How to Use Vitamins for the Face

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Vitamin supplements can be taken orally or put on the skin topically. Some vitamins will help your facial skin regardless of how it is used, while others are more beneficial if they are ingested. There are a variety of face lotions and other products on the market that contain vitamins, but you need quite a bit of information before you run out and purchase the one that appears to have the greatest number of vitamins in it.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial cream containing vitamin E and C
  • Vitamin A supplements
  • Understand which vitamins are better for your face when applied topically and which vitamins provide more nutrients to your skin when ingested via liquid or tablet form. Some vitamins, such as vitamin C, will help your skin in terms of producing collagen regardless of whether or not it is ingested or applied topically. However, vitamin C shows more immediate changes when applied topically to the skin.

  • Check with a doctor or dermatologist before using any new vitamin-enriched creams or taking any vitamin supplements. If you have pre-existing health conditions or if you may be pregnant, you should definitely consult your primary physician prior to taking any new supplements, as they may interact with any prescription medications you are already taking. If you are using prescription skin care from a dermatologist, consult with him prior to using a new face cream, as the vitamins could interact with the medication in the prescription cream.

  • Read up on the benefits of vitamins A, C and E for skin health. These are the three main vitamins found in face creams. Vitamin A is used to help soften the skin, but it is found that it is more valuable via oral vitamins than when applied topically. Vitamin C helps reduce redness in the skin and helps build collagen in the skin, making it appear more supple. Both oral vitamins and topical face cream containing vitamin C have been shown to help facial skin health. Vitamin E is known for its antioxidant capabilities. It helps with scarring of the skin when applied topically and also helps reduce free radicals that can cause wrinkling of the skin.

  • Choose a topical cream that will benefit the trouble you are having with your skin. If your skin is dry, you may just need a vitamin A enriched cream, but if your face is dry and red, you should lean toward a cream that offers both vitamins A and C.

  • Read all ingredients found in any face lotion before using it. Some may have other ingredients besides the vitamins, and you must be sure you do not have allergies to any of the ingredients prior to using the new lotion, or you risk making your skin look worse.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't buy just any face lotion because it claims to have vitamins in it. Read the label carefully to find out how much of a certain vitamin the lotion contains, then use your judgment to decide whether or not the type of vitamin in the lotion will benefit your skin topically, or if you should just purchase a vitamin tablet to help you face look better.
  • Be careful when taking additional vitamin supplements to your diet if you have pre-existing health conditions or if you may be pregnant. If you are pregnant or have health conditions, be sure to check with your doctor before taking any type of dietary supplements.

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