A recent article in the Los Angeles Times Health section debunked the claims of some recently hyped anti-aging vitamins. Proleva, a supplement that includes all the latest antioxidants: green tea, acai berries and resveratrol and Vivida, which contains algae, do not have scientific studies to back up their claims. Click here for more.
For now it may be better to eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables and take a multivitamin than to spend a lot on special oral vitamin supplements to improve the health of your skin. No matter how much healthy food and vitamins you ingest, only a small percentage of vitamins are delivered to the skin.
The best way to prevent and reverse signs of aging is to apply anti-aging vitamins directly to the skin. Here are the top vitamins to give your skin a healthier glow.
Vitamin A: Best overall anti-age fighter
Available in over the counter retinol creams such as Neturogena Retinol NX as well as prescription strength products such as Renova , Retin A and Refissa.
How to use : Apply topical Vitamin A products or retinoids ( as they are known) at night. All of these products can cause irritation, redness and peeling at first. To minimize that start off 2-x/week and gradually increase to nightly. A moisturizer may be applied afterward. All retinoids increase sun sensitivity, making very inportant to use a daily sunscreen. After several months your skin will be smoother, fine lines will be reduced and brown spots will be lighter. These benefits have been proven by more than 700 published research studies.
Vitamin B3: Reduces Redness and Helps Hydration
La Roche Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness Moisturizer and Olay Regnerist Micro Sculpting Cream both contain B3 or niacinamide.
How to Use
Apply twice daily for best results. Flushing or blushing from rosacea will improve. And, this vitamin increases production of fatty acids in the skin helping the skin to retain moisture. It can be used with a retinoid to reduce irritation.
Vitamin C: Boosts the Skin’s UV Defense
Skin Medica Dermal Repair ( contains C and E) Active C from La Roche Posay, Skinceuticals Vitamin C Serum. There are many other Vitamin C serums and creams. Look for products with at least 5% V itamin C in the form of ascorbic acid. The bottles should be opaque and able to seal tightly to maintain Vitamin C activity – light will deactivate it.
How to Use :
Vitamin C can be used morning or evening to help repair free radicals generated by sun damage. When used with sunscreen in the morning, it has been shown to prevent sunburn. Vitamin C is often combined with vitamin E, known as alpha tocopherol, in antiaging creams. Vitamin C combined with vitamin E provides 4x the antioxidant activity, helping to repair skin from sun damage.
Using at least 2 of the products mentioned above, combined with a broad spectrum sunscreen will result in younger looking, healthier skin within 3-6 months.