When people stop to think about what they put in their mouths and the food they are consuming, it is usually because they are thinking about their weight and health. But for me, I usually think about how what I am eating will affect my skin.
In order to have healthy glowing skin, I take care or it externally and internally. I care for my skin internally by making sure I eat the right foods (which we can talk about in another blog post), but I also make sure to take certain vitamins every day.
This is what I call my daily oral skincare routine and it includes:
Biotin – the tablet I take most religiously because I see the benefits of it clear as day on my hair, skin and nails. Biotin is part of the complex B vitamins and depleting biotin levels play a significant role in skin health, because B vitamins play a key role in the function of our nervous system and our hormonal functions. It’s not just about preventing acne but also rashes, psoriasis, dermatitis and overall itchiness. So taking biotin is simply the best for someone who has sensitive skin all over like me. (this is the one I take and I have also taken this one)
Coconut & Collagen – Nobody really ‘needs’ to take collagen till they are at least 25 and our body’s collagen levels naturally decline. In fact even then, it’s up for debate whether orally taking collagen actually works – I really just take this because I want to. When our collagen levels are low, the first place it to shows is on our skin. Our skin can start to look a little dry and wrinkled and lack a youthful appearance when low in collagen, so I just take this when I’m paranoid really because I like to feel like I’m doing all I can to keep skin plump and healthy. I tend to take the collagen tablets that contain coconut oil in them because it is just so good for us. (this is the one I take)
Vitamin E – this is one of my favourite vitamins because it helps to reduce the appearance of scars and dark marks. This is because vitamin E enhances the process of skin regeneration, (where our dead skin cells are replaced by healthier cells); making our face radiant and more even in tone. When taken orally, vitamin E is delivered to the skin by sebum, the oily secretions produced by sebaceous glands – it protects our cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals and toxins.
Vitamin C – I don’t really need to take a separate tablet to get enough vitamin C because I get plenty of it from my diet. A lot of us know about the brightening effects of using it on our skin but taking it orally is also great because it is an essential part of the skin’s defence system. Our body actively transports it to out skin where it can act as an antioxidant and help strengthen our skin’s barriers. It also helps to shorten wound healing time (one of those wounds being that massive spot I shouldn’t have picked). I see the effects of Vitamin C most when I use my serum which contains it, as the spots I pick heal so much quicker without leaving a horrid mark.
Vitamin A – this vitamin isn’t just good for your eyesight but it contributes to the maintenance of normal skin. Vitamin A is actually in a lot of skincare, but it is just called retinol. I don’t just like to massage vitamin A into my skin at night using my face oil but I take it in a capsule form too.
All of theses vitamins I take orally in capsules but you can just make sure that you are eating foods that are rich in these vitamins. These vitamins are also present in the skincare products I use externally.
I am not a health professional. Please do consult your doctor before taking any new vitamins or medication.