Achieving Youthful Healthy Skin with Vitamins A, C and E
by: Charlene J. Nuble  
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 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.


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This article was posted on August 31, 2005

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