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What Vitamins Are Good for Skin

What Vitamins Are Good for Skin

What Vitamins Are Good for Skin

 

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Once you start taking better care of your skin, you’ll probably find yourself hopping down the skincare rabbit hole at least once or twice. Good skincare involves more than just washing your face and using better products. Your diet and even the supplements you take all affect your skin. 

Looking for a good skincare supplement to get that boyish glow you used to have? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll tell you everything you didn’t know you needed to know about vitamins that are good for your skin and how to use them. 

What Keeps Skin Looking Healthy?

Just washing your face and using a little lotion might be enough to keep your skin comfortable, but for seriously healthy skin, you’ll need to add the right products to the mix and make a few lifestyle adjustments. 

Vitamins keep your body healthy, but they keep your skin healthy, too. If you aren’t getting enough of them from your diet, it will start to show in your skin. Here’s the recipe for sexy-looking skin.

Protect It From the Sun

You love the sun, and the sun has benefits for you, even for your skin. The sun synthesizes vitamin D by interacting with your skin cells. However, unprotected sun damage and exposure leads to skin damage and dramatically increases your risk of developing skin-related cancers. 

The sun ages our skin prematurely by destroying skin cells, causing them to malfunction and reproduce incorrectly. Skin damage from excessive sun exposure  looks like:

  • Sunspots (aka liver spots or age spots)
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Slower collagen production
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Protecting your skin from the sun on a daily basis is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to keep your skin healthy. A mineral-based sunblock is better than chemical-based sunscreen, which absorbs UV rays and free radicals and releases them as heat. 

Mineral-based sunblock reflects UV waves, sending them back into the atmosphere without the use of dangerous chemicals. 

Hydrate Your Skin

Your skin is probably really thirsty, even if you slap some lotion on it once in a while. Most body lotion (we know that’s what you’re using) isn’t made to take care of the skin on your face. 

Your skin needs hydration in its deepest layers. Even if your skin is typically oily on the surface, the excess oil may indicate dehydration. The sebaceous glands in your skin produce sebum, your skin’s natural oil. Dehydrated skin causes the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum to keep your skin better lubricated. 

Unfortunately, the sebaceous glands can sometimes be a little overly eager in their quest to hydrate your skin, resulting in excess oil that can lead to breakouts. 

Eat a Better Diet

What you eat matters to your skin. Essential vitamins and minerals your skin needs are mostly found in the foods you eat. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables can help ensure you’re getting the essential nutrients your skin needs to function properly.

Opt for power foods like:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Citrus fruits like oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Whole grains and cereals
  • Sweet potatoes and potatoes

A lack of certain vitamins in your diet can cause your skin to experience irritation like dryness, redness, and even eczema. 

Adopt a Solid Skin Care Routine

If you aren’t taking good care of your skin, start. Using products designed for your skin and with beneficial ingredients will pay you dividends. Disco makes it easy by giving you access to products specifically formulated to work with the pH balance of a man’s skin. 

Cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and deep cleaning are all parts of a skincare routine for the properly groomed man. 

Got questions? The Disco Journal has answers. 

Four Best Vitamins To Keep Skin Looking Good

It’s no secret some vitamins can help you get great-looking skin. Here are the top four we recommend for getting great-looking skin that’s healthy and sexy. 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is found in many fruits and vegetables but can also be taken in supplement form. Vitamin A is commonly referred to as a retinoid. It is beneficial for blemish-prone skin. 

Vitamin A works by helping your skin cells to turn over faster. Normally, it can take up to a full month for your skin cells to make more new skin, but vitamin A can help speed up that process. Newer skin is healthier skin that also looks more youthful. 

Using vitamin A on your skin topically can help smooth over rough patches and even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A helps cuts heal faster, so using a vitamin A product after you nick yourself shaving is a smart idea. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the OG of skincare vitamins. Your mom probably used vitamin E oil to help remove dark areas of hyperpigmentation on her skin or keep it smooth and soft. 

Vitamin E has both emollient and humectant properties, which make it ideal for use in moisturizers. Humectants help pull moisture into your skin and keep it there, while emollients fill in cracks and help keep skin soft and smooth. 

Although vitamin E absorbs UV light, it’s not sufficient to use for sun protection by itself. However, it’s a great way to get extra protection from the sun.  

Vitamin C

It’s not just for colds. Vitamin C serums help stimulate collagen production, which can keep your skin looking youthful and firm. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps keep your skin protected against external stressors that can cause oxidative stress. 

Vitamin C also helps even out skin tone by brightening the skin and lightening dark spots. 

Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are essential to your skin’s structure and function, and they’re excellent choices for supplementation. Whether you take them internally or use them in a topical skincare product, your skin can grab onto the benefits of fatty acids and stay better hydrated while fighting off early signs of aging. 

You can find fatty acids in plant-based oils like coconut oil and jojoba oil. 

How To Get the Good Stuff

Of course, you can take oral vitamin supplements, but your body won’t use them as readily as they do if you get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals from your food. This is why it’s so important to make sure your diet consists of a little more than pizza and beer. 

Always opt to include foods like: 

  • Omega-3s, such as tuna sardines, salmon, and fish oil
  • Lean protein meat like chicken

In addition to taking supplements, you can also get the benefits of these vitamins through topical products that contain them. 

Disco’s entire line of men’s skincare products is packed with vitamins, fatty acids, and skin-loving ingredients that help get you sexier, healthier skin and complexion. 

Looking for a quick start? Here’s what you can use right now to get these vitamins on your face. 

Vitamin Based Skin Care Products

Vitamin-based skin care products help give your skin the vitamins it needs directly, which can help make sure your skin gets enough. Here’s how to give your skin an apple a day with the right products. 

  • Face Cleanser Stick. It all starts with a good wash. Disco’s face cleanser stick is easy to use and contains nourishing ingredients to cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Coconut oil keeps skin hydrated, cleansed, and deeply conditioned without causing irritation. 
  • Hydrating Face Moisturizer. Your skin needs moisture, and body lotion isn’t the solution. Our hydrating facial moisturizer contains a healthy dose of vitamin E for hydration and conditioning. Powerful antioxidant vitamin C helps brighten skin and protect it from external oxidative stress, while macadamia nut oil deeply nourishes and provides anti-aging properties. 
  • Exfoliating Face Scrub. Increase cellular turnover and get healthier-looking skin with our exfoliating face scrub. Formulated with crushed apricot seed powder, our exfoliator won’t irritate your skin or cause microtears. 

    Apricot oil is rich in vitamin A to help renew skin. Papain, an enzyme derived from papaya, helps loosen the bonds between dead skin cells and new skin to slough away dead skin on the surface.
    Aloe helps repair and nourish skin to eliminate irritation and redness. 

Let’s Disco

Vitamins are essential for your body and your skin, and taking a vitamin supplement can help make up for any vitamin deficiencies you might have in your diet. When your diet is on point, grab vitamin-rich skincare products that are guaranteed to get your skin in incredible shape with topical application. 

Disco is your go-to brand for natural, plant-based skincare that is packed with all the good stuff. Our skincare is designed to work synergistically with men’s skin to help keep it healthy and sexy looking (even if your diet really is mostly pizza and beer). 

 

Sources:

Vitamin A and Skin Health | Linus Pauling Institute | Oregon State University 

Vitamin C–squalene bioconjugate promotes epidermal thickening and collagen production in human skin | Scientific Reports 

Vitamin E in dermatology|NCBI
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