Your skin, as one of the largest organs of your body, needs all the support that it can get. The best option is generally to eat a balanced diet to ensure your body gets all that it needs to keep you healthy all over. You’re probably familiar with at least some nutrients that are good for your skin. Vitamin A, C, and E tend to come up frequently in skincare circles. They are useful for their various benefits, but you frequently see that recommendation that you get them “naturally”. Depending on who you ask, natural nutrients can mean a lot of things. Some people insist that you can get them from supplements if you know the right ones to take. You do need nutrients to keep your skin health, but what is the truth to which ones your need? Are there any others beyond the big three? We’re going to take a quick look into the more scientific side of beauty to get these answer.
Ignore anyone who tells you that you can get nutrients naturally from supplements. Supplements are…an iffy proposition at best. They are a mostly unregulated part of the pharmaceutical industry. That means the standards of production and other aspects are a bit more lax than you’d necessarily like if you’re trying to look after your health. A more grievous blow against supplements is the fact that manufacturers don’t always bother to ensure the version of a nutrient in a supplement is the one that your body can actually use. This is a widespread problem and can be somewhat offset by ensuring you use reputable brands, but ultimately you want to ensure that you get most of your nutrients from your diet. Getting them from your food also means you’re getting all the other components of the food too that often play at least some part in ensuring the health benefits that you’re looking for in the long run.
The Big Three
There really is no way to understate how important vitamins A, C, and E are for your skin’s health. They provide support for various functions in your body that ensure your skin can be kept healthy and whole. A, for instance, is good for helping to manage drier skin when eaten. C and E are actually tied to the self-repair components of your skin. They help to encourage and maintain the production of collagen as well as giving a slight boost to the production of elastin. These two nutrients alone help to fight off wrinkles. All three of these nutrients are also antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals in your skin that can cause continual damage. The best part? All three of these nutrients are easily eaten in the form of dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale. They’re also found in decent abundance in many other colorful foods like peppers. That makes them easy to incorporate into most diets.
Other Important Nutrients
The big three aren’t the sum total of the nutrients that your skin needs. There are plenty of others ones that either play a support function to the big three or provide their own benefit. These don’t get nearly as much attention as they deserve either. Zinc is one in particular that deserves attention. It appears to have a link to skin repair just like the other three. It may have direct ties to helping manage pigmentation as well. A health amount of the nutrient also helps your skin be more resistant to sun damage. You can get it from some mushrooms and most whole grains too. It is hard to avoid getting a health amount of zinc as a result. Selenium is similar in that respect as it too is available from whole grains, but you can also get it from some poultry and onions. Selenium is a more supportive nutrients that helps to boost E’s functions in various ways. However, it is also being studied as a potential aid in reducing the chance of skin cancer and acne.
Nutrients from your foods will always be better than those you get from a supplement. There are simply too many questions involved in determining if a supplement is even capable of providing the benefits that you want. Fortunately, it is easy enough to eat a balanced diet to get all the nutrients that your body needs. Your skin and the rest of your body will thank you for putting in the effort.