Seeking skin radiance, a collagen boost or immune defence? Achieve these #HealthGoals found from vitamins present in our cosmetics and food supplements!
Back in France we grew up with the slogan “5 fruits and vegetables a day”. It was true for the older generations when an apple would give you up to 400mg of Vitamin C… But today our standardised and mass-produced apples hardly reach 4mg… Quite a gap, right?
We also used to eat lots of raw foods rich in vitamins which is no longer the case and today most households use a microwave. Add to this a busy lifestyle, stress and pollution that dig into our vitamins reserve… It becomes a recipe for disaster!
So, what can we do? We need to get our vitamin fix through food or through skincare! Here are our best tips on what key ingredients to look for to achieve a radiant and juicy complexion.
An antioxidant that increases the skin's tolerance to the sun, reduces UV damage and boosts skin radiance. It also acts on collagen and increases cell renewal.
On the plate? Vitamin A can be found in animal-origin food as well as colourful food rich in beta-carotene such as carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, egg yolk and salmon.
In skincare? Known as retinol, this superpower vitamin can exfoliate the skin, smooth and refine its texture and bring back radiance. It also boosts the production of collagen and elastin, which helps the skin bounce back and keep looking youthful.
The personal bodyguard of our skin cells against daily aggression, it helps to reinforce our immune defence. Something we all need during winter months. However, the only weakness is that it’s the one vitamin that the body doesn’t know how to synthesise, therefore diet and food supplements are the way to go to renew our personal reserve.
On the plate? You can find Vitamin C in citrus, leeks, broccolis, strawberries, kiwis.
In skincare? Ingested Vitamin C doesn’t really make its way to the skin. That’s where skincare comes to the rescue. Even more so if you live in the city where the cocktail of UVA/UVB + pollution can create much more damage. Our recommendation: use in the morning will help prevent dark spots, wrinkles and will fight dull complexion. Applied at night, it will boost collagen production.
The main actor in the skin ageing process, it helps the skin to maintain strong collagen fibres and elastin to keep it supple. Vitamin E also strengthens and protects the skin long term.
On the plate? You can find it in extra virgin oils but also peanuts, spinach, pumpkin or red capsicum.
This trending ingredient is loved by major skincare companies because it is suitable for all skin types, from very dry to oily skin. A booster of collagen, it helps regenerate the epidermis. Day after day, Vitamin B3 makes the skin smoother and refines its texture.
On the plate? Vitamin B3 is commonly found in beer yeast, tuna, salmon, milk, coffee, tea, legumes and seeds.
In skincare? Commonly known as Vitamin PP or Niacinamide, it helps fight against daily aggression, stimulates skin repair, soothes inflammations, tightens pores and improves overall dark spots, sunspots and acne scars. A winning multitasker!
Our picks: Bioderma Hydrabio Serum and Embryolisse Radiant Eye.
With hydrating properties and skin healing benefits, it also contributes to skin regeneration helping achieve firmer skin for longer.
On the plate? It can be found in broccoli, avocado, cauliflower, mushrooms, celery and whole meal cereals.
In skincare? Also known as panthenol or pro vitamin B5, it is a hydrating booster and a skin healer. It soothes immediately and enhances skin renewal. This ingredient is often found in “cica” cream. Did you know: you won’t find it in organic cosmetics, as it doesn’t exist in a natural state.
Our picks: ISISPharma Vitiskin Hydrogel for Pigmented Skin and Filorga NCEF-Reverse Cream.
The queen of hydration in the ingredient list with the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
On the plate? Leafy greens like kale, lettuce, collard greens, bok choy and spinach. These vitamin-rich foods contain magnesium, which aids in the production of hyaluronic acid in the body.