Here are some good skin vitamins
Grape Seed Extract (GSE)
Grape Seed Extract is derived from whole grape seed & contains Vitamin E, Vitamin P (bioflavonoids), linoleic acid, etc. It is a powerful antioxidant that contains proanthocynidin which protects our body from sun damage.
Vitamin C in Grape Seed Extract may help reverse or reduce some of the wrinkling effects. Grape Seed Extract also delivers Vitamin E which concentrates in the membranes of skin cells & helps to hold on to the moisture.
- Inhibits enzymes involved in degradation of collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid.
- Reduces abnormal facial pigmentation & maintains healthy complexion
- Protects body from sun damage.
“GSE promotes youthful skin & elasticity.” – J. Med. Food. 2003 Winter; 6(4):291-9.
“GSE prevents degradation of collagen, elastin & hyaluronic acid.” – Alt. Med. Rev. 2003; 8(4):442-450.
Beta-carotene found in carrots, fruits & green leafy vegetables is a powerful anti-oxidant. Betacarotene (converted to Vitamin A in the body) is an essential skin nourishing nutrient. Vitamin A & Betacarotene help promote, repair and maintenance of skin & provide potent antioxidant protection, protecting the skin from wrinkles & premature ageing. Anti-oxidative activity of Beta-carotene accounts for its photo protective property.
- Protects skin against sun induced skin damage.
- Maintains skin health and appearance.
“Beta-carotene is an endogenous photo protector & its efficacy to prevent UV-induced erythema formation has been demonstrated in various studies.” - Photochem Photobiol. 2008;84:284–8 & Annu Rev Nutr. 2004;24:173–200.
Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)
Also known as Vitamin B3, Nicotinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with natural substances in skin to help minimize enlarged pores, improve uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness & strengthen a weakened surface.
- Helps in skin rejuvenation & has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Component of NAD (Nicotinamide dinucleotide); prevents NAD depletion during DNA repair & thus protects DNA damage4.
“Because of its verifiable beneficial effects, Nicotinamide is a suitable component for use in disorders of ageing skin & for improving pigment disorders.” – J. Cosmet. Dermatol. 2004 Apr;3(2):88-93.
Vitamin C is water soluble vitamin & a most important antioxidant. Vitamin C is not naturally synthesized by the human body & therefore adequate dietary intake of Vitamin C is required and essential. In addition to this, an exposure to sunlight & pollution depletes Vitamin C.
- Powerful antioxidant.
- Essential for collagen biosynthesis.
- Regular intake prevents skin damage.
“Vitamin C is a cofactor for lysyl & prolyl hydroxylase, which stabilize the triple helical structure of collagen. The most commonly described skin manifestation accompanying Vitamin C deficiency is attributed to impaired collagen synthesis.” - Dermato-Endocrinology 4:3, 298–307; July–December 2012
Anti-oxidants (Vitamin C, E, D, Zinc & Selenium)
Skin is a site of multiple oxidative reactions; as skin cells continuously produce through metabolic processes or under external aggressions; highly reactive molecules called free radicals. These molecules are immediately neutralized by enzymatic & non-enzymatic systems of the body. In situations, where this balance is broken, various cellular structures, such as the cell membrane, nuclear or mitochondrial DNA may suffer structural modifications, triggering or worsening skin diseases.
- Essential in collagen synthesis.
- Prevents signs of ageing.
- Protects skin from oxidative stress.
“Antioxidants help fight free radical damage and can help maintain healthy skin. They do so by affecting intracellular signaling pathways involved in skin damage and protecting against photodamage, as well as preventing wrinkles and inflammation.” – J. Drugs Dermatol. 2012 Sep;11(9):e1-4.
Summary of Role of Nutrients for Skin Health:
- Grape Seed Extract - Inhibits degradation of collagen, elastin & maintains healthy complexion.
- Beta-carotene - Boosts skin antioxidant status & prevents photo oxidative damage.
- Vitamin C - Acts as antioxidant; also stimulates fibroblast for collagen synthesis.
Nutricosmetics such as Perfectil act as nutritional supplements to support the function & structure of skin, hair & nails. They work from inside to enhance beauty from within. It contains active nutritional ingredients that are delivered effectively to the skin without any side effects.