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What are the Best Vitamins and Minerals for Skin Health?

The Best Vitamins for Skin


How your skin looks and feels can be one of the clearest signs that your body is getting the hydration and nutrition it needs. It’s your body’s largest organ after all, so if you’re not getting all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep it healthy and glowing, it’ll soon start to show.


When you’re looking for vitamins for skin health, you can put your trust in clean, natural ingredients, hand-picked the Garden of Life way, in soil devoid of harmful chemicals. But which vitamins are really best for skin, and the health of your complexion? Take a look at our guide to the vitamins and minerals that will help to keep you looking and feeling your best.


Vitamin A: the free radical fighter


Vitamin A is a powerful natural antioxidant that can help to fight free radicals on your skin’s surface. Free radicals are unstable atoms from the environment that can cause oxidative stress to your skin, potentially leading to premature signs of ageing. Sources of free radicals can include pollution, industrial chemicals, and exposure to X-rays.


This essential vitamin can help to curb these effects, reduce skin imperfections, and play a key role in reprogramming your skin’s cellular function, leaving it feeling wonderfully renewed and with a youthful glow.


Add more vitamin A to your diet through skimmed milk, eggs, green veg like broccoli and spinach, as well as any orange or yellow fruits and vegetables.



Vitamin B12: the pigment regulator


Vitamin B12 is something that your body doesn’t produce naturally, so it’s a good idea to look for a supplement, especially if you follow a plant-based diet. Vitamin B12 supports skin health by regulating the production of pigment in the skin, meaning it can help to guard against hyperpigmentation and the emergence of dark spots. Beyond the skin, vitamin B12 is also credited for reducing tiredness and fatigue, too, meaning this is a fantastic vitamin spray to add to your morning routine.


To maintain a clear, glowing complexion, be sure to infuse your diet with vitamin B12 each and every day – especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan. Our Organics Vitamin B12 Spray is a great option, as just one spritz in your mouth each morning could help towards regulating the pigment in your skin, making it a good choice if you struggle with an uneven skin tone or dark spots.



Vitamin C: the wonder vitamin


Most of us are fully aware of the wider benefits of vitamin C, but many are less familiar with the ways in which it supports skin health. One significant benefit of vitamin C is that it contains free radical-fighting antioxidants that help combat signs of premature ageing, and can even help protect against sun damage. Just as importantly, however, this wonder vitamin is also vital for the production of collagen, and, as a result, can help to maintain the skin’s firmness.


While most commonly found in citrus fruits, vitamin C is also contained in vegetables, including tomatoes and broccoli. To make sure you’re getting your daily dose of vitamin C, try taking a specially-formulated supplement like our Organics Vitamin C Spray (which has a fantastically zingy orange tangerine flavour), or one of our Raw Organic All-in-One Powders, which come in flavours including vanilla and chocolate.



Zinc: the anti-inflammatory mineral


Getting the right minerals for your skin is just as important as finding the best vitamins, and zinc should be top of your list. This essential mineral has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can help to improve the appearance of acne or scarring on the skin, as well as the appearance of lines and wrinkles.


Meat is a great source of zinc, but if you’re trying to follow a more plant-based lifestyle, nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils and whole grains all contain zinc too. The one issue with zinc is that the body doesn’t store it for a long period of time, so if you want to get that extra zinc boost that could benefit your skin and immune system health, try our Vitamin Code Raw Zinc Capsules and see if you notice a difference.



Collagen: the plentiful protein


Collagen is a vital mineral for keeping your skin strong, elastic, and hydrated. As the most abundant protein in the entirety of the body, it’s a major component of your skin’s connective tissue, and can even help to reduce the depth of wrinkles.


Boost your collagen supply by trying our Collagen Beauty Powder in Strawberry Lemonade or Cranberry Pomegranate. These powders also contain vitamin C, as well as biotin, which can give your hair, skin and nails a boost.



For a body that feels great, inside and out, explore the full collection of vitamins and supplements at Garden of Life.


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