Vitamins for Your Skincare Routine

As we slowly move closer to winter, we enter a season of cooler temperatures that are ideal for watersports, outdoor workouts, and farmer’s markets. You may be planning your winter workout schedule or looking forward to organic green smoothies and healthy meals, but have you thought about your skin? Just like your body benefits from your daily vegetable and fruit intake, your skin also benefits from a topical treatment of vitamins and minerals. Many beauty products that are available today are packed with nourishing vitamins that will give your skin a healthy, gorgeous glow. Below are some of the vitamin and minerals we’re adding to our routines.

Vitamin K – This is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in blood clotting. It is also essential for strong bones and a healthy heart. When applied topically, Vitamin K has been shown to reduce bruises and dark circles under the eyes, as well as treat wrinkles.
Try: Exuviance Brightening Bionic Eye Creme – This multi-tasking eye cream targets the delicate skin around the eyes. Vitamin K strengthens the cappilaries to reduce dark circles and a slew of nourishing ingredients reduce fine lines and puffiness.

Copper- Often overlooked in the fashion world, copper is fast becoming one of the beauty industry’s favorite new ingredients. Since the 1970s, copper has been used to help heal wounds and regenerate damaged skin. It also helps increase the production of elastin fibers, which keep skin firm and elastic, making it a valuable anti-aging ingredient.
Try: Bioderma Cicabio Cream – This healing and repairing cream targets every stage of healing to promote healthy skin. Copper promotes skin regeneration and prevents infection, and Bioderma’s soothing Antalgicine Complex calms the skin and minimizes discomfort. This cream is safe enough to use on babies and the most sensitive skin, and can be used on the face and body, making it a must-have for your medicine cabinet.

Zinc – Zinc has traditionally been used to treat skin damaged from burns or wounds. It has also been used to protect the skin by locking in moisture and keeping damaged skin protected from the elements. Another common use for zinc is as an anti-acne ingredient, thanks to its antibacterial properties as well as its soothing and healing abilities.
Try: Dermalogica Clearing Mattifier This medicated product treats oily and acne-prone skin by treating breakouts, clearing out pores, and controlling shine. Zinc’s antibacterial and soothing properties fight acne, salicylic acid clears pores, and green tea reduces redness.

Niacinamide – Also known as Vitamin B3, this vitamin improves the production of ceramides, a type of lipid found in cell membranes that is the key to locking in moisture and keeping irritants out. Sadly, Niacinamide production declines as we age, which is why many of us develop drier skin as we get older. When applied topically, Niacinamide keeps skin hydrated and also helps to even out skin tone and fade hyperpigmentation.
Try: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Toning Spritz – Instantly revive and brighten tired, dull skin with this toning spritzer. This spritz contains soothing rose water and Dragon’s Blood to calm and protect sensitive skin. The groundbreaking formula also contains hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and Vitamin B3 to instantly brighten and lock in moisture for 24 hours.

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