Your skin is the mirror of your health and after six months of artificial light, restricted sunshine and habitual mask-wearing, the stress is starting to show! Luckily, all is not lost. A vitamin-rich regime can help to heal your skin, not just on the surface but deep in the dermal levels.
Paul Edmonds London expert aestheticians Sunita Chouhan and Gené Tavari are here to help you take excellent care of your skin at home. They’ll guide you through essential vitamins for radiant skin and where you can find them as part of your diet or as topical products at Paul Edmonds London.
Benefits of Vitamins for the Skin
Vitamin A is most commonly known as ‘Retinol’. This potent vitamin is proven to increase cell turnover and encourage collagen production. “You’re basically making the cellular level turnover much faster and renewing the cells faster, so you’re getting fresher looking skin all the time,” says Sunita.
Because it’s so strong, our experts recommend a consultation with an aesthetician to determine your skin’s sensitivity and tolerance to vitamin A before you begin use.
Best for: pigmentation, dullness and early signs of aging.
When to use: Vitamin A is a photosensitive product which can be harmful if worn in strong sunlight. For this reason, our experts recommend using in the evening, one night a week until tolerance is built up.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) works alongside hyaluronic acid to lock moisture into the skin — our naturally occurring hyaluronic acid depletes over time and topical reintroduction is the best way to restore it.
Best for: all skin types (including sensitive and acne-prone).
Products: Hydrating B5 by SkinCeuticals meshes vitamin B5 with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin. It’s a lightweight gel, making it popular with both men and women.
How to use: You can use vitamin B5 skincare at any time of the day and at any point in your routine. “It gives you an extra plumping effect on the skin,” says Gené. “It’s not greasy and it’s not going to block the pores, either.”
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which penetrates deep into the skin’s layers to break down sun damage, free radicals and pigmentation. Any damage your skin experiences in your youth will come to the surface in several decades’ time, so it’s best to start a vitamin C skincare routine as soon as possible.
Best for: damaged or aging skin.
• SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic – award-winning facial serum with 15% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), and 0.5% Ferulic acid.
• SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF – a post-cleanse morning antioxidant treatment with 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% Ferulic acid.
• SkinCeuticals Serum 10 – a daytime antioxidant serum with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid and Ferulic Acid.
• ZO Skin Health 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating – a slow-release vitamin C serum with multiple antioxidant protection.
How to use: “Because it needs to go to the deepest layers of skin to work, it should be applied straight after your cleanse and tone,” says Sunita.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. It isn’t something we can produce ourselves, so we need to eat foods rich in vitamin D (citrus fruits, yoghurt, salmon) and ensure we get ten to fifteen minutes of sunlight each day.
“Vitamin D plays an important part in skincare,” says Gené. “It travels through your liver and kidneys to give you healthy hair, nails and bones. It helps your skin absorb SPF better, as well.”
Suitable for: Sensitive and damaged skin.
Products: Heliocare Advanced Ultra-D Oral Capsules which contains Fernblock, Vitamin C, E and lycopene.
How to use: Vitamin D supplements are best when taken in the morning. Repeat four to six hours later for antioxidant protection.
Vitamin E skincare benefits focus on skin cell improvement — it strengthens them which leads to improved cell function. It has a heavy, oily texture which makes it great for dry or sensitive skin.
Best for: scarred/damaged skin, dry or sensitive skin.
• SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic – a highly popular facial serum with 1% vitamin E, 15% pure vitamin C and 0.5% Ferulic acid.
• Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C + E – an organic treat for the skin and is available in both a serum and a masque.
How to use: Antioxidant products should typically be applied in the morning and worn all day — vitamin E is no exception!
How to Take Care of Your Skin at Home
The best way to incorporate vitamins into your skincare routine is to ensure you’re using the products best suited to your skin’s needs and to your skin goals. A consultation with a professional is the best way to get the information you need to design a vitamin-rich home regime which works for you.
A tailored skincare routine is only half the story when it comes to excellent skin health. Regular facials and skin care treatments with a professional are absolutely necessary to help reap the full benefit of a home skincare routine.
“When you’ve got blocked pores, the delivery of all those active ingredients, all those vitamins and minerals within that skincare aren’t going to be delivered where they need to go,” says Sunita.
“You’ll not see the benefits and the maximum results you could get if you do one without the other. You need to combine the two to get maximum results from the treatment,” says Gené.
If you’re ready to visit us for a facial or skin treatment, contact us today and let us help you nurture your skin back to radiance. Alternatively, visit our online shop and stock up on luxurious, vitamin-rich products for your at-home skincare routine.