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Vitamin B for your Skin

Vitamin B for your SkinWe all know that getting sufficient vitamins in our diet will benefit our bodies as well as our skin. But which vitamins do we need to be most concerned about? And what about vitamins in our skin care products? Research is showing that the B complex vitamins can benefit our skin, both when ingested and when put on the skin topically. But with the large variety of B vitamins that are available, how do we know which ones are best for our skin?

 

Types of B Vitamins

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) helps in your cardiovascular health. And better blood flow leads to glowing, healthy skin. Make sure that you are getting plenty of this essential vitamin in your diet or through supplementation. Vitamins B-3 (niacin) and B-5 (pantothenic acid) are helpful in keeping skin hydrated. And we all know that hydrated skin will appear plumper, healthier, and show signs of aging much more slowly. These nutrients are important to include in your diet, but you can find them in some skin care products as well. Vitamin B-5 is particularly popular in some skin care products, because of its moisturizing properties. In fact, some women prefer this ingredient to vitamin E, since vitamin E has been known to cause skin irritation in some women. Vitamin B-5 has also been used to treat acne in some people with success.

 

Getting B Complex Vitamins in your Diet

The first place to go for your B vitamins is to your diet. Getting a sufficient amount of these nutrients will be as beneficial to your skin as it will to your body. To get a good variety of the B vitamins into your system, it is important to eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of healthy foods from all of the sections of the food pyramid. Foods that are especially good choices include leafy greens, beans and peas, meats and fish and dairy products. Fortified cereals are another good way to ensure that you are getting your daily requirements of the B complex vitamins. You can also take a supplement that will ensure that any nutrients that might be lacking in your diet will be covered.

 

Getting B Complex Vitamins in your Skin Care

If you want to ensure that your B vitamins are getting directly to your skin, look for skin care products that include this important ingredient. Your best bet is to look for moisturizers that contain niacin and pantothenic acid. These ingredients will indicate to you that this is a product that will give you ultimate moisture retention and hydration of your skin through these essential nutrients. For healthier skin, make sure that you are getting those B complex vitamins through your diet and your skin care program.

 

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