Achieving Youthful Healthy Skin with Vitamins A, C and E
by Charlene J. Nuble  
minerals that help to keep skin healthy and thus be able to serve its vital role in the
protection of the body.

Antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are very important to
healthy skin because it is these vitamins that share in the responsibility of controlling
the damage that free radicals byproducts of energy production within the body and of
environmental contaminants such as air pollution produce. Among the several types
of damage done by free radicals is the destruction of collagen and elastin which are
fibers that support the skin and keeps it looking supple. As these are damaged
wrinkles and a lack of that youthful firmness can occur. Vitamin C also plays a part in
the production of collagen making it essential to the function and look of the skin.
Recent studies have found that Vitamin C and E used together may help to repair
sun-damaged skin.

Vitamin A has its own important role in skin health and beauty in addition to its
anti-oxidant properties. In terms of diet even small deficiencies can negatively affect
the skin causing flakiness and dryness. Dryness can make lines and wrinkles that are
much more apparent. Its primary use however, is as a topical solution for the
treatment of severe acne and the reduction of lines and wrinkles themselves. Recent
research has showed that a topical solution that contains both Vitamin A and Vitamin
C can in some cases reverse the damage done by the aging process and by
sun-damage.

Deficiencies in the Vitamin B complex can leave the skin prone to cracking, bleeding
and dangerous skin lesions that allow all kinds of bacteria, viruses and other
contaminants to easily enter the body. But in terms of strictly cosmetic concerns
even a little shortage of the Vitamin B complex can result in scaly and poorly textured
skin. Topical preparations have been found to play an important role in the hydrating
of skin cells leading to noticeably firmer and healthier looking skin.

Vitamin K has been found to relieve those awful dark circles under the eyes. Some
research has found that creams made up of both Vitamin K and Vitamin A are more
effective than those that just contain Vitamin K but researchers are still following up
on these results.

Minerals important to the look and to the health of the skin include selenium, copper
and zinc. Selenium whether used as a topical solution or taken in the form of a
dietary supplement is thought to play a big role in the prevention of skin cancer.
Copper, zinc and Vitamin C work together to form elastin which helps to support skin
keeping it firm and healthy.

Topical solutions and dietary supplements can help to keep the skin healthy and
youthful in appearance. However, it is important to recognize that these are powerful
substances and using them within the standard guidelines of dosage is essential to
good health. There is such a thing as too much of abusing such natural healing
powers which could then result to a not so pretty sight. But when used correctly
however, your skin can look better than ever.


About The Author

Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information about Vitamins, please
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We all want healthy skin. While
the main reasons for pursuing
healthy skin tend to be purely
shallow and cosmetic in nature,
healthy skin is beautiful and
keeps us looking younger than
our years and there are actually
some practical health benefits to
maintaining the good health for
our skin.  The purpose of the skin
is to act as a barrier. It serves to
prevent bacteria, viruses and
other contaminants from
entering the body and causing
infection, illness and disease.  
There are many vitamins and
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