taking a Vitamin D supplement during the winter months.

Vitamin D also plays a crucial part in maintaining a protective skin barrier and healthy hair. So if your skin is feeling dry and sallow, or your hair feels brittle and thin, then choosing skin and hair care products that are rich in the sunshine vitamin will help to brighten your complexion and revitalise your hair.

Vitamin E for skin

Vitamin E is an important nutrient that our bodies need to support our immune system. There are also many benefits of Vitamin E for skin, as it is high in antioxidants which boost circulation. This is one reason why many people notice that their skin feels firmer and looks more youthful after topical use of skincare products rich in Vitamin E.

If you’re prone to breakouts, Vitamin E can also reduce the oxidation of sebum in pores and prevent blackheads. Vitamin E oil can even help to absorb the sun’s harmful UV rays when applied topically to minimise damage to the skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots caused by UV rays.

The hydrating properties of Vitamin E make it ideal for use in moisturisers to seal in water and smooth out dry or dehydrated skin. Our award-winning Face Moisturiser with Vitamin E is a fast-absorbing cream, suitable for day or night time use that helps to lock in moisture and nourish the skin. The Vitamin E in our moisturiser is derived from argan powder, which has been combined with blood orange, aloe vera and cocoa butter to soothe and rejuvenate the complexion.

Get the right vitamins for your skin

Taking care of your skin should play an important part in your overall healthcare routine as it is your body’s largest organ. 

Ensuring you get enough vitamins in your diet will help to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. But by combining this with skincare products enriched with vitamins, you can boost the moisture in your skin and reduce the effects of sun damage, dark spots, blemishes and redness.

For more virtuous vitamin skincare products check out our UpCircle Skincare Shop.