How vitamins affect your skin.

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When we have a problem with our skin, the first place that we treat is always the skin itself. When, very often the problem lies deeper than the epidermis. What we put into our bodies makes a big difference to the skin.

Vitamin C: An antioxidant, this vitamin is essential to skin health. It helps your body to fight free radicals (molecules that can damage and age the skin, caused by environment, smoking, or ultra violet rays) Vitamin C is also necessary for enabling the skin to heal wounds, without it, wounds will heal much more slowly or not at all. Vitamin C also aids the production of collagen, this helps the skin to repair itself and keep its elasticity.

Vitamin A: Another antioxidant that helps skin cells to develop. It also helps the skin to retain its elasticity. Vitamin A deficiency can be recognised by the sufferer having dry, scaly skin.

Vitamin E: Needed by the body as both an antioxidant, and to regulate the levels of vitamin A (an overdose can be incredibly dangerous, even fatal). This vitamin is used in many skin creams, as it is an excellent moisturiser.

Vitamin B: Promoting healthy skin, eyes, hair, brain function and intestinal function, vitamin B is essential for skin health.  It balances hormones (which is why it is now widely used in acne treatment) aids red blood cell production and helps maintain fluid balance (when fluid is retained in the skin, it appears swollen and puffy)

Iron: Needed for red blood cell production and healing. When there is not enough iron in the body, it is directed to where it is needed the most (the vital organs) and away from the skin, nails and hair. When someone is lacking iron, their skin is usually very pale and they have dark circles under their eyes.

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