Five Vitamins You Need for Great Skin and Hair

A, B, C and D aren’t just letters of the alphabet -- they’re vitamins that are essential for your skin and hair. Vitamins provide nutrients that we need to function and stay healthy. They are not only available as supplements, but in the foods we eat. Here are five vitamins that will keep your skin and hair looking its best.

1. Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps renew skin cells and produces sebum, an oily substance that helps prevent hair and skin from drying out. Sebum acts as a natural moisturizer and conditioner for a healthy scalp and healthy-looking hair. It comes in two forms: retinol (animal sources) and beta carotene (plant and animal sources). Some foods that contain Vitamin A are carrots, eggs, sweet potatoes, spinach, cheese and peaches. Lack of vitamin A can result in dry, rough skin. Make sure the majority of vitamin A provided is in the form of beta-carotene.

2. Vitamin B: Vitamin B contains the nutrient biotin that encourages hair growth. Biotin may also increase nail thickness and firmness. Vitamin B comes in different types such as B1, B2, B5, B12 and more. All aid healthy skin and nails. Vitamin B is found in oatmeal, rice, eggs, peanuts and bananas. Lack of Vitamin B can cause hair loss.

3. Vitamin C: Vitamin C, which is advertised in orange juice, can help produce collagen. Collagen is a protein that is used to connect and support body tissues and some refer to it as “the glue that holds the body together.” Vitamin C also promotes good circulation and plumpness in the skin and hair. Foods that contain vitamin C are citrus fruits, leafy greens, cauliflower and bell peppers.

4. Vitamin E: Vitamin E helps protect the skin from ultraviolet rays and retains moisture and elasticity. Also, vitamin E can help reduce the appearance of scars and dry skin. Along with vitamin A, it is known to slow down aging in cells. Vitamin E can be applied topically or taken orally for skin protection. Many lotions contain vitamin E. It is found in sunflower seeds, almonds, vegetable oils, olives and nuts.

5. Zinc: Zinc is a mineral that plays an important role in the renewal of skin cells by maintaining moisture in the skin and refreshing complexion. It has antioxidant properties and helps protect cells from free-radicals (molecules responsible for aging and tissue damage). Also, zinc has been known to reduce stretch marks and prevent skin sagging, a two for one deal. Whole grains, legumes and red meat are full of zinc.

The road to healthy skin and hair begins and ends with vitamins. Take care of these important features with vitamin creams and supplements and by maintaining a balanced diet. You can have the beautiful skin and hair you want.

By: Stephanie Scott | Image: Source

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