In my last post I discussed a facial oil that had several different vitamins and oils in it. I said that I would do a post about vitamins next. I am doing that but it's going to be a more short version of the more common vitamins and what they can do. The reason for it is because we are heavily saturated, especially in "green" or "clean" products, with a variety of different vitamins for this concern or that concern. It gets overwhelming and sometimes it gets confusing.
I wont be discussing vitamin supplements for the body, because being someone who has vitamin deficiencies I think it's best to discuss that with your doctor. I also am not going to use this post to tell which product you should buy for that specific vitamin. Simply because there are tons of products, each and every skin has a different concern and a different need. I'm someone who tends to think a skincare regime is best when it's customized to your needs and wants. It's very much a time consuming process to get it down to what you like and also the skin is constantly changing. So naturally we add to and take away as we change, as the seasons change, as our environment changes, etc. Lastly, I'm not going to talk about what vitamins work well with others and the benefits, I think that would be too confusing. This is literally just explaining what each Vitamin is supposed to do topically for skin.
With all that being said lets get into it.
So some Vitamins are antioxidants. "Antioxidant" refers to "anti oxidation" or it "inhibits oxidation". Oxidation is a "chemical reaction that can produce free radicals." Free radicals can cause a chain reaction of damage to the skin. Vitamins A, C, and E ( probably most common and effective being Vitamin C) are antioxidants but some other antioxidants are Coenzyme Q10 or (CoQ10) which is the body's natural antioxidant. In certain percentages it's been beneficial to lessening the look of wrinkles. It helps cellular growth as well as protecting the skin. Another antioxidant is: Alpha-lipoic Acid depending again on its percentage on concentration and working your way into using it, it can be beneficial and help with sun damage.
As with anything it all depends on formula and the concentrations of these vitamins and antioxidants for them to be helpful. Some of them, most notoriously Vitamin C, are unstable therefore not always beneficial for what you need. Or you may possibly just need a higher or lesser percentage. In order to get on the right track I would suggest you first speak to a professional in the skin industry. Meaning a facialist, dermatologist, etc. Reviews are great and I think as you get used to your skincare routine, you're more able to tell if things are helping or too harsh for your skin. However, I see a lot of people that do "too much" typically or they get discouraged because this or that product didn't work for them as it did someone else. Simply, as I said before each skin is different. Skin "types" are a very broad generalization and I find people have better outcomes when they see a "skincare professional" one on one and use products that their skin actually needs.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.