Have you taken your vitamins?

We all know the importance of vitamins in maintaining the health of our insides. But did you know that they’re also super necessary for optimum skin? Beauty IQ spoke to asap creative manager, Debbie Harvey-Evans, for the low-down – plus her suggestions for how you can make sure your intake is sufficient!

In what way do vitamins make a difference to skincare regimes?
As we know, taking our multi-vitamins each day is vital for skin and general health, and applying vitamins topically is no different. Incorporating vitamins into a skincare regime is especially good for the complexion, due to their anti-ageing and collagen-boosting properties, plus how they can really make a difference in preventing premature ageing.

Which in particular are good for the complexion?
Vitamins A, B, C and E.

How do you know which vitamins your own skin would benefit from?
This really depends on the individual’s skin type, health and age etc. Booking a skin analysis with a qualified skin care professional is therefore recommended, so the most beneficial products and vitamins are prescribed to meet the individual’s skin care needs. As a general overview:

– Vitamin Bs:
B3 (niacinamide): Hailed a hero ingredient in skincare, vitamin B3 dramatically boosts skin hydration and stimulates collagen. Scientifically proven to help address skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, sun damage and pigmentation.
B5 (d-panthenol): Actively helps to soothe, soften and hydrate the skin. Especially good for dry and dehydrated skin types. Also aids tissue repair and promotes wound healing.
B9 (folic acid): Shown to promote skin cell turnover, assisting to reduce lines and wrinkles, and improve skin firmness and discolouration from sun exposure and hormonal change. Try asap super B complex, which contains B3, B5 and B9. Also asap ultimate hydration and moisturising daily defence SPF30 contain vitamin B3.

– Vitamin E (Tocopherol): An anti-oxidant that protects from environmental pollution and promotes moisture retention. Vitamin E is a powerful healer, so is excellent for sensitive or sun damaged skin. Try asap advanced eye complex, advanced hydrating moisturiser,ultimate hydration and hydrating lip balm+ SPF15



– Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid): A potent anti-oxidant and an essential ingredient needed to produce collagen in the skin. Vitamin C promotes and stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production, helping to clarify, firm and brighten the complexion. Also helps to prevent and treat pigmentation. Try asap super C serum

– Vitamin A (Retinol): Known for its anti-ageing properties, Vitamin A stimulates the growth of skin cells and ensures maintenance and function of the skin, improving health, elasticity and appearance. It actively smoothes the skin’s surface and assists in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try asap super A+ serum and advanced eye complex


Does it matter how often we use them, or in which format (serum, cream, spray, etc)?
Some vitamins require a slow introduction to a skin regime ie: vitamin A, which should be use sparingly and introduced gradually. Using vitamin-rich serums or creams once or twice a day should be sufficient to start seeing noticeable, great results. Using vitamins in a serum form is particularly beneficial. Serums have a smaller molecular size than most moisturisers, so are able to penetrate deeper into the lower layers of the skin, resulting in faster and longer-lasting results. This is why it is important to apply a serum before a moisturiser.

For somebody that takes vitamins orally or already has a vitamin-rich diet, do they still need vitamins in their skincare?
Topical application is advantageous, as the dose is relatively low. However as the application is localised, it is relatively high for that area. This localised concentration of vitamins helps to actively treat skin conditions, prevent premature ageing and maintain general skin health. Remember the body only delivers a certain percentage of vitamins to the skin now matter how much is ingested.

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