It Is as Easy as ABC & E: Keeping Your Skin Healthy with Vitamins

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During the summer, the sun and its damaging UV rays can take a dramatic toll on our skin. Like the rest of the body, our skin depends on a healthy diet. A balanced diet full of vitamins keeps your skin looking and feeling healthy. When combined with powerful in-office skincare treatments, a healthy diet can help boost your skin’s health.

Nourish your skin from the inside out! Make sure to get enough of these vitamins—and try these skincare recommendations from Dr. Paine and our expert staff at the Healing Springs Medical Spa.

Vitamin A

A lack of Vitamin A causes dry, rough skin. Vitamin A repairs damaged skin tissue. Over time, our skin’s natural elasticity is broken down—Vitamin A replenishes and rebuilds the skin’s elastic fibers. Strong elastic fibers keep your skin tight and wrinkle free.

Try:

  • Egg Yolks
  • Squash
  • Cantaloupe

Tailored to meet your skin’s unique needs, facials can cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize your skin—all important elements of strong skin elasticity.

Vitamin B

Our skin becomes dry, scaly, and itchy when our body lacks Vitamin B. Vitamin B is not only important in the formation of healthy skin cells, but is integral for healthy hair and nails.

Try:

  • Bananas
  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts

Don’t forget to slough away unhealthy skin cells—our exfoliants of choice Jan Marini Bioglycolic Body Scrub, or our body treatments such as Healing Spring’s Exfoliating Body Scrub. More than just smoothing away dulling surface debris, our scrub also restores vital nutrients to the skin.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C increases your body’s ability to produce collagen, a protein that increases skin stability and firmness. Full of antioxidants, Vitamin C protects the skin from sun damage and free radicals by decreasing cell damage and stimulating the body’s natural healing process

Try:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Guava
  • Vitamin C is prevalent in herbs, season your food with cilantro, chives, thyme, parsley, or basil.

Chemical peels can also decrease cell damage and help to minimize the visible effects of sun damage like hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin E

By absorbing UV rays, Vitamin E minimizes the damage that the sun has on our skin. Vitamin E protects the cell membrane. By speeding up the skin’s natural repair cycle, Vitamin E prevents from further damage

Try:

  • Seeds
  • Olives
  • Mangos

Don’t forget sun protection! Nothing protects the skin better than a liberal application of a broad spectrum sunscreen.

Bonus! Water

Water is imperative to skin health. Water flushes toxins from the skin and body.  By delivering nutrients to the cells, water keeps our skin full and plump, allowing the skin to appear firmer and younger. Drinking water is great, but know that you can get water from other sources such as fruits and vegetables. Water-dense foods are great: made up of 96% water, cucumbers and tomatoes are an easy way to hydrate your skin. Looking for something sweet? Strawberries and watermelon are 92% water and can help satisfy your sugar cravings.

We love our Body Therapy Hydro Packs! This nutrient-based treatment soothes and hydrates the skin—perfect for those in need of some TLC after a day spent basking in the sun. Consider this the renewing facial for the body.

This summer, feed your skin! Balancing your vitamin intake as well as seeking out the best in office treatments can replenish and repair the damaging effects of summer sun exposure—all helping you to achieve a healthy summer glow.