The ABCs of Vitamins And What They Do For Your Hair And Skin

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You know that they're good for you and that you should take them every morning, but do you know what they do for your overall appearance? It's time to learn the ABC's of vitamins and what they'll do to improve your skin, hair, and general good looks.

Vitamin A -The Fountain of Youth

Vitamin A is most commonly associated with anti-aging products, giving it the reputation for being a sort of youth serum. In skincare products Vitamin A is listed as retin A, retinyl palmitate, or retinol. These ingredients work to reduce lines and smooth skin by encouraging collagen production. 

One must be careful with this vitamin because it can also cause skin dryness and sun sensitivity, so use it in moderation and do not use it if you expect to be out in the sun for long periods of time.

Vitamin B3 -The Redness Reducer

Vitamin B3, also know as niacinamide, reduces redness due to acne or inflammation. It is also great for dry skin because it's a great skin hydrator. 

Vitamin B5 - The Smooth Hydrator

Vitamin B5, also listed as Panthenol, is found in both haircare and skincare products. It's know for attracting moisture from the air and hydrating the surface it's applied to. It also has a silky, easy to apply hand that allows it to spread smoothly across skin and hair. 

Vitamin C -The Dark Spot Buster

Vitamin C reduces dark spots and brightens ones complexion. Common forms of Vitamin C are Ascorbic acid and  Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, but there are many more forms of this powerful anti-aging vitamin. 

Vitamin D -The Anti Depressant

Most of us get our Vitamin D from our daily exposure to the sun. But some of us are vitamin D deficient, resulting in overall reduced health. Vitamin D deficiency is connected to both depression and heart disease. Few have studied the effects of this vitamin on the appearance of skin and hair but some claim it reduces the appearance of everything from wrinkles to age spots.

Vitamin E -The Free Radical Killer

Vitamin E (aka Tocopherol acetate) is an antioxidant that prevents free radicals from oxidizing. If you're not sure what that means you can find out more here, but in laymen's terms it means it prevents wrinkles and dark spots.Taking Vitamin E supplements have even been shown to reduce a person's ability to get sunburns from UVB rays; pretty cool!

Like Vitamin A, Vitamin E is best in moderation and one shouldn't apply pure vitamin E oil to the skin as it may cause irritation.

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