Over the last 8-10 years I have really been on a journey of wellness through holistic medicine and healing using vitamins, supplements and nutrition to keep me happy and healthy. I mean, I still take ibuprofen and my thyroid meds (let’s not get crazy,) but at the same time I make sure I’m feeding my body really well with everything that it needs to not just function but to thrive!
I’ve always incorporated “Hair, Skin, and Nails” type supplements into my routine and I can always tell a big difference in my hair and nails- my skin? Not so much. Here’s what I’ve recently learned.
Only a very small portion of the vitamins we ingest orally ever make it to our skin, no matter how much we take. That’s because our body’s other organs absorb them first Usually what’s left is flushed away (if you know what I mean) before it makes it to your skin. Also, when you are taking a vitamin internally, there’s no way to target problem areas on your skin that these vitamins are known to help with, like crow’s feet and brown spots.
Thankfully, there are so many products on the market now that can be applied topically and deliver real benefits from vitamins directly into your skin- if they have the right delivery system.
Here comes a superhero…
Enter Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera gel is able to penetrate your skin four times faster and five layers deeper than even water. Water penetrates to the second layer of your skin cells, Aloe Vera goes into all 7 layers. Not only that, Aloe Vera itself is loaded with good-for-skin vitamins, like A, C, E, B, and even folic acid. It’s like God’s most perfect gift to skin. Also, because of its ability to penetrate skin cells so deeply, it acts as a carrier for any other super healthy serum it’s mixed into.
Let’s talk about what these vitamins can do for YOUR skin, and then I’ll recommend some products to try!
- Vitamin A- I always say “A is for acne and aging.” Vitamin A is an antioxidant that fights free radicals*, a humectrant to draw extra moisture into skin, and it protects against the UVA rays of the sun (these are the aging rays.) Not only that, but vitamin A also stimulates new skin cell growth, prevents clogged pores, and regulates sebum (oil) production.
Vitamin A is great for acne, wrinkles, age spots, and rough bumpy skin.
Other names for Vitamin A: Retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate
- Vitamin B3- I love Vitamin B3! This is probably my favorite vitamin for skincare. B3 is a major multi-tasker. It acts as a hydrator and redness reducer and boosts your skin’s ceramides and fatty acids. Vitamin B3 reduces sebum production to help control breakouts, and slows melanin to help prevent sun and age spots.
Vitamin B3 is great for rosacea, acne, dry AND oily skin, age spots, and acne.
Other names for Vitamin B3: Niacinamide, Niacin
- Vitamin C- Probably one of the most popular topical vitamins in skincare- Vitamin C is a heavy hitter. It has antioxidant properties as well to battle those free radicals. C also helps to increase cell turnover rates to keep fresh, young, healthy skin on the surface. Vitamin C has been proven to lighten sun and age spots with little to no side effects.
Vitamin C is great for all skin types and is basically the unicorn of all skin vitamins.
Other names for Vitamin C: ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate
- Vitamin E- This is a classic skincare vitamin because of it’s ability to strengthen skin and reduce water loss. Many body lotions will tout their Vitamin E content because of it’s ability to minimize scars and stretch marks. It’s also a really cool vitamin because it helps maintain your skin’s oil balance during cleansing.
Vitamin E is great for dry skin and skin prone to scarring.
Other names for Vitamin E: Tocopherol
*Free radicals are basically bullies. They’re unstable molecules that are missing electrons from their outer shell. Like your little sister that always wanted to tag along with you and your friends, FR’s attach to healthy atoms or molecules to try and stabilize. This stresses out all of the cells and damages everyone. Free radicals come from pollution, sunlight, smoking, pesticides, and poor nutrition. Antioxidants fight free radicals. Vitamins have antioxidants. Yay!
Find what’s right for you.
All vitamins for skin are certainly not created equal. Never apply anything to your precious face without doing your own research. Earlier I mentioned that Aloe Vera was basically the Earth Mother of topical vitamin carriers. I adore that my brand, Aloette Cosmetics, formulates many of our products with pure, cold processed, organic Aloe Vera as one of the first ingredients. We don’t stop there! We add in more vitamins as well as botanicals like green tea and kombucha. Combined with other anti-aging ingredients like peptides and hyulauronic acid to deliver real, visible results without stressing your skin out.
Here are a few of my favorite products that feature some of the vitamins I mentioned and more!
Nutri-Hydrating Mist Daily Replenishing Face And Body Spray
Aloeganic aloe vera, silk amino acids, and vitamins A, E, C and B5 enrich this intensely hydrating spray that works to replenish your skin’s moisture level, leaving you with a glowing, healthy complexion. Keep one in your purse to quench thirsty skin on the go!
Pure Radiance Revitalizing Cleanser
Pure Radiance Revitalizing Cleanser is an amazing age-defying cleanser containing the skin-brightening Lumitone Complex, soothing allantoin, Vitamin C, aloe vera, amino acids and lactic acid that helps stimulate cell turnover for a refreshed complexion.
Time Restore Firming Serum
Time Restore Firming Serum is a clinically tested herbal cocktail that works to smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a more youthful-looking radiance. The renewing power of Time Restore has made it one of Aloette’s best sellers for decades. Contains Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Aloe Vera.
Be Picture Perfect Foundation
Perfect the look of your complexion with this long-wear, 12-hour liquid foundation that effortlessly covers imperfections and conceals uneven texture. Infused with good-for-your-skin ingredients, this formula helps improve the skin’s appearance with each use. Achieve natural-looking coverage as this foundation dries down to a demi-matte finish that pairs well with all skin types. Contains B3 (Niacinamide) and Vitamin E. Skincare, meet makeup.
All of the above mentioned items plus so many more vitamin enriched skincare products can be found when you shop on Aloette’s website. If you already have a consultant- I hope she links her site when she shares this article!
If you’re not familiar with Aloette and want to check out my personal site, you can find it right here! If I haven’t made it abundantly clear, I am an Aloette franchise owner and will earn a commission if you shop that link!
Mindy Boyd is a wife, mom, writer, podcaster, and business owner. She has 16 years of real life experience in the skincare industry as well and leading, training, motivating and mentoring women across North America. She’s also an excellent Googler and gets most of her info off of the world wide web.